Ethan Iverson

Ethan Iverson

Ethan Iverson (composer, arranger, piano) was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure, TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction. Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart Quartet for well over a decade and occasionally performs with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter. For almost 15 years Iverson’s blog Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis, surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.” More recently Iverson has been writing about jazz for The New Yorker. In 2017 Iverson co-curated a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University, and in 2018 premiered an original piano concerto with the American Composers Orchestra and released a duo album with Mark Turner on ECM. Many years ago, Iverson was the Mark Morris Dance Group’s musical director and is thrilled to be back in the pit for MMDG again!