Matt Holman, trumpet/compositions
Jeremy Udden, saxophone/compositions
Jarrett Cherner, piano/compositions
Martin Nevin, bass/compositions
Ziv Ravitz, drums/compositions
Started in 2011, SKETCHES is a Brooklyn-based collective jazz quintet in which each member writes music based on another member's musical idea. Before each rehearsal members post a sketch from their notebook (e.g. any musical fragment, a collection of fragments, an incomplete tune) and another member uses that as the basis for a new composition. Inherent in each piece is the challenge of blending two distinct musical personalities, yet with an ensemble of strong composers and sensitive performers, the results have been as engaging as they are unpredictable.
Members of the project are leaders of their own bands and all in-demand sideman as well, having performed and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Darcy James Argue, Joe Lovano, Steve Lacy, George Garzone, Aaron Goldberg, Aaron Parks, & Esperanza Spalding, among many others. They have also garnered multiple accolades from the Young Jazz Composer Awards, the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize/Manny Albam Commission, as well as both national and international performance competitions.
"These songs may have all started life as unfinished bits and pieces, but they've grown into wondrous creations under the watchful eyes of these men. Hopefully a Volume Two will follow.” –Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
"The results are poised, balanced, intimate conversations.” –Jon Garelick, Boston Globe
Featured tracks from SKETCHES Volume Two:
"Caught In The Storm” Cherner/Holman
“Wrong Place, Wrong Time” Udden/Cherner
“Calm After The Storm” Cherner