PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2013 - Music (Jazz Studies)
Ryan Keberle, Music Lecturer, of the Juilliard - Jazz Studies
has won a 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence for Scholarship or Creative Activity.
Since his arrival at Hunter, trombonist Ryan Keberle's diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up-and-coming innovators. Both his own compositions and his arrangements of works by other composers evidence his expansive tastes, which encompass Duke Ellington, The Beatles, and Ravel, among others. His work in the indie rock world has provided the newest fork in what has been an unpredictable career. It has also afforded him the chance to return to the piano, as he has with the singer/songwriter Nedelle Torrisi of the band Cryptacize. He has also performed with the Saturday Night Live House band and with "Family Guy" creator Seth
MacFarlane. His music has taken him to venues across the globe, throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.
Whether performing in any one of these vastly different contexts or leading his own band, Keberle continues to evolve into one of the most intriguing and vital musicians of his generation. Aside from his successful performance career, Mr. Keberle has also developed the reputation as being one of the leading jazz educators in New York City and beyond. In 2001 Mr. Keberle was selected as the artistic director for New York City's first youth jazz orchestra, Jazz Band Classic. The band made its premiere with Jimmy Heath in Aaron Davis Hall, and finished its season with an appearance by Slide Hampton in Carnegie Hall. Since 2004 Keberle has also directed the burgeoning jazz program at Hunter College.