Date:   7/5/2013

Ike Sturm Ensemble - an evening of Jazz at Thrasher

The Ike Sturm Ensemble will be performing an evening of jazz at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful Green Lake on Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. Ike is a bassist, composer and bandleader in New York. He serves as Music Director for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan (the “Jazz Church”), celebrating a deep tradition of weekly jazz services and memorializing visionaries such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

Raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, Ike learned from his father, gifted composer and arranger, Fred Sturm.  Ike has been fortunate to perform with Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Steve Lehman, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler and many others.  He has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings as well as Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Signal and plays regularly with creative bands in New York and around the world.

Ike studied jazz and classical bass, music education and composition while earning Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music. In addition, he drew inspiration from studies with legendary bassist Dave Holland.

Commissioned by Saint Peter’s Church, Ike composed Jazz Mass as a large-scale work featuring choir, string orchestra and GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Donny McCaslin.  The recording received an outstanding 4 1/2 star rating and was named among the “Best of 2010″ in DOWNBEAT magazine. Jazz Mass was premiered in Europe in 2011 at the historic Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, followed by Ike Sturm Ensemble tours of the U.S. and Scandinavia in 2012 and 2013.

Joining Ike will be a NYC ensemble featuring Downbeat's 2012 Rising Star vibraphonist Chris Dingman, guitarist Jesse Lewis and internationally acclaimed singer, Misty Ann Sturm.

To download some of Ike’s music or to learn more about his work, visit

Tickets for this wonderful celebration of 15 years are only $18 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Tickets available at


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