Randy Ingram (pianist/composer) has been hailed as “gifted” (Jazz Times), “one of the best up-and-coming pianists” (Icon), and “a formidable composer” (The San Francisco
Chronicle). “A young pianist drawn to contemporary harmony and a sleek rhythmic sensibility… Astute, self-possessed” (The New York Times). “He’s got a crystalline sound, rich and wide open, and knows how to state a melody with spacious chords, veering into logical solos that wander into intriguing lands” (Jazz Weekly).
“Ingram and his band consistently get it right,” applauds All About Jazz NY. “[They are an impressive] leader and group that one expects will continue to make great music for years.”
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, raised in Laguna Beach, California, Randy Ingram currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. A protégé of pianists Alan Pasqua, Danilo Perez and Fred Hersch, who named him to the vanguard of contemporary young jazz pianists, Ingram won scholarships to the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelors degree for Jazz Performance, and The New England Conservatory, where he received his Masters of Music. Randy Ingram was selected to attend the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program and is a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award.
Randy Ingram has performed and recorded with leading musicians including Matt Brewer, Obed Calvaire, Joel Frahm, Marcus Gilmore, Ari Hoenig, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Jensen, Joe LaBarbera, Joe Locke, Lage Lund, Jacam Manricks, Benny Maupin, Ben Monder, Matt Penman, Ted Poor, Noah Preminger, Kendrick Scott, Jaleel Shaw, Tierney Sutton, Jeremy Udden, Will Vinson, and the late Billy Higgins. He has toured with recording artists Samantha Ronson (Roc-a-Fella), Kristina Train (Blue Note) and Nikki Yanofksy (Decca/Universal). In 2012, he was cast in Monica Z, an upcoming film about the Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, playing one of his heroes, the pianist Bill Evans. Ingram has twice toured Europe as a bandleader and he has performed throughout Europe and Japan as a sideman. He has also played on national television and at venues including Birdland, The Blue Note, The 55Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Jazz Standard, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, and Smalls in New York City; The Regattabar and Sculler’s in Boston; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Catalina Bar and Grill and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles; The A-Trane in Berlin, Germany; Jimmy Glass in Valencia, Spain; and the Guimarães Jazz Festival in Guimarães, Portugal.
Randy Ingram made his recording debut with The Road Ahead (2009, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records). “When Ingram is not playing one of his own superb tunes, he reinvents pop gems like The Beatles’ ‘For No One,’ and standards including ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ and ‘So In Love,’ wrote Rochester City Newspaper. “Whatever he plays, Ingram attacks the keyboard with equal shares of flair, taste and dexterity, making every track an evocative journey.” According to The Boston Herald, “[Ingram’s] throughly enjoyable debut portends a bright future… The Road Ahead suggests he’ll be hard to stop.”