Listen to Ike:


Neighborhood: Midtown East, Manhattan

Ages taught: ages 8-adult

Levels taught: beg-adv

Ike Sturm is a bassist, composer and bandleader in New York. He serves as the music director for jazz at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan (the “Jazz Church”), celebrating a deep jazz tradition of memorializing visionaries such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Ike has shared the stage with many gifted artists including Gene Bertoncini, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler. He has played on four “Downbeat” award-winning recordings as well as composer Steve Reich’s releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. Ike studied jazz and classical bass and composition while earning Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music. In 1999, he was inspired by studies with legendary bassist Dave Holland. Saint Peter’s Church recently commissioned Ike to compose a jazz mass for choir, strings and jazz septet. The studio recording features Grammy award nominee Donny McCaslin. Ike’s first release, Spirit, featured 14 performers and an extended original suite. For more about Ike, visit