Junior Ranger is a collaborative jazz quartet with bases in Chicago and New York. They have worked to explore non-traditional orchestration, firm compositional structures, and free improvisation. Performing both nationally and internationally, their individual members have won awards across the United States. In 2014 Junior Ranger was awarded a grant through Oberlin Conservatory to incorporate Dutch improvisation into their sound and develop new material, and they spent January of 2015 in Amsterdam, rehearsing and performing new music with support from STEIM and Conservatorium van Amsterdam. This resulting music was recorded in Clonick Recording Studio on May 27th & 28th 2015, and was released as their debut album Monster Masks on October 13th, 2015.
Junior Ranger recently finished an artist residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, around which they organized a month-long summer 2016 tour.
In the fall of 2016 Junior Ranger will head back into the studio to record their yet-untitled second release.
Joe Suihkonen - Trumpet & Cornet
Noah Gershwin - Guitars & Electronics
Eric Krouse - Piano & Keyboards
Emerson Hunton - Drums
Our debut album Monster Masks explores aesthetic form and instrumental function - both collectively and as individual musicians. As each of us occupies the space inside these short and angular forms, the other members shift their approach in order to fill a void or create space. This idea enables our to group focus more on the individual than on the traditional role of the instrument. Much like putting on a mask, each short form shapes our ideas and alters the sounds that we create.
Currently booking January - August 2017
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