Kate Gentile

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Originally from Buffalo, drummer/composer/improviser Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011.

Kate has played with Michael Formanek, Kris Davis, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Lightcap, Matt Mitchell, Marty Ehrlich, Terry McManus, Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, and Anna Webber. She has recently recorded with Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s Towering Poppies Fortune Songs and David Aaron’s Flip City.

“…[Gentile’s] inventive drumming…leads the listener into a gentle place.” –Step Tempest

“[Gentile’s] drum work on this [Fortune Songs] is exquisite.” –Bird Is The Worm

In addition to being a frequently used sideman and collaborator, Kate also leads bands exploring her own music, which often tend towards dense, long-form compositions with unconventional rhythms and harmony. Her music has been described as “…hyper-detailed…designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation”. Her most recently formed trio with pianist Matt Mitchell deals with a new book of compositions containing varied forms and harmonic and rhythmic structures that demand a spectrum of improvisational creativity.

Kate holds a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Education from

the Eastman School of Music. Kate has also studied independently with a host of great drummers, improvisers, and composers, including Dan Weiss, Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Marc Ducret, Miles Okazaki, and John Riley.

Kate has enjoyed teaching drum lessons independently for 10 years and has also taught at several schools in upstate NY and Toronto.