October 11th, 2022 9:30pm Stage 3
Dabin Ryu is an award winning Jazz pianist from Seoul, South Korea. She has performed with world renowned artists such as Neal Smith, Rodney Jones, Kurt Elling, and Carl Allen. Dabin has performed at Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Dizzy’s Club, Scullers, Harlem Stage, Berklee Performance Center, and many others. As a bandleader, notable performances include a 2019 international tour in South Korea and a performance at the Jazz Gallery in April 2022.
In 2021 Dabin released her debut album, Wall, which she produced, composed, and arranged. Wall features ten original compositions that settle within the jazz tradition, yet refuse the fall into convention. The compositions are stylistically diverse - ranging from Through Composed to Hard Bop - yet they meld to communicate the strong characteristics of Dabin's artistic vision.
Dabin has a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Ralph Peterson, Joanne Brackeen, Kendrick Scott, Buster Williams, Neal Smith, Ted Rosenthal, and Phil Markowitz.
Lex Korten has had ample opportunity to learn from some of the finest and most dedicated mentors in Jazz music. To help represent America’s great original art form, a music with social purpose and irrevocable partnership with African-American heritage, is a privilege and responsibility Lex strives to fulfill every day. He has been fortunate enough to perform worldwide in service of this message and the betterment of his craft. Lex is proud to collaborate with many like-minded individuals in his generation and an ever-expanding list of great luminaries, and he leads new projects regularly at The Jazz Gallery in NYC. His playing has been called upon by greats including Tyshawn Sorey, Jaleel Shaw, Caroline Davis, Ari Hoenig, Dayna Stephens, Robert Hurst, Clarence Penn, Joel Ross and Massimo Biolcati. Recently, Lex won 1st prize in the 2020 UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition, held in South Africa.