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Merriam-Webster defines catharsis as “the act or process of releasing a strong emotion, especially by expressing in an art form.” That is a perfect introduction to the evocative jazz of Ryan Keberle and Catharsis. The NYC-based trombonist/composer and his distinctive piano-less quartet will perform at White Horse Black Mountain on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Since arriving in New York in 1999, Ryan Keberle has navigated the city’s complex and varied music scene by deploying his talents in the service of his own music and that of an array of jazz legends, pop superstars and up-and-coming innovators. In Catharsis, he has joined forces with some of the finest rising talents on the Big Apple scene to create a sound that's rich in melodic invention, heavy groove and a subtle indie rock sensibility. Along with Keberle’s brilliant trombone, the group consists of trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Eric Doob.

The most recent Catharsis album, "Azul Infinito," features Chilean vocalist Camila Meza and offers unexpected and original treatments of works inspired by South American composers. "Azul Infinito" has been drawing critical raves and is on this year’s Grammy ballot in multiple categories.

Trombone and groove

Who: Ryan Keberle and Catharsis

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $10 advance, $12 door

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