Originally from Buffalo, drummer and composer Kate Gentile has played and recorded with a panoply of renowned musicians since moving to NYC in 2011. Kate has worked with Anthony Braxton, Dustin Carlson, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Matt Mitchell, Helado Negro, Ted Reichman, Chris Speed, Anna Webber, and John Zorn.

In addition to working as a sideman and collaborator, Kate leads bands exploring her own music, which has been described as "...hyper-detailed...designed to spur multi-faceted improvisation". Kate leads bands with Kim Cass, Adam Hopkins, Matt Mitchell, Hank Roberts, Chris Speed, and Jeremy Viner, which play her compositions often exploring complex rhythmic and harmonic material. Her record Mannequins (Skirl 037, June 2017) has garnered much critical acclaim from both music journalists and heavyweight musicians.

Other key projects Kate is a part of are Snark Horse, in which she co-leads and shares compositional duties with pianist Matt Mitchell; Matt Mitchell's sextet Phalanx Ambassadors, and Dustin Carlson's septet Air Ceremony. Gentile and Carlson also have a compositionally collaborative guitar-drums duo called Secret People.



-JAZZ SPEAKS interview (Nov. 2017)

-interview by Cisco Bradley of Jazz Right Now that you can read here

-Phalanx Trio interview for The Jazz Gallery

-downbeat player profile- interview/article by Ken Micallef 

-Pop Matters - in depth article/interview by Will Layman




Kate Gentile New Quartet

Jeremy Viner - clarinet/tenor
Matt Mitchell - piano
Kim Cass - bass
KG - drums, compositions


Jeremy Viner - clarinet/tenor
Matt Mitchell - piano
Adam Hopkins - bass
KG - drums, compositions

buy/listen on bandcamp


Matt Mitchell - piano
KG - drums
+ configurations of: Kim Cass, Jon Irabagon, Ben Gerstein, Ava Mendoza, Mary Halvorson
Plays many very, very short compositions, half of which are mine and half of which are Matt Mitchell's.


Dustin Carlson - guitar & compositions
Kate Gentile - drums/vibes & compositions
Plays varied compositions with improvisation. Music is written by both of us. Rock, jazz, and noise/electronic music etc.


Matt Mitchell - piano
Kim Cass - bass
Kate Gentile - drums

a sub-grouping of both Snark Horse and Matt's band Phalanx Ambassadors that allows us to unpack dense compositions from bigger groups in other ways


some reviews of Mannequins:

el intruso - in depth review
free jazz collective 
avant music news 
WBGO - Nate Chinen - Take 5
the observer - listing/writeup 
downtown music gallery
downbeat editors picks (July 2017 )
Something Else! - review & exclusive stream
NYT - listing/writeup
all about jazz 
music and more
stuart kremsky