Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Brooklyn-based trumpeter/percussionist Shane Endsley is an avant-garde, jazz, and post-rock-leaning musician who finds work across a broad spectrum of musical styles from folk to free improvisation. Born in Denver, Endsley studied trumpet, percussion, and composition at the Eastman School of Music. After graduating, he found work performing with several name artists, including singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Endsley is a founding member of the post-rock/jazz outfit Kneebody -- all of whose members met while attending Eastman -- and has appeared on several albums with the ensemble, including the group's 2005 studio debut on trumpeter Dave Douglas' Greenleaf label. A regular performer with such downtown N.Y.C. artists as trumpeter Ralph Alessi -- with whom he often plays drums -- and saxophonist Tim Berne, Endsley released his debut solo album, 2nd Guess, in 2002 on WenEnd Music. In 2007, Down Beat magazine picked Endsley as one of the Top 25 trumpeters of his generation. In 2011, he returned with Then the Other on Low Electrical Records.