Colorado native, Nate attended Berklee College of Music in Boston,
Seattle Pacific University, and the University of California Santa
Barbara, where he remained based for many years after. An eastward
move to New York City in 2005 broadened his horizons and deepened
both his artistic resolve and his musical evolution.
performing his own music or jazz classics, Birkey steadfastly holds
his quintet together with thoughtful arrangements that instill a
sense of wonder as to what's coming next.
subtle vocal and trumpet approach has often been compared to that
of Chet Baker and Miles Davis respectively. A sound poised and assured,
powerfully stark and spare, it creates an atmosphere at once solitary
one of the hottest new groups on the scene is the Nate Birkey Quintet...Birkey's
work on the trumpet has been honed to perfection, reflecting the
influence of Miles Davis."
Agnew, L.A. Jazz Scene