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Dustin Garlitz

was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Matthew M. Shipp, Sr., a Delaware police officer, and Gertrude Quinton, a nurse. The trumpeter Clifford Brown was a family friend growing up in Delaware. Shipp attended the University of Delaware, and then the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. At the New England Conservatory he studied with saxophonist Joe Maneri. As a young musician Shipp also studied with Dennis Sandole, who gave music lessons to the young John Coltrane.

Shipp moved to New York City in 1984, where he has been based since. In 2000 he became curator of The Blue Series on Thirsty Ear Records. Shipp has led his own trio for over two decades, and has performed in duo settings with bassist William Parker, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell violinist Mat Maneri guitarist Joe Morris and saxophonist Ivo Perelman among a number of others He performed in ...