Ben Turner is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area where he maintains a busy schedule as leader and sideman. He currently attends the Boyer College of Music at Temple University in North Philadelphia, where he studies jazz performance. While there, he has had the privilege and opportunity
to work withrenowned faculty such as Peter Bernstein, Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts, Dave Wong, Warren Wolf, among others.
As part of an exchange program through Temple University, Ben recently spent four months in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, studying with Jesse van Ruller at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. While there, he was afforded opportunities to travel and perform around Europe. In addition, Ben was one of two guitarists accepted into the 2018 class of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. While there he worked with esteemed faculty members including Kennedy Center Artistic Director and Jason Moran, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, among others.
Tim Brey, pianist, composer, educator is an in-demand jazz pianist living in Philadelphia, and a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies, where he studied under pianists Bruce Barth and Tom Lawton. He has had the privilege of performing in small groups led by Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Noah Preminger, Joanna Pascale, James Moore, and John Swana; featured in ensembles with Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Houston Person, Karrin Allyson, and many more.
Bass player Mike Boone is an elder statesman in the Philadelphia jazz scene. He is widely seen as one of its top bass players and is in constant demand in both Philadelphia and New York City. Boone graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor in Music. He worked with such notable jazz artists as Joey Defrancesco, Ben Vereen, Buddy Rich, Leslie Uggams, James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd, Dakota Staton, Al Grey, Shirley Scott, Uri Caine, Orrin Evans, and John Swana. Boone has mentored countless young jazz players through their formative years on the Philly jazz scene. Along with his nightly club work he has taught for the Kimmel Center Summer Program and has served as the Professor of Jazz Bass at Temple University since 2005. Boone has self produced 5 albums.