Ben Jansson Quartet

Ben Jansson





Ben Jansson Quartet

  • $30 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Ben Jansson, tenor saxophone
  • Rick Roe, piano
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • Sean Dobbins, drums

Event Details

This all-star group showcases compositions by Michigan native Jansson, who combines modern harmonic and rhythmic ideas within a traditional jazz quartet setting. The group's sound is inspired by the early style of the Stan Getz Quartet, as well as the quartets of Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of John Lilley & Connie Cronenwett.

Ben Jansson

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, jazz saxophonist Ben Jansson has been living in Japan for the past three years. Jansson has played jazz festivals and clubs throughout the country on a steady basis. As well, Ben has accompanied American musicians playing in Japan including playing with Americans: NYC drummer Gene Jackson and trumpeter Neil Stalnaker. In Michigan, Ben has played gigs with bassist Paul Kellers ensemble, PKO big band, Randy Napoleon Sextet, John Shea trio, Pete Siers “Organic Roots” band, Sean Dobbins, Johnny Trudell. As well Jansson has played gigs backing up Aretha Franklin, Freddy Cole, Johnny Mathis. He has two CD’s “Your Soul”, 2012 and “Sweetie Pie”, 2006 and has appeared on recordings by Paul Keller, Pete Siers, Randy Napoleon, and the “Masters of Music” big band featuring Peter Erskine.

Rick Roe

Rick Roe won first place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 1994, was twice a semifinalist in Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, in 1993 and 1999, and has been a featured performer in the Jacksonville (Florida) Jazz, Savannah (Georgia) Onstage International Arts, Montreaux/Detroit Jazz, Birmingham Jazz, Lansing Jazz, Flint Jazz, and Hawaii Jazz (with Frank Morgan) Festivals.Read more.

Mr. Roe has served as an educator/clinician at the University of Arizona, North Texas University, Michigan State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Michigan, and the Montreaux/ Detroit Jazz Festival. He has given performances with Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Rodney Whitaker, Frank Foster, Andrew Speight, Wycliffe Gordon, Gerald Cleaver, Victor Goines, Louis Smith, Randy Gelispie, Vincent York, Wendall Harrison, Dwight Adams, and many others. His recordings include "The Changeover" (1997), "Monk's Modern Music" (1995), and "Sphere" (2005). 

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Paul Keller

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Sean Dobbins

Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean’s great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles, jazz radio programs, and documentaries. Read more.

Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James “Blood” Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O’Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians.

Sean’s sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean’s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, as well as Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones. See less.