Justin Walter and Ben Jansson Quintet Justin Walter and Ben Jansson Quintet Justin Walter and Ben Jansson Quintet Justin Walter and Ben Jansson Quintet





Justin Walter and Ben Jansson Quintet

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Justin Walter, trumpet
  • Ben Jansson, saxophone
  • Rick Roe, piano
  • Kurt Krahnke, bass
  • David Brophy, drums

Event Details

This performance is generously sponsored by John Lilley.

Justin Walter

Ann Arbor, Michigan's Justin Walter records dreamy, evocative music for trumpet, electronics, and EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), an obscure, difficult-to-master wind-controlled analog synthesizer often associated with fusion and new age music. Drifting somewhere around the intersections of jazz, ambient, and modern composition, Walter's otherworldly music fluidly shifts between different tonal colors and moods. While generally warm, hazy, and shimmering, his music occasionally reflects darker states of mind. His work has precedents in the Fourth World music of Jon Hassell, as well as other artists associated with ECM Records, but it's utterly unique, and its originality is refreshing.

Ben Jansson

Ben Jansson has been playing jazz since he began attending Community High School in Ann Arbor. He developed a strong fundamental approach to straight-ahead jazz by studying with Mike Grace at Community High and with Detroit’s legendary sax master George Benson. Since then, Jansson has recorded several of his own compositions on a debut live recording at the (recently closed) Firefly Club in Ann Arbor. The CD is entitled “Sweetie Pie” ( 2006 PKO records).

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. 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).

Kurt Krahnke

Kurt Krahnke has been one of the most in-demand bassists in the State of Michigan–-and beyond-–for decades. After getting a solid foundation at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then went on play with Wendell Harrison, Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and Leon Thomas. He is, for very good reason, one of the busiest bassists around.

David Brophy

Drummer David Brophy has been an in-demand drummer and rising star on the Boston jazz scene for several years after relocating from Ann Arbor and following his completion of a Masters degree in New York City in early 2000. David has toured with celebrated jazz singer Rachel Price over the last ten years. He has performed at numerous national and international jazz festivals, appeared on the David Letterman and Craig Ferguson Shows and leads his own Boston-based trio, the David Brophy Trio. David’s drumming style is incredibly versatile, playing everything from jazz, blues and pop to Irish folk music and beyond.