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, tenor saxophone
Rick Roe, piano
David Rosin, bass
Sean Dobbins, drums
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.