The Ben Fowler Quintet infuses modern jazz with a heavy dose of soul, blues, and gospel roots. The Quintet is returning for an incredible night of music at the Jack London Revue! Get ready for a diverse sound-scape weaving in and out of familiar styles of the past and present within the jazz context. You'll get a taste of old-time gospel, New Orleans Second Line, hip-hop, hard-swinging Blue Note post-bop, the Nouveau Swing style of the 90s, and beyond. The band's debut release, The Pilgrimage, is available on CDbaby.com.
Ben grew up singing hymns in church. His dad and grandfather were both ministers. "There was a lot of fire and brimstone preaching back then, and it sort of permeated my world as a child", he recalls. He started playing alto saxophone in the 5th grade, and went on to receive numerous performance awards in high school and college jazz programs. By this point he got way into jazz, and found a way to channel that fire and brimstone energy of his youth into his music. He began honing his saxophone skills in multiple contexts simultaneously: blues, rock, funk, fusion, and straight ahead jazz. He went on to perform with, and learn from, some most excellent musicians and bands, including The Four Freshman, Billy Hart, Body & Soul, D.K. Stewart, Joey Porter, Andy Stokes, Jay "Bird" Koder, Leroy Vinegar, Tony Pacini, Mel Brown, Renato Caranto, Tall jazz, Randy Porter, Gary Hobbs, Thara Memory, Gordon Lee, Chris Brown, Rob Scheps, Margo Tufo, and Norman Sylvester. His playing is influenced by: Kenny Garrett, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Johnny Hodges, and Miles Davis. Ben currently resides in Portland, OR. You can learn more about his current project on Facebook via the The Ben Fowler Quintet, page. Ben's debut release, The Pilgrimage, is available now on CDbaby.com or on your favorite streaming platforms.