Bassist James Driscoll has been an active member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth music scene for 20 years. He has performed with Doc Severinsen, Dan Haerle, George Garzone, Stockton Helbing, Joe McBride, Ed Soph, Marin Stamm and many more. After earning a BM in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas, Driscoll began an adjunct faculty position at Richland College (DCCCD) where he teaches bass performance. In addition to his busy performing and recording schedule, Driscoll operates a small studio in Dallas where he composes for music production libraries and mixes and masters artist recordings.
Noted for his distinctive spark on the instrument, Canadian pianist and composer Josh Hanlon has made his musical home in the jazz oasis of Denton, Texas, for over a decade. His focused, yet versatile approach to the instrument has kept him well in demand as a performer and educator. Recent examples include his upcoming release, "The Baytree Sessions, Vol. 1" (Armored Records), and sideman work with the Stockton Helbing Quintet and the Maniacal 4.
Hanlon earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, where he played piano in their flagship ensemble: the One O'Clock Lab Band. He served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, as well as taught Jazz Piano at the University of North Texas and St. Francis Xavier University. Perhaps Hanlon’s most notable credit is his five years as pianist and conductor for country music legend Ray Price. You can keep up with Hanlon at his website, joshhanlon.com
David Lown is a graduate (M.M., B.M.) of the University of North Texas, where he performed for three years with the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band and directed the Four O’Clock Lab Band. In 2002, Lown was the winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz competition and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Jazz Studies.
After graduating from UNT, Lown worked actively as a saxophonist in New York City for several years, performing with the Dave Liebman Big Band, Bill Warfield's New York Fusion Ensemble, and many others. Lown has recorded professionally with many artists and ensembles, including rock group Bowling for Soup, the Dave Liebman Big Band, The Steve Haines Quintet featuring Jimmy Cobb, and the Stockton Helbing Quartet.
David Lown has directed the jazz program at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas since 2008. Under his direction, Carroll Jazz Ensembles have been named national finalists at the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition two times (2010 and 2014), where they were twice given the award for Outstanding Brass. Lown’s top Jazz Ensemble also earned the honor of Texas Invited High School Jazz Ensemble in 2013. Lown was named Carroll Senior High School's Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014, and in 2017 was named a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.
Ken Edwards, trumpet and flugelhorn player, is an active freelance musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Ken was a featured soloist while on tour with the legendary jazz trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson, and played on Ferguson's final studio album, The One and Only (MF Music). He was also a member and featured soloist in the world-renown One O’clock Lab band for two years.
Beginning his musical journey as a freshman at Myrtle Beach high school under the direction of Dale Hair, Ken was encouraged to play the tuba and later learned trombone in order to be a part of the after school jazz program. Moving to Lewisville, TX, at the beginning of his junior year in high school, Ken continued to play tuba and trombone in the school ensembles. After graduation, he entered the Navy under a two-year program and began learning the trumpet in his off time. After the completion of his duties, he began his applied studies in trumpet with Dr. Rick Bogard at the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned his B.M. in Music Education immediately followed by his graduate studies at The University of North Texas where he earned his M.M. in Jazz Performance and studied trumpet with Jay Saunders and Mike Steinel.
Ken's first solo recording titled Lost In This Place (Armored Records) was released in 2007 and introduced seven original compositions, which also featured Stockton Helbing and Brian Mulholland. Ken has shared the stage with many well-known artists, such as Don Henley and the Eagles, Curtis Fuller, Bobby Shew, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Lew Soloff, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, and recorded alongside Wayne Bergeron, Clay Jenkins, David Braid, Chip McNeill and Steve Wiest. Ken has also recorded as a sideman with Stockton Helbing, Brian Mulholland, the UNT One O'clock Lab Band, Dan Bruce, Kris Berg, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra and Mark Tonelli, to name a few.
Following his eleven-year teaching appointment at The University of Texas at Arlington, Ken looks forward to exploring more artistic performing and teaching opportunities.
Born, raised and currently living in DFW TX, Jacob Smith is a local top call Acoustic and Electric Bass player. He is currently writing and recording his first solo album, with plans for release in 2018. From 2007-2011 He attended the University of North Texas and played in the prestigious One O' Clock Lab Band. From 2011-2013 he was a member of Tim Hagans' and the late Bob Belden's fusion group, Animation. He recorded the album "Transparent Heart" with them, and toured America, London and Spain. He also has performed with many artists including Jimi Tunnell, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jimmy Cobb, Dennis Durick, Darcy James Argue, George Colligan, Stockton Helbing, Ed Soph, Ingrid Jensen, and many more. Music has been his main drive and passion since the age of 9 and continues to motivate him daily. He has studied with John Adams, Lynn Seaton, Dominique Di Piazza and Matthew Garrison. Jacob Smith proudly endorses and plays Fodera Basses & Strings and Epifani Amps & Cabinets.