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Ben Ehrlich Trio
July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Ben Ehrlich Trio brings together young Minnesota natives from their studies across the continent. Will Kjeer, Charlie Lincoln and Ben Ehrlich team up to play a wide variety of music, striving to honor the tradition of those who came before, as well as pushing boundaries through original compositions and arrangements. Hear the trio at benehrlichmusic.com/music.
Ben Ehrlich – Drums
Will Kjeer – Piano
Charlie Lincoln – Bass
Ben Ehrlich is a drummer, composer and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who specializes in jazz, blues, rock, avant-garde and folk. Ben is heavily influenced by the music of Brian Blade, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, as well as Minnesota natives Dave King and Eric Gravatt. He has gained extensive performance experience with a wide variety of artists, such as national act Ian Kimmel and the Heard, the Texas Blues Crew, Sound Skirmish, and the Ben Ehrlich Trio and Quintet. Ben has performed at the Dakota Jazz Club, the Artists’ Quarter, the Varsity Theater, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. In addition to performing, Ben composes music for a variety of settings. His original compositions are driven by candid representations of human emotion, expressing honesty and introspection. Ben’s compositions have been recorded and performed by the Ben Ehrlich Quintet, as well as students at the University of North Texas.In 2018, Ben received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drum Set from the University of North Texas (UNT), receiving mentorship from Ed Soph and Quincy Davis. During his time at UNT, Ben was a member of a vast array of ensembles, including the 4 O’Clock Lab Band, the 2 O’Clock Steel Drum Band, the L-5 Guitar Ensemble, and a plethora of small jazz combos. Ben is a stylistically versatile drummer who comfortably fits into any musical setting with ease.
Pianist and composer Will Kjeer is already an acclaimed performer on the Twin Cities jazz scene and beyond. He has performed as a bandleader and sideman around North America at venues including the Artists Quarter, Dunsmore Room, Black Dog, Icehouse, and Studio Z in the Twin Cities, at the Twin Cities and Iowa City Jazz Festivals, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Lighthouse Cafe in Los Angeles, and the Upstairs Jazz Club in Montreal. Will attended high school at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, performed with the Dakota Combo for two years, and later completed at post-high school year at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan before beginning his jazz performance degree at the California Institute of the Arts. After spending a year at McGill University in Montreal, Will returned to Los Angeles in fall 2017, where he performs alongside completing his degree. Will has been invited to participate in international and competitively-selected programs including Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2016 and the 2017 class of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has been fortunate to learn from and play with a wide variety of mentors including Billy Childs, Jason Moran, Rufus Reid, Reuben Rogers, Xavier Davis, Jean-Michel Pilc, Dave King, Chris Speed, Larry Koonse, David Roitstein, and Ralph Peterson. Will’s activities in the Twin Cities include Hoaxer, Steve Kenny’s Group 47, and leading and composing for his own ensembles.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Charlie Lincoln is an in-demand bassist in the Twin Cities, performing with artists including Eric Kamau Grávátt (Weather Report), Babatunde Lea, and Lefteris Kordis. Charlie has toured in China, Thailand, and Taiwan and has appeared at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival. In 2016, he co-founded the collective quartet Hoaxer which released its debut album Crash Test in 2017 on Illicit Productions. He is currently studying at Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Global Jazz Institute under the direction of Danilo Perez.