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Michigan based saxophonist Ben Jansson leads his own quartet regularly at clubs in Detroit and throughout the Midwest and Canada. Regular hometown gigs include Detroits legendary Bakers Keyboard Lounge and Cliff Bells in Detroit and Murphys Place Jazz Club in Toledo. Ben studied with Detroits legendary saxophonist George Benson (a contemporary of Tommy Flanagan and Kenny Burrell) in Detroit and with saxophonist Pat Labarbera in Toronto before going on to complete his Masters in Music at Michigan State University, studying and playing with Rodney Whitaker, Wess Anderson, Diego Rivera, Rick Roe and Randy Gillespie. Besides traveling with his own quartet, he plays often in bands led by Detroit area musicians: bassist Paul Keller, drummers Sean Dobbins and Pete Siers, trombonist Vincent Chandler, saxophonist Wess Anderson, and trumpeter Dwight Adams. Recent gigs include playing with Freddy Cole at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, backing up the legendary singer and pianist. Other singers Jansson has accompanied include Aretha Franklin and Diane Schuur. As a leader, the Ben Jansson Quintet has a strong debut recording on PKO records, which was recorded Live at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006. The album is called Sweetie Pie and has several original compositions by Jansson and features several top notch Michigan musicians including; Randy Napoleon on guitar (NYC), Rick Roe on piano, Paul Keller on bass and Pete Siers, drums.
The CD is available at CD Baby, www.pkorecords.com or through the artist. Other recordings include, Organic Roots with the Pete Siers Quartet 2009 (Features trumpeter Marcus Belgrave), Swinging The Praise with the Paul Keller Quartet (2008) and a nationally broadcast PBS DVD: Motor City Blues and Boogie-Woogie Festival (2006) with the Paul Keller Orchestra and featuring Red Holloway. Bens playing is straight-ahead, a mix of fiery bebop and hard driving swing. At this time, Jansson leads his NYC Quintet featuring Randy Napoleon on guitar, a longtime musical collaborator in the front line.