Ben Hans Quartet Featuring Eric J. Morones
Ben Hans is a percussionist, author and music instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, Ben cut his teeth performing as a freelance artist under the tutelage of Jazz Guitarist Jack Grassel and the late Swing Clarinetist Chuck Hedges.
Ben has shared the stage with Jazz Pianist Barry Harris, Saxophonists Eric Morones, Johnny Padilla and Jesse Lee Montijo, Jazz Guitarists Scott DuBois and Steve Peplin, In addition, he has also performed alongside many great midwestern based jazz artists: Rick Embach, Berkeley Fudge, Ken Stein, Warren Wiegratz, Tom McGirr, Pete Billman, Mark Solveson, Don Linke,
Aaron Gardner, John Babbitt, Michael Arnold, Kirk Tatnall, Kurt Hanrahan, Kevin Kostick, Mike Standal, Matt Rodgers, Hal Miller, Neil Davis, Jamie Breiwick, Jeannine Rivers, Jill Jensen, Ellen
Winters, Sam Steffke, Ethan Bender, John Price, Dan Trudell, Kaye Berigan, Swing Nouveau Big Band, and many many more.
Ben performs in multiple genres of music and has perfromed with a diverse list of artists including: Kip Winger, Eric Martin and PJ Farley, Walter Egan, Rock Guitarists Reb Beach, John Roth, Donnie Wayne Smith, Jorge Salan, Keyboardist Paul Taylor, Rock vocalists Fiona Flanagan, Dan Reed (Network) and Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Blues acts Altered Five, Tallan Noble Latz Band and Jonny T-Bird & the MPs, Legendary Rudimentalists John S. Pratt, Dominick Cuccia and Mitch Markovich, Percussionists Jim Sewrey and Jeff Salisbury, as well as Nashville based Singer/Songwriters Doug Allen and Beth Sass.
As well as keeping a busy performance schedule, Ben is an experienced educator. Ben has taught privately for 28 years. He currently teaches at his studio at Lane Music in Nashville, also
instructs private students online and currently is Adjunct Instructor of Music at SAE Institute - Nashville.
Ben is an author, proofreader, freelance editor and session performer for Hal Leonard Publishing, with published works including: “Workin’ Drums – 50 Solos for Drum Set,” “40
Intermediate Snare Drum Solos,” “Rudimental Solos for the Marching Snare Drummer,” “Modern School for Mallet Keyboard Instruments,” “Hal Leonard School for Snare Drum,” and
transcriptions of Ray Luzier’s “Double Bass Drum Techniques,” as well as performing on, writing, editing and music directing the Hal Leonard DVD “Traditional Rudimental Drumming,” by John
S. Pratt. Ben’s recording credits include: “Jazz Formosa” - Eric Morones, “Drums! Bass! Guitar!” - Ben Hans Trio, “Iridescent October” - Jeannine Rivers, “True Story” - Jonny T-Bird and the MPs, “The Open Way” - Steve Peplin and Jesse Lee Montijo (Black Owl) and more…
Ben is a Yamaha Performing Artist who also currently endorses Aquarian Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Mike Balter Mallets, Impression Cymbals and Tycoon Percussion. Ben is a member
of ASCAP and John S. Pratt’s ‘International Association of Traditional Drummers’. Ben holds an Associate’s Degree in Music from the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Past positions held include: Music Instructor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (1999-2017) and Adjunct Faculty at the Wisconsin Lutheran College (2014-2017).
ERIC J. MORONES
"Conscious of diverse textures and a range of sound, Morones shows himself to be in every way a top-grade bandleader and a capable songwriter."-allaboutjazz.com
Either it's playing lead alto for The Brian Setzer Orchestra, straight ahead or smooth jazz, composing music, producing, even writing best selling books; Eric J Morones does it all!
Hailing from Racine, WI., Eric started playing the saxophone in eighth grade where the R&B sounds of David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal, and Nelson Rangell sparked his early musical interest. Later he would discover the jazz "greats" Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter. Eric attended the University of North Texas (UNT) in 1992, He transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) where he played in the “UW-W Jazz Symposium" under director Steve Wiest. Performances included the 1996 Montreux Jazz and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
After graduating with a degree in Communications, Eric returned to UNT for graduate studies, where he directed one of the lab bands, taught a saxophone fundamentals class, and recorded on the Two o'clock Lab Band "A Tribute To Benny Carter" CD (Klavier Records)
directed by Jim Riggs.
In March of '99, Eric moved to Los Angeles where he was quickly asked to play lead alto saxophone for The Brian Setzer Orchestra (a chair he has held for 18 years!). Performances include Dancing With The Stars, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan
O'Brian, The Today Show, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, Fox Sunday Sports, and Woodstock '99. He also recorded the albums "Rockin Rudolph", “Songs From Lonely Avenue", "Don't Mess
With The Big Band", "Christmas Extravaganza" and "It's Gonna Rock Cause That's What I Do",
Eric has also performed with Kelly Clarkson, Drake Bell, Aaron Carter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Bobby Caldwell, Steve Tyrell, Maureen McGovern, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Chad Wackerman (Frank
Zappa), Will Kennedy (The Yellowjackets), and was featured on Big Fish Audio's DVD sound loop library, “Suite Grooves 1 and 2" produced by Jeff Carruthers.
An accomplished writer, Eric has written the books "25 Great Flute Solos", "101 Saxophone Tips", “25 Great Sax Solos", “The Best of Paul Desmond", and "25 Great Trumpets Solos", and "Saxophone Workout" (Hal Leonard Publishing). He also wrote a bi-monthly column for the
Saxophone Journal called "From The Front Lines", also writing and producing two Masterclass CDs: "How To Play Pop/ R&B/Smooth Jazz" (Sept/Oct. 2002) and "How To Play The Blues".
His first solo jazz CD, “About Time!" was released on Arabesque Records. He also sings and records/performs under the name SHY!
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