Named after the prominent jazz fusion tune of the 1970s, Teen Town is a DownBeat Award-winning powerhouse group that brings their own creative voice to the genre. Led by the multiple award-winning 18-year-old bass phenom Gabriel Severn, with Connor Rohrer on keys and Logan Bedard on drums, the trio has taken audiences by storm with their energy, talent, and undeniable chemistry. They were recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame with the “2020 Best Jazz Artist” Award. Performing original compositions as well as covers, they weave jazz, funk, rock, and world rhythms into tunes by luminaries such as the Average White Band, Weather Report, and the Yellowjackets.
Bands from the golden era of fusion influenced Severn’s earliest musical sensibilities. Before forming Teen Town, it was a challenge for him to find other musicians around his age (12) who wanted to experiment with jazz fusion. After meeting then 16-year-old Rohrer and 14-year-old Bedard at a jazz camp, the three were immediately on board with the idea.
Teen Town has been together for six years, but if you close your eyes, you’d think it’s been decades. They cut their teeth on tunes from the bands they admire, such as Weather Report’s “Havona” and the namesake tune, “Teen Town”. Over time the trio has found their own voice and compositional style, and their long-awaited debut album, A Month of Sundays, was released in 2022.
Teen Town has supported headliners including Sheila E., the Victor Wooten Trio, and the Tierney Sutton Band, and appeared at multiple festivals including the Berks Jazz Fest, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, and the Elkhart Jazz Festival. They’ve appeared on ABC TV and NPR radio and led music education clinics.
The trio has been described as “a tribute to the golden era of fusion hitting the improvisational buffet at a dance party”.
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