Wayne Banks - Drums
Bryan McConnell - Bass
Taylor Pierson - Piano
Our repertoire is comprised of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. Composers include Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, the Gershwins along with Miles Davis, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.
Our belief is deep rooted in American acoustic (whenever possible) jazz. We're focused on being the best musicians we can be and to be true to the music at all times. We love what we do and hope our audience sees and feels that too.
Wayne grew up in Port Chester, NY a suburb of New York City in a very musical family. Surrounded by everything from popular AM radio, jazz, R&B, classical and spirituals there was always music in the house. His first instrument while in elementary school was the trombone, moving from there to percussion in the high school band and eventually to the electric bass. Before the beginning of rehearsals for his blues band Full House he would continually sit down and play the drums prompting his best friend and the group’s harmonica player to predict he would eventually give up the bass and play the drums. That turned out to be the case. Inspired by the drumming of David Garibaldi and Gaylord Birch he relocated to San Francisco to immerse himself in the San Francisco funk sound. However his life changed forever when a housemate introduced him to the First Great Miles Davis Quintet. From that point forward with few exceptions he’s dedicated himself to understanding the lineage of jazz drumming from Baby Dodds and Zutty Singleton to Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams and Elvin Jones. Studying out of the legendary Drum Land in San Francisco he began his jazz education studies with the great Scott Morris and has also studied with Rick Quintennel and Alan Hall. While in San Francisco he led his own trio which held court in the Pied Piper Room of the historic Palace Hotel for many years in addition to playing with Mark Little, Jamie Davis, Graham Bruce, and Pharoah Sanders. Relocating to Asheville in July of 2015 he is excited to be leading a trio again. “Our belief is deep rooted in American acoustic jazz. We're focused on being the best musicians we can be and to be true to the music at all times. We love what we do and hope our audience sees and feels that every time we play”.
Bryan was one of the most in demand double bass players on the West Coast for over 30 years, and now has recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Educated in both classical and jazz, he has over 43 years of playing experience. Bryan first started on guitar at the age of 5 years old. He began studying cello in fifth grade, and by seventh grade was playing violin, viola, and bass with the Junior High Symphony, as well as the High School Orchestra. Bryan played his first professional concert, Handel’s Messiah, on double bass at age 12 in Roanoke, Virginia. Bryan went on to win full Performance Scholarships in double bass at both Florida Junior College, 1979-1981, and the University of Oklahoma, 1982-1985. Afterwards, Bryan moved west to play professionally with the Monterey County Symphony, 1986-1988 and the Santa Cruz County Symphony, 1986-1988. As well as his symphony work, Bryan was playing jazz professionally, and over the years has had the opportunity to work with the following jazz greats: John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Phil Woods, James Moody, Harold Land, Bruce Forman, Buddy Montgomery, Richie Cole, Ernie Andrews, Ernie Watts, Red Halloway, Kenny Drew, Jr., Bud Shank, Laurindo Almeida, Calvin Keys, John Fadis, Lanny Morgan, Mose Allison, Martin Headman, Ace Hill, and Dottie Dodgion. While living in the San Diego area 2003-2014, Bryan played often with many local favorite musicians: Jaime Valle, Mike Wofford, Charles McPhearson, Peter Sprauge, Shep Meyers, Ruby Blue, Duncan Moore, Bob Boss, Flip Oakes, Holly Hoffman, Mike Wofford, Mikan Zlatkovich, among others.
Taylor was born in Oakland, CA but grew up in a suburb of Detroit MI called Clawson, MI. Following in his Dad’s footsteps and inspired by Jimi Hendrix he took up the guitar at a young age but by age 15 had discovered his passion lied in playing the piano. His early influences include Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Having played with Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, Jerry McKenzie, Peter Erskine and Jeff “Tain” Watts, Taylor is in demand as a touring member of Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas. A creative and sensitive composer Taylor is contributing more and more originals to the trio’s repertoire. Taylor’s goal as an artist is to constantly seek freedom from limitations of expression. “The connection between mind and body can be such that no barriers exist, which is clear in the music of the greats. I’m just making my attempt at eroding those barriers however long it takes”