Wayne Banks - Drums
Bill Fouty - Bass
Joey Harrington - 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”.
Before moving to Asheville North Carolina in January of 2014, Bill worked, as a bassist, in the hospitality sector throughout San Francisco and the Greater Bay area. During this time, he also participated in a wide variety of musical situations, including jazz duos, trios and larger groups with many fine Bay area musicians. Earlier, he lived in Southern California, studied the double bass with Nat Gangursky, performed with various small chamber groups and orchestras in the Los Angeles area and attended the Dick Grove School of Music. While there, he studied theory, composition improvisation and ensemble playing.
Joey Harrington is currently studying music performance a UNCA, on set to graduate with a BFA in jazz and contemporary music and BA in history in the spring of 2020. Harrington has been studying with the pianist Dr. Bill Bares since 2016. Joey currently resides in Asheville, NC with his partner Ashleigh and their five chickens.