Teen Town is a DownBeat Award-winning powerhouse jazz fusion trio led by the multiple award-winning 15-year-old bassist Gabriel Severn, with Logan Bedard on drums and Connor Rohrer on keys.
Recently nominated for Best Jazz Artist by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, these teen phenoms are taking audiences by storm with their energy, their undeniable chemistry, and their exceptional talent. Named after the prominent jazz fusion tune of the '70s, Teen Town performs a mix of their jazz fusion originals plus unique covers that weave jazz, funk, rock and world rhythms into tunes by luminaries such as the Average White Band, Weather Report, the Yellowjackets, and Chick Corea. Close your eyes and you'd think they've been playing together for decades.
Teen Town hit the ground running since they debuted in 2017, and after just two years, they received the DownBeat award and the CPMA nomination. They've taken the stage at the 2018 and 2019 Boscov's Berks Jazz Festivals, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, the Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival, TEDx Harrisburg, the Harrisburg ArtsFest, the Dauphin County Cultural Fest, Mt. Gretna Heritage Festival, the Central PA Jazz Fest, the People's Choice Festival, the 2018 Millennium Music Conference, the River City Blues Club, the Central PA Jazz Camp, and the Lock Haven Jazz and Arts festival. They've opened for Sheila E., the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, the Ben Wolfe Trio, the Dwayne Dolphin 4tet, and the Original Drifters. TV and radio features include ABC TV's Good Day PA, Pennsylvania Pipeline TV, 89.7 FM WVIA's Homegrown Music, and WVIA's live studio Homegrown Concert. The band has held music education clinics at the Berks Jazz Fest's Get JazzED Day and at the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp. Plans for 2020 include recording and releasing their original music, preparing for their upcoming appearances at the 30th Anniversary Berks Jazz Fest and the Elkhart Jazz Festival, and a tour of the Midwest in summer of 2021.
"Teen Town unassumingly walked onstage, then proceeded to floor the place ith 30 minutes of jazz fusion covers from such luminaries as Weather Report and David Sanborn." -The Reading Eagle