Teen Town
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Teen Town

Williamsport, PA | Established. Jan 01, 2017

Williamsport, PA
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Jazz Fusion

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Jun
08
Teen Town @ Mt. Gretna Playhouse

Mt. Gretna, PA

Mt. Gretna, PA

Jul
11
Teen Town @ People's Choice Festival

PA

PA

Jul
14
Teen Town @ Central PA Jazz Festival

Hummelstown, PA

Hummelstown, PA

Jul
26
Teen Town @ Brickyard

Williamsport, PA

Williamsport, PA

Apr
12
Teen Town @ Berks Jazz Fest

PA

PA

Jan
04
Teen Town @ Barrel 135

Williamsport, PA

Williamsport, PA

Oct
14
Teen Town @ TEDx Harrisburg

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Sep
08
Teen Town @ Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Aug
18
Teen Town @ LHJAMS Main Stage

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven, PA

Aug
05
Teen Town @ Scranton Jazz Festival

Scranton, PA

Scranton, PA

Jul
21
Teen Town @ Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA

Jul
12
Teen Town @ Barrel 135

Williamsport, PA

Williamsport, PA

Jul
12
Teen Town @ People's Choice Festival

PA

PA

Jun
11
Teen Town @ The Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House

Williamsport, PA

Williamsport, PA

May
27
Teen Town @ Artsfest

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

May
12
Teen Town @ Columbia Kettle Works

Columbia, PA

Columbia, PA

Apr
17
Teen Town @ River City Blues Club and Dart Room

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Apr
08
Teen Town @ Berks Jazz Festival's High School Jazz Festival

Reading, PA

Reading, PA

Apr
08
Teen Town @ Berks Jazz Festival's Get JazzEd Festival

PA

PA

Apr
07
Teen Town @ Berks Jazz Fest, Miller Center for the Arts

Reading, PA

Reading, PA

Feb
24
Teen Town @ Millennium Music Conference and Showcase

PA

PA

Feb
17
Teen Town @ Boomerang Bar & Grill

New Cumberland, PA

New Cumberland, PA

Jan
20
Teen Town @ Boomerang Bar & Grill

New Cumberland, PA

New Cumberland, PA

Dec
16
Teen Town @ Boomerang Bar & Grill

New Cumberland, PA

New Cumberland, PA

Oct
17
Teen Town @ River City Blues Club and Dart Room

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Oct
15
Teen Town @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Oct
13
Teen Town @ Thought Lot

Shippensburgh, PA

Shippensburgh, PA

Sep
22
Teen Town @ Private Show

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Sep
08
Teen Town @ Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival

Harrisburg, PA

Harrisburg, PA

Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


READING, Pa. - When does the student surpass the master?
"Gabriel, that's the bass player, Gabriel Severn, he's only like 14 and he's crushing it," said accomplished Washington D.C. bass player David Dyson. "He's incredible on the bass." Dyson sat in the back of a ballroom at the DoubleTree Hotel in Reading and noticed a familiar set of fingers on stage. "That was like my fourth time giving a master class there and he was there," Dyson recalled. "He could be giving one himself."As Dyson dissects his former student's riffs, he can't help but travel back in time. "I wasn't playing like that when I was 14," Dyson said.
Meanwhile, just down the hall, is a woman who grew up in a unique environment made up of music and joyful jazz mayhem. "We were the loud, crazy house with lots of music," explained Teri Webb, a Jazz DJ from Delaware. "It's the same kinda thing with artists like this, with festivals like this, you have a little boy who plays the bass," said Webb. And she says these stories can only happen right here. "It's so amazing to me that it's Reading and it's not New York, San Francisco, D.C., it's Reading". The festival runs through the weekend. - WFMZ TV 69


Excerpt from review:
Another trio, this one comprising teens from central Pennsylvania, opened the show.
Teen Town unassumingly walked onstage, then proceeded to floor the place with 30 minutes of jazz fusion covers from such luminaries as Weather Report and David Sanborn.
The group took its name from the Weather Report song written by and featuring fretless-bass wunderkind Jaco Pastorius. That song made an appearance in the set, with 13-year-old (!!!) bassist Gabriel Severn conjuring up the spirit of the late Jaco as his fingers effortlessly and tastefully flew across the neck. His slightly timid between-song comments revealed his age, but when he, 15-year-old drummer Logan Bedard and 18-year-old keyboardist Connor Rohrer launched into another song, you'd think you were listening to musicians much older than they are.
Like Wooten.
"I just realized backstage that I'm older than all three of those kids combined," Wooten joked.
The future is bright.
Contact Jon Fassnacht: 610-371-5017 or jfassnacht@readingeagle.com. - The Reading Eagle


The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective’s Christmas City Jazz Festival is not the most high profile musical event in the Lehigh Valley, but it is one of the best deals ($10 for 10 bands) and ranks at the top for musical quality.

About 350 people showed up at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink for the third annual festival on Saturday. It was actually cool inside due to the rain outdoors. The festival ran 1-10 p.m., with acts generally doing 45 minute sets with a 15-minute intermission between each.

The electric fusion band Teen Town had Connor Rohrer on keyboards (18 years old), Logan Bedard on drums (16), and 13-year-old Gabriel Severn on five- and six-string basses. Severn amazed with his virtuosity, which probably inspired experienced bassists to increase their daily practice time. - The Morning Call


Also playing the Miller Center will be Wooten, who has played the festival several times, but now is performing in a trio with Dennis Chambers and Bob Frabceschini.

Ernesto says he’s excited by that show’s opening act: Teen Town, led by Gabriel Severen, who at just 12 is “a killer bass player,” Ernesto says. The other members are 15 and 18. “I saw them play live and I couldn’t believe what I was watching from these kids,” Ernesto says. - The Morning Call


The year 2018 was a big year for one youthful musician from Loyalsock Township, 14-year old Gabriel Severn, who might be regarded as somewhat of a prodigy on the electric bass. His musical journey is comparable to an artist at least twice his age. In the past year alone, Gabriel has won multiple awards, performed coast to coast, appeared at many notable music festivals, and recorded his award-winning original music with some of the world’s most prominent jazz artists — all before his 14th birthday. Gabriel’s musical aptitude resulted in him receiving two DownBeat Student Music Awards this year. These awards are considered the most prestigious in jazz education and the educational equivalent to the Grammys.
He made his recording debut with his DownBeat Award-winning tune “Song for Fina” on November 16, 2018. Gabriel’s love of Brazilian bossa nova and samba inspired him to write “Song for Fina,” which he dedicated to a close family friend for her birthday. On this project, Gabriel teamed up with multiple Emmy Award winner and multiple Grammy Award nominee Chieli Minucci, who produced and played guitar on the recording. Stellar world-class musicians and Special EFX members Joel Rosenblatt (drums) and Jay Rowe (keys) are also featured in the project.
His maiden voyage into composing demonstrates his musical sophistication and depth and is a step into new artistic paths.
“Right from the start, as I was growing up, I was surrounded by jazz music. Primarily because my dad is a professional trumpet player and jazz musician,” Gabriel told Webb Weekly. “So I grew up listening to jazz from a very young age.”
He continued, “For some reason, I was always drawn to the sound of the bass. I have a feeling it was because of the low frequency. But when I went to my dad’s gigs, I would always point out the bass. I used to sit in my dad’s lap as a toddler and watch videos of Jaco Pastorius.”
According to his parents, when he sat in his car seat as a baby, his ears were filled with jazz, fusion, and funk. He first learned to groove at age seven with the Uptown Music Collective’s Urban Souls, a Motown tribute band he joined just a few months after starting bass lessons with local teacher Tim Breon. The band gained significant recognition, performing at community events, benefits, music festivals, and on radio and TV. While learning the Motown classics, he would challenge himself by transcribing jazz and fusion bass solos. He received international recognition with a viral video at age 11, which set the wheels in motion for a professional career.
Gabriel is the first Markbass Rising Star, is an Ernie Ball Music Man artist, and developed a custom line of bass strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France. Several other companies also endorse him.
Although he played in a variety of bands after the Motown group, Gabriel wanted his own band, so at age 12 he gathered some of central Pennsylvania’s best and most promising young musicians and formed his jazz fusion band, “Teen Town.”
The band has toured throughout Pennsylvania and taken audiences by storm, opening for many major artists, including the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, and the Original Drifters. “Teen Town” has appeared at many notable festivals and events, including the 2018 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, and TEDx Harrisburg.
As a soloist, Gabriel has performed at the 2018 NAMM Show, the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and has been a guest with many ensembles in the past six years. He has studied with and been mentored by, many prominent bassists, including Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington, and Adam Nitti. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s first Groove School, and has attended Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Central PA Jazz Camp, the Keystone Jazz Institute and the Uptown Music Collective.
He was asked what it meant to have recorded with such world-class musicians.
“It’s great! I would never have known from when I started playing that I would have all these opportunities to play and record with such amazing players.”
Looking to the future, he said, “I would like to just study and play with as many great players as I can! I would like to do this professionally and write more music as well.”
It certainly looks like Gabriel Severn has a bright musical future ahead for himself. - Webb Weekly


For Gabriel Severn, ever since he was a toddler it's been all about that bass.

“I was in the back seat of our car, and my dad would turn on the music, and I would always point out the bass,” Severn, 14, said in a recent telephone interview. “I'm pretty sure it was the low frequency that resonated with me. I was always drawn to it.”

The bass phenomenon's trio, Teen Town, will perform for the second time at Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Club ECP at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading, along with Kayla Waters. Last year the trio opened for the Victor Wooten Trio.

Since his YouTube video — in which he played, note-for-note, the late Jaco Pastorius's solo from “Havona”—went viral, thanks to its being shared by Bass Players United on Facbook, Severn's career as a professional bass player has taken off.

As a result of the approximately 2.5 million views logged for his video, the bass/amp company Markbass designated him one of its “Rising Stars,” and he has performed at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) annual January showcase concerts in 2018 and 2019.

He has also performed in the Prodigy Concert at the Berkshires Jazz Festival in Massachusetts, and Teen Town has performed at festivals in Pennsylvania, opening for major artists like Tierney Sutton and the Original Drifters.

In addition to his growing number of appearances, he is part of the Ernie Ball Music Man (guitar/bass manufacturers) family of artists, and has even developed a custom line of strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France.

The mind boggles at this level of success for a 14-year-old in the jazz world.

How did it happen?

Severn was born in England to professional British jazz/fusion trumpeter Eddie Severn and former Michigan-born trumpeter Vivian Severn (she had to give up playing because of an ear problem). The family moved to the Poconos, then settled in Williamsport, where Eddie Severn is on the faculty at Lock Haven University.

When Gabriel was 7, he started lessons with a local teacher at the Uptown Music Collective, a community music school in Williamsport. After a couple of months of learning the basics of rock-style bass playing on a child-size, 28-inch electric bass, he began playing in the school's Motown/soul band, The Urban Souls.

Then, a year later, “I decided to start learning Jaco's “Teen Town,” because I always thought it was really cool. I found I actually could play it, and I wanted to keep going from there.”

In spite of his still struggling with hand coordination and having small hands, Severn succeeded in learning the solo, and recorded it for YouTube.

“Jaco has been my biggest influence,” he said. “I transcribed a lot of his stuff.”

Severn now studies with bassist Anthony Wellington — best known for being the other bassist in Victor Wooten's band — who runs a private music studio, Bassology, in Waldorf, Md. (where he also teaches by Skype), and who teaches at Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp and Gerald Veasley's BassBoot Camps.

Wellington encouraged Severn to attend a concert by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, of which Wooten is a founding member, and met Wooten—who has since become a mentor — there. About a year later, he went to Wooten's camp outside Nashville, Tenn., on acres of natural land.

There, bass players from all over the country gather to participate in workshops and small ensembles taught by various guest artists, including Wooten, and also spend time hiking and learning about nature. They even learn to start fires by rubbing sticks of wood.

“Victor is a very groove-oriented player,” Severn said. “We learned a lot about how to fit into the pocket with the drummer, and how to play with a band, and how to work with singers and make them sound good by changing notes in a chord.”

He said he also read Wooten's book, “The Music Lesson,” which focuses on “taking music to a spiritual level.”

In spite of a hectic schedule that includes school, sports, performing, bass lessons, recording and composing, Severn said he doesn't feel a lot of pressure.

“Sometimes there's quite a bit of work with school, but I find a way to balance it out,” he said.

Currently, he said, he's starting to play drums “just a little bit,” and he's looking into learning piano “for the theory and harmonic knowledge,” and to help him in composing music.

Wellington has been teaching him theory along with bass technique.

As for the future, he hasn't decided yet about what he will do after he graduates from high school.

“I have a very open mind,” he said. “I know I want to play with as many people as I can.”

Written by Contact Susan L. Pena - Reading Eagle Consultant
Contact: life@readingeagle.com. - The Reading Eagle


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Bio

The 2019 DownBeat Award-winning band Teen Town is an impressive jazz fusion trio of teenage musicians that are taking audiences by storm with their exceptional talent, energy, and chemistry. This powerhouse group out of central Pennsylvania is led by award-winning bassist Gabriel Severn (14), with Logan Bedard (16) on drums and Connor Rohrer (19) on keys. Though their name pays homage to the great jazz fusion tune of the '70s, their music spans several decades and crosses several genres, from originals to the Average White Band to Weather Report to Chick Corea. Close your eyes and you'd think they've been playing for decades. Despite their ages, the 3 have an incredible amount of experience, with over 1000 performances between them. 

Teen Town hit the ground running after their debut in May 2017, touring throughout Pennsylvania with a packed schedule ever since and most recently being awarded a 2019 DownBeat Student Music award for Outstanding Performance. They've taken the stage at the 2018 and 2019 Boscov's Berks Jazz Festival, the Dauphin County Wine & Jazz Festival, the Scranton Jazz Festival, the Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival, TEDx Harrisburg, the Harrisburg ArtsFest, 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 the Victor Wooten Trio, the Tierney Sutton Band, the Ben Wolfe Trio, the Dwayne Dolphin 4tet, and the Original Drifters. The band has appeared on ABC's TV's Good Day PA, Pennsylvania Pipeline TV, and WVIA's Homegrown Music. The band has done music education clinics at the Berks Jazz Fest's Get JazzED Day and at the Moravian College Summer Jazz Camp. Upcoming appearances include the Mt. Gretna Heritage Festival and a live studio concert on WVIA’s Homegrown Music Series.

"Teen Town unassumingly walked onstage, then proceeded to floor the place with 30 minutes of jazz fusion covers from such luminaries as Weather Report and David Sanborn." - The Reading Eagle

Bassist and leader Gabriel Severn is the winner of three 2019 and two 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards. He first learned to groove with a young Motown band when he was 7, just a few months after starting lessons. At age 11, he received international recognition with his video playing Jaco Pastorius’ challenging bass solo in “Havona”. That video, followed by many more showcasing his diverse skills and musicianship, grabbed the attention of many and set his professional career into motion. As a result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Gabriel released his original award-winning music, which was recorded with Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated members of Special EFX: Producer and guitarist Chieli Minucci, keyboardist Jay Rowe, and drummer Joel Rosenblatt. Gabriel is the first Markbass Rising Star, is an Ernie Ball Music Man artist, and has developed a custom line of bass strings made by Carlos Pavicich in France. He is also sponsored by several other companies. As a soloist, Gabriel has been a guest with many ensembles, and performed at the 2018 and 2019 NAMM Shows in LA, the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival, the Berkshires Jazz Festival, and most recently with Doug Wimbish (Living Colour) at the 2019 Philadelphia WimBash. Gabriel has studied with Tim Breon, Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington and Adam Nitti. He’s had the honor of receiving scholarships to Wooten’s Bass/Nature Camp, the Berklee College of Music’s Groove School, and the Central PA Jazz Camp. He's also an alum of Gerald Veasley’s Bass Bootcamp, the Keystone Jazz Institute, and the Uptown Music Collective. 

Keyboardist Connor Rohrer began studying classical piano and playing repertoire at 5 years old. As a young teen he started experimenting with hard rock and blues on keyboards, and discovered jazz as freshman in high school. He now has expanded his horizons to other styles outside straight-ahead jazz, and Teen Town offers the opportunity to explore fusion and share his creativity in improvisation. Connor is currently a freshman at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Drummer Logan Bedard discovered his love for the drums at age 5 and began formal study at 7. A year later, he attended his first Open Mic which launched an eclectic live performance career. His favorite venues include The Chameleon Club in Lancaster and historic Webster Hall in NYC. In addition to Teen Town, current projects include the Jazz 2 ensemble at Messiah College and working with notable PA musicians Shea Quinn, Rod Goelz, Shawan Rice, Cal Weary and Manian Van Hacker. 

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