Times 4

Times 4

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Times 4 delivers an energetic program of original instrumental compositions. Delivering a fresh S.F. Bay Area blend of uplifting modern jazz with urban flavor, Times 4 generates an artful and intense musical interplay steeped in the history of friendship and common roots.

Biography

San Francisco-based contemporary jazz quartet Times 4 presents an energetic program of original instrumental compositions. Delivering a fresh Bay Area blend of uplifting modern jazz with urban flavor, Times 4 generates an artful and intense musical interplay steeped in the history of friendship and common roots.

Drawing on a wide range of styles including jazz, soul, latin, funk, hip-hop and rock, Times 4 weaves a musical tapestry that expresses their diverse roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Driving grooves combined with distinctive melodies and dynamic improvisations move the Times 4 audience to tap their feet and feel dance in their bones.

The members of Times 4 have, together and individually, traveled the world contributing their talents to a wide range of musical projects with many renowned artists, and have recorded music on over 20 distinguished record labels. Times 4 developed their sound and approach over the last five years with regular performances at festivals, clubs, and events including fine venues such as Yoshi’s, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Fillmore and North Beach Jazz Festivals, Jazz at Pearl’s, and the Boom Boom Room. Their first CD, Seductivity, continues to generate critical acclaim from listeners and reviewers alike.

> PERFORMANCE VENUES

Times 4 has performed at many venues and events, including: Yoshi's, the JVC Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, the Bach Dancing and Dynamaite Society, The San Francisco Legion of Honor, The San Jose Jazz Society Concert Series, The Music Matrix Soulabration, The San Jose Jazz Festival, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, Jazz at Pearl's, The Mill Valley Music Festival, Stanford Concert Series, KKSF Concert In the Park, The Larkspur Art and Flower Festival, The San Anselmo Art and Design Festival, Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival, Burlingame Art and Jazz Festival, Napa Chef’s Market Concert Series, Belvedere Winery, Berkeley/Albany Solano Stroll, Straits Cafe -Burlingame, The De Anza Hotel - San Jose, The Boom Boom Room - San Francisco, Blondies Bar and no grill - San Francisco, DG's Jazz - Napa, Jupiter - Berkeley, Straits Café on Santana Row - San Jose, Bubble Lounge - San Francisco, Beat Lounge - San Francisco, Paragon Lounge -San Jose/Berkeley, Agenda Lounge - San Jose, Gordon Biersch - San Jose, Shattuck Down Low - Berkeley, Club Jazz Nouveau - San Francisco, Boas Club Elite - Cupertino, Central Park Bistro - San Mateo, Main Street Brewery - Pleasanton, Rasselas - San Francisco.

Corporate engagements include: Shoretel Corporation, RSA Networks Convention, CVT Therapeutics, E3 Furniture, and Bloomingdale’s.

> THE BAND MEMBERS

Lincoln Adler started playing various musical instruments at the age of 5, eventually being drawn to the saxophone in high school. Lincoln became fascinated by the power of music to communicate feelings across the boundaries of language and culture. He developed his sound playing in local bands, and refined his abilities at the University of California, Berkeley as a member of the UC Jazz Ensembles. He studied with some great teachers, including legendary saxophonist Joe Henderson and local hero Hal Stein. In Los Angeles he became an in-demand session player and composer/producer for TV and film. He released four albums under his own name as well as one with the successful band Rain-bo Tribe. Lincoln has performed and recorded with many artists including actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum, kd lang, and Olivia Newton John. His musical influences include Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Gustav Mahler and Meshell Ndegeocello.

Greg Sankovich began music with classical piano when he was six years old and later studied with some of the finest jazz and Latin pianists in the San Francisco area, including pianist/educator Mark Levine. As a teen, Greg performed out in the local music scene with a variety of jazz, R&B, and dance bands, including international blues artist Brenda Boykin, and was also active in the UC Jazz Ensembles. Greg lived in Tokyo for over ten years, performing with many top Japanese artists including jazz-fusion group Taikun and Takekawa Yukihide, as well as contributing his sound to many TV and radio productions. Since moving back to the SF Bay area in 1994, Greg has performed in a wide range of musical projects from jazz to house, hip-hop to pop. His musical inspirations include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chester Thompson, and Chuck Leavell.

Kevin Lofton is the root and harmonic foundation of Times 4. A San Jose native, Kevin has been playing bass since his early teens. Listening to everything from gospel to hip-hop to metal and jazz, Kevin strives to bring each of these flavors to the Times 4 table. Career highlights include touring the U.S. and Canada with Protégé, Stevie B, and Jahi and the Life along with drummer Maurice. Their years of musical friendship produce a rhythmic conception and ener

Discography

Relations - Groove Tonic Media - 2007

Times 4’s sophomore CD release, Relations, is a project borne of a collaborative and improvisational approach to music composition. The group captured the magic of their spontaneous live improvisations by basing their songwriting process on group-improvised musical motifs. Thus, in part, the title of this CD, “Relations”.

Seductivity - Groove Tonic Media - 2005

On their debut album Seductivity, Times 4 displays a wide range of musical beats and flavors that reflect the eclectic backgrounds of the musicians. From straight up jazz/funk to Latin to blues to Middle Eastern tinge, Seductivity takes you on a diverse musical journey.

Set List

Times 4 plays an exciting program of all-original music, some of which is improvised on the spot.

The set list varies by performace.