Ben Seawell

© Lydie Nesvadba

© Lydie Nesvadba

Born and raised in North Carolina Ben Seawell is a bassist singer songwriter now living in New York City. As an in demand bassist in North Carolina, Ben played with Philadelphia pianist Elmer Gibson (Norman Conners), guitarist Scott Sawyer and saxophonist Paul Jeffrey (Thelonius Monk) in the 1980’s. During this time Ben was part of a rhythm section that backed solo artist traveling through the area such as, Woody Shaw, George Coleman, Sonny Fortune and Junior Mance as well as being a part of a quartet led by Nnenna Freelon.

Ben also accompanied vibraphonist Jon Metzger on a tour of Central America in 1985. Ben has appeared at various festivals such as Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC- Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ- Duke University Jazz Festival, Durham NC and UNC Jazz Festival Chapel Hill, NC.

A hardworking, passionate musician Ben was awarded a Scholarship to William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ in 1991. While there he studied with Todd Coolman, Rufus Reid and Michael Moore.

Coming to New York in 2013 Ben has worked in and around the tri- state area with saxophonist Jerry Vivino, pianist Tomoko Ono, guitarist Bruce Edwards and others.


FIVE

Release Date: July 26, 2019

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1 - TEENAGE FROLICS
HENRY BUTLER - PIANO
SEAMUS BLAKE - TENOR SAXOPHONE
BEN SEAWELL - VOCALS, BASS, KEYBOARDS
ADRIAN HARPHAM - DRUMS
DANIEL SADOWNICK - PERCUSSION

2 - BEAUTY IS
FALU SHAH - VOCALS
FRANK KIMBROUGH - PIANO
GERALD MENKE- PEDAL STEEL
BEN SEAWELL - BASS, KEYBOARDS, GUITARS
ADRIAN HARPHAM - DRUMS, KEYBOARDS, PERCUSSION

3 - CALL THAT LOVE
AL STREET - GUITAR
DERON JOHNSON - ELECTRIC PIANO
BEN SEAWELL - BASS
ADRIAN HARPHAN - DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS
CLARK GAYTON - TROMBONE
CRAIG DREYER - TENOR SAX
BARRY DANIELIAN - TRUMPET   

4 - SING SONG
BECCA STEVENS - VOCALS
HENRY HEY - PIANO, ORGAN
BEN SEAWELL - VOCALS, BASS, GUITAR
ADRIAN HARPHAM - DRUMS
DAVE EGGAR - CELLO
WHITNEY LAGRANGE - VIOLIN
RACHEL GOLUB - VIOLIN
JULIE GOODALE - VIOLA
STRINGS ARRANGED BY JOHN DAVERSA

5 - YOU AIN’T GOTTA RUN FROM IT 
GABRIEL GORDON - VOCALS
LEO NOCENTELLI - GUITAR
AMP FIDDLER - KEYBOARDS
BEN SEAWELL - BASS
ADRIAN HARPHAM - DRUMS
CLARK GAYTON - TROMBONE
CRAIG DREYER - TENOR SAX
BARRY DANIELIAN - TRUMPET
HORN ARRANGEMENT BY CLARK GAYTON

6 - TEENAGE FROLICS (REMIX)
HENRY BUTLER - PIANO
SEAMUS BLAKE - TENOR SAXOPHONE
BEN SEAWELL - VOCALS, BASS, KEYBOARDS
ADRIAN HARPHAM - DRUMS
DANIEL SADOWNICK - PERCUSSION