Bryan first picked up a guitar at the age of the thirteen and hasn’t put it down since. His first main influences were Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Bryan first studied rock guitar with Lance Ard. Throughout high school, Lance introduced him to many different styles and guitar players. Throughout his high school career, he helped create a music technology course and formed the school’s first ever pep band. In his senior year, Bryan won a gold medal for his classical guitar performance at the SCISA Music Festival.
He then went on to study jazz guitar with Rob Nance, classical guitar with Christopher Teves, and jazz theory with Mark Sterbank. He completed one year at Charleston Southern, studying for a guitar performance degree. While at Charleston Southern, Bryan performed jazz guitar with the Charleston Southern Jazz Big Band, Jazz Combo, and classical guitar with the Guitar Ensemble led by Christopher Teves. At the end of his spring semester, he was one of two freshmen to play in the student honors recital, which is held for the best performers at the college. In the same month, Bryan also won the Rosario Classical Guitar Competition in Columbia, South Carolina. Bryan then attended the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. He studied with some of the most recognized guitarists in the music industry including Mike Williams, Jon Wheatley, Bruce Saunders, Jim Kelly, Julian Lage, Jon Damian and Mick Goodrick.
After moving back to Charleston in the fall of 2011, he began playing professionally all over the Charleston area and completed his guitar performance degree at College of Charleston in 2014 under the guidance of well known performers such as Tyler Ross, Lee Barbour, Robert Lewis, Tommy Gill, Dave Heywood and Quentin Baxter. Bryan now teaches privately and continues to play professionally all over South Carolina.
Tyler Sim is a lifelong Charleston resident, having graduated from the Charleston County School of the Arts as a piano major and then from the College of Charleston with a BA in Music Industry. He was playing his first paying jazz gigs in middle school, and has since performed in venues across the city as well as multiple tours through the eastern half of the country with various acts.
Percussionist Dan Morris is a graduate of Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music. He has enjoyed a diverse career performing with the Kansas City, Seattle, and New World Symphonies, as well as countless chamber music and jazz performances. Dan’s first passion for jazz has made him indispensable as a drum set player on the concert stage and in the orchestra pit. In his spare time, Dan loves camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Kimberly Alford King graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Biology and a BA in Flute Performance. While in college she was selected to play in the Piccolo Spoleto Orchestra and was a member of the College of Charleston Flute Choir. She played flute and piccolo for the Charleston Stage production of Mary Poppins and is the third flute/piccolo player and personnel manager for the Southcoast Symphony. Kim is a member of Joyful Noise, Charleston Virtuosi and is the founder and director of the St. Timothy Flute Choir. Kim enjoys playing for weddings and special events all over the state and is the flute instructor on staff at Goose Creek High School. She has a small studio she enjoys teaching and is a long time volunteer at The Center for Birds of Prey.
Richard White is one of the most dynamic pianists and composers in the Charleston area. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he studied classical piano from age 7-17 and was introduced to jazz by his father before high school. Richard has performed in Victoria, British Columbia and recently completed a successful international jazz tour. He has opened for many famous artists such as Branford Marsalis, Will Downing, Brian McKnight and Alex Bugnon. He has played locally with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charlton Singleton Quintet, and the Charleston Symphony that featured vocalist Ellis Hall.
Known for her dramatic room filling vibrancy, Lyricc Jenkins is a dramatic mezzo-soprano. A native to Charleston, South Carolina, she has worked with Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) with their production of It Sings and she has also worked closely along side Charleston Southern University’s productions including her roll as “Sour Kangaroo” in Suessical The Musical and Sweet & Hot a cabaret style musical production. Along with being a soloist, Lyricc has worked with CSO’s chorale premiers of mass works including Bach, Britten and Mozart. She has done many different choral tours including an international tour that included various German and Switzerland cities. Lyricc has performed in various cities on the Western coast of the United States and surrounding areas.
Miss Jenkins is a graduate from Berkeley Center of the Arts at Goose Creek High School where she studied as a soloist under the direction of John Stoudenmire. There she frequently performed recitals and solos at their seasonal showcases. She also auditioned for the Washington National Opera Institute Summer Program where she was accepted twice. Upon entry as a college undergrad, she has auditioned at The National Association of the Teachers of Singers winning her category twice and has advanced to the National video audition rounds.
Lyricc Jenkins is currently an undergrad senior at Charleston Southern University studying Vocal Performance. She plans on getting her equivalency for Music Therapy in the year 2020. After receiving both of her undergrad degrees she plans to receive her Master’s in Vocal Performance and Music Therapy at Howard University. While receiving her Masters she wants to work alongside The Washington National Opera House and lastly desires to do work at The Leipzig German Opera House.
Jon Thornton began his first musical studies at the age of 10 in the Charlotte, North Carolina school band program. Jon’s proficiency as a trumpet player was discovered early. Before beginning high education, he had the opportunity to perform with jazz legends Marian McPartland, Donald Byrd and Herb Ellis. Likewise, prior to leaving for the University of Miami, he was asked to join a big band tour of Romania, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
In 1986, Jon had the opportunity to open a concert for legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. In 1989, he was selected to become “Artists in Residence” in the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program. While tenured at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Jon was selected to tour with jazz great Max Roach and T.S. Monk, Jr. for the Thelonius Monk Institute. While an “Artist in Residence” at Brunswick Community College, Jon performed with Milt Hinton, Jane Jarvis, Freddie Redd, David Pike and Ron Free. He was also featured in “Gentleman Jim’s,” a television documentary about North Carolina jazz musicians for the BET network.
Over the years, Jon has had the honor of performing with some of the legends in the music industry including: The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Buddy Rich Band, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable Orchestra, Loonis McGlohon, Al Jarreau, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco, the Les Elgart Orchestra, Emily Remler, the Four Tops, the Temptations, the O’Jays, the Shirelles, Jim Brock, Don Dixon, Marti Jones and with the hip-hop artist, Deltron 3030 Orchestra.
On a local level, Jon has had an impact on the Charlotte and regional-Carolinas jazz scene, having co-founded the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra and Latin Jazz group, Fuego Lento. He has also performed with the Coalition Jazz Orchestra and the Unifour Jazz Ensemble. He has been featured in numerous orchestral concerts, including the Charlotte Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and Union Symphony.
As a recording artist, Jon has spent hours in the studio as a staff musician for Sound Source Studios, having delivered more than 500 recordings for backing tracks and karaoke music. His trumpet playing can be found on over 50 CD recordings by jazz and popular music artists alike. Among these are 3 Grammy nominated records and one Grammy Winner for R&B artists Anthony Hamilton. Jon’s trumpet can also be found on two PBS documentaries: “A Man Named Pearl” and “North Carolina’s World War II Experience.” Over the years, his playing can be heard on numerous local and national television and radio commercials.
Jon’s formal music education includes the University of Miami (FL) school of music (on scholarship), Berklee College of Music, Winthrop University and private study with world-renowned jazz educator Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jon and his wife, Julie, currently reside in Charleston, SC, where he continues his career as band leader and sideman for various ensembles. He can be found in the Lowcountry in a variety of venues and with The Charleston Jazz Orchestra and the Charleston Latin Jazz Collective. He was a featured performer for the 2014 and 2015 Folly Beach Jazz Festival. He also performs in a classical setting with his wife in their Classical Brass Quintet, “Holy City Brass.”
Jon is a private instrumental instructor in trumpet and jazz improvisation.