Ben Tyree

Born: February 16, 1980    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Ben Tyree

Guitarist Ben Tyree has the power to move people. That statement could be construed in two distinctly opposite ways - either the buoyant groove to get audiences out of their seats or the emotional depth to touch a listener’s soul - but Tyree is the rare case where both meanings are equally applicable.

A product of the diverse Washington, DC music scene, Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. Whether navigating the off-kilter angles of his abstract jazz-funk trio BT3 or rising to the formidable technical and personal challenges of the classically-influenced acoustic solo pieces on his most recent release, Thoughtform Variations, he consistently proves himself to be an artist with a distinct and memorable voice.

Determined to play the guitar since the age of four, Tyree studied both jazz and classical music in high school while writing his own rock songs and going to jam sessions at blues clubs at night...
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• 2013: ASCAP Plus Award

• 2013: 12th Independent Music Awards (IMA) Nomination
Best Instrumental Album -
Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations

• 2012: 11th Independent Music Awards (IMA) Vox Pop Poll
Best Instrumental Album - Ben Tyree/BT3 - re:Vision

• 2002: Washington Area Music Awards: "Wammie"
Best Rap/Hip Hop Duo/Group - Miscellaneous Flux

”Tyree’s reputation as one of the baddest players on the block is spreading, as fans and players are taking note of his uniquely personalized take on modern jazz.”

- Dr. Matt Warnock (Guitar International Magazine)

”Big picture: Ben Tyree is hot, he’s fresh and he’s got a lot to offer us in the way of new music. Needless to say this isn’t your parent’s ‘60’s fusion record.”

- Eric Sandler (The Revivalist, 2010)

”…high caliber player…”

Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times (March, 2009)

”Tyree had this way of evoking the most precise utterances, delicate yet so deliberate, it was sure-footed dexterity and then some.”

-audiologo, 2007

”You’re kickin’ much ass, my man! I love what you're doin’!”

DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight (Guitarist for Parliament/Funkadelic, George Clinton, Brides of Dr. Funkenstein, Macy Gray, and more…), 2006

“...might be best known for his progressive art-rock ensemble (Miscellaneous Flux) but if you look deeper than the dazzle of the group's stream-of-consciousness hip-hop lyrics and angular arrangements, you'll find chops befitting an accomplished jazz guitarist.”

The Washington Post, 2005

• Rogiérs: theShedding (Fibby Music Recordings, 2014)

• V. Jeffrey Smith's No Plan B:
The Long Journey Continues To Continue…
(Jamcarver Music, 2014)

• Kalae Nouveau: Word Theft – SINGLE (2013)

• Ramona: Naked – SINGLE (Soul Cry Music, 2013)

• Ginger Ingalls: Blessing (Sonic Architectures, 2013)

• Nomi: Borough Gypsy Mixtape (2013)

• Carl Hancock Rux: Homeostasis (2013)

• Music From The Movement To Free Donovan Drayton:
4 Donovan (2013)

• Corey Glover: The Pledge (2013)

• I Never Meta Guitar Too: Solo Guitars for the
XXI Century
(Clean Feed Records, 2012)

• MuthaWit: PMS Junkie (URB ALT Media, 2012)

• Ben Tyree: Thoughtform Variations
(Sonic Architectures, 2012)

• Aris: Twilight Revival (Riot Science Records, 2012)

• Ramona: Love Under The Sun - SINGLE (2011)

• Burnt Sugar: All Ya Needs That Negrocity (TruGROID, 2011)

• The Cornel West Theory: The Shape Of Hip Hop To Come (2011)

• MuthaWit: Men & Women (La Revenge de Uncle Baldy)
(URB ALT Media, 2011)

• Michael Veal & Aqua Ife: Volume 1 (Nektonic, 2011)

• Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine:
The Only Way Out is In (RookLove Productions, 2010)

• Ben Tyree/BT3 - re:Vision (Sonic Architectures, 2010)

• Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine:
"Sellin Ya Soul" (clean) - feat. Kalae AllDay, DJ Logic,
John Medeski - SINGLE (RookLove Productions, 2010)

• Ben Tyree/BT3: "Because We Can" (feat DJ Logic) - SINGLE
(Sonic Architectures, 2010)

• The Family Stand: In A 1,000 Years (2010)

• V. Jeffrey Smith & No Plan B: Time Is My Best Friend (2010)

• URB ALT Sampler - Tres (URB ALT Media, 2010)

• MuthaWit: "Wasted (Fill My House With Salt)" SINGLE
(URB ALT Media, 2010)

• URB ALT Sampler - Dos (URB ALT Media, 2010)

• URB ALT Sampler - Uno (URB ALT Media, 2010)

• Mizik Pou Dwa Moun:
A Burnt Sugar Collective Compilation
for the People of Ayiti (2010)

• everlutionary: CALL vol. 1
(The Everlutionary Trust/ HawaH, 2009)

• The Soulfolk Experience: Volume One (2009)

• Mavis "SWAN" Poole: Soul Tree (Swanbean Records, 2009)

• Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber:
Making Love To The Dark Ages (LiveWired Music, 2009)

• Karmen Michael: It's Possible
(Kreative Music Group, 2008)

• John Johnson: Funkular Crouton (202 Digital, 2008)

• Stephanie Rooker: Tellin You Right Now (2008)

• Ben Tyree: Sonic Architectures, Vol. 1 (2007)

• Miscellaneous Flux: Type 1 Information (2006)

• Dexter Myers: RocketLove34 (2006)

• The Dead Air Project: Die & M. Fusion (CD Reissue) (2004)

• Miscellaneous Flux: Live Flux (2004)

• Miscellaneous Flux: Dead In Dreams (2002)

• The Dead Air Project: Die & M. Fusion (Vinyl Version) (2002)

• Motion: Movie Soundtrack (2001)

• Miscellaneous Flux: EP (2000)

• Vector: Contagious Images (2000)

• Spirit Airport: In The Corner (Sonic Dust, 2000)

• 12th. House: The Twelfth House (Sonic Dust, 2000)

• Bell X-1: Time Bomb (Sonic Dust, 1999)

• Bell X-1: Hemp Hop (Sonic Dust, 1999)

• Howard University Jazz Ensemble, HUJE (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)

• Purple Legion (1996)

• Purple Legion: EP (1995)

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Brooklyn, NY

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