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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. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series. Revealing his multi-faceted talents, that album follows his gorgeous, classically-influenced acoustic solo album Thoughtform Variations, ample evidence of his diversity and range.

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. He continued his studies at DC’s prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts and at Howard University before moving to his current home, Brooklyn, in 2002.

The template for his genre-hopping agility was set by the pioneering Miscellaneous Flux, the band that Tyree co-founded in 1998 while still in DC. Refreshingly impossible to categorize, the group fused jazz, hip-hop and punk rock into a crowd-invigorating mix, releasing two EPs and a full-length album before disbanding in 2005 following its members’ move to New York

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”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

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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Discography

BT3: Burn It! LIVE

BT3: Burn It! LIVE

Sonic Architectures
2014

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Thoughtform Variations

Thoughtform Variations

Sonic Architectures
2012

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re:vision

re:vision

Sonic Architectures
2011

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