About Orange Krush
ORANGE KRUSH IS ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA’S FAVORITE PARTY BAND!
This talented 6-piece band is composed of two fantastic female and male vocalists and four dynamic musician/vocalists. Having both male and female singers plus bass, drums, keys, and guitar allows Orange Krush to put on a high energy performance covering every musical style. Orange Krush creates a highly-engaging and interactive experience. We pride ourselves on our ability to ‘read’ our audience and adjust our playlist in order to keep everyone dancing and having fun. From Cocktail Jazz to Dinner Swing, Motown to Disco, 80’s to Today, Orange Krush can enhance every part of your event and entertain every guest in the room. You can relax and enjoy your special event as all the details will be professionally handled. We will work with you beforehand to create an effective flow for your event that will help ensure its success. Orange Krush has performed at over 500 events in over 150 venues over the last 15 years. We use this experience to create a “MIXTAPE” of your favorite songs that will pack the dance floor all night long!
Pamela Jones- Lead Vocals/Percussion
Pamela Jones is a singer/songwriter who resides in Asheville, NC. She studied music at The Boston Conservatory before moving to New York City to attend Circle In The Square Theater School. After college, Pamela began performing original music in the New York, Connecticut and Boston area. During her time in NYC, Pamela acted in various television shows and live comedy shows and made guest appearances in Variety shows throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. She sung spots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Smart Girls At the Party (a web series starring Amy Poehler) and also performed classical pieces with choirs at Carnegie Hall. Since moving to Asheville, NC, Pamela has continued performing original songs, as well as performing with various bands throughout the area. Her love for singing crosses over to all genres and has no boundaries. Visit Pam at Reverbnation.
Ryan Barber- Lead Vocals/Percussion
Ryan “RnB” Barber is a producer, singer/songwriter and emcee originally from Wilkesboro, NC. Ryan was born with music streaming through his veins as his entire family were members of the church choir, and at an early age his father & uncle immediately exposed him to the R&B greats such as The Whispers, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, Michael Jackson, The SOS Band, and The Isley brothers among many others.
At the age of nine Ryan began his musical journey by following his family’s footsteps and joining the choir, while at the same time absorbing his heart & soul with Hip Hop, R&B and smooth jazz. At the age of sixteen Ryan joined his high school ensemble, regularly sang the national anthem at the ballgames, and also developed the love for drums and percussion when he joined the high school marching band, however, he never fit-in with the “in” crowd and was often told that he was talentless and would never amount to anything….but that would soon change. Talented and self-taught, Ryan “RnB” Barber started making his own beats in 2000 using a keyboard and following some of his musical influences such as Gerald Levert, Will Downing, Teddy Riley, Brian Mcknight, Outkast, DJ Quik, J Dilla, and A Tribe Called Quest and many more.
In 2004, Ryan received a call from his cousin Milton “DJ Deacon” Cockerham; who heard some of the music that Ryan was producing, and asked if he would help with production and vocals on Deacon’s compilation, Snatch a Knot Vol.1. The experience of being on a compilation album inspired Ryan to produce and record his own solo album titled “Matters of the Heart” which was released in 2007. At the end of that year, Ryan received another call from banjo player Adrian Trbovich, who asked him if he would like to sit in with his banjo/hip hop fusion band, Turbo Pro Project. He immediately became a permanent fixture in the band, contributing beats, keys & vocals, and still found the time to release another album in 2008, entitled “My World Misunderstood”.
In March of 2009 Ryan decided to leave his hometown and move to Asheville, NC to further his music career, and he has done just that. August of 2009 saw the release of Ryan’s third album entitled Reinvented, and his fourth album, The Perseverance compilation, was released January of 2011 featuring various vocalists and himself, vocalizing over Mr. RnB’s smooth but funky and “head-noddin’ foot tappin’ production. One of Ryan’s most notable accomplishments is being featured as producer on the critically acclaimed album, Land of Sheep, Ran by Pigs, Ruled by Wolves, by Washington DC’s own W. Ellington Felton. Visit Ryan on Facebook and Reverbnation.
Brian Turner- Bandleader/Keyboards
Thrilling audiences from LA to NY, Minneapolis to Orlando, Brian Turner is an internationally-acclaimed pianist, composer, and recording artist, whose diverse repertoire has earned him the opportunity to share the stage and tour with a wide array of well-known and accomplished musicians, most-recently with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson.
Brian began playing the piano over 25 years ago, and by age 12 was performing professionally for audiences across Northeast Ohio. Following high school he attended Ohio University, studying with renowned pianist Richard Syracuse and earning degrees in piano performance and pedagogy. He performed with a variety of groups at the collegiate level, from accompanying other classical musicians to joining larger ensembles to forming popular local rock groups headlining clubs & festivals. After college, Brian relocated to Asheville, NC, where he has established Studio BT, a thriving piano studio in West Asheville and performs regularly as a solo musician and as a member and bandleader of Orange Krush, as well as with other local bands and ensembles. He is also Pianist/Organist at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church and Director of the Absolutely Amazing Deerfield Chorus.
An accomplished composer of solo piano music, Brian’s solo piano album Ascension was recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, and his music was selected for the official iOS New Age Piano app with over one million downloads worldwide. Brian’s compositions have been featured in podcasts, online radio, and film. As a recording artist, Brian has worked with Grammy Award-winning Producer Karl Richardson. As a performer, he has shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Michael Bolton, Clay Aiken, Warren Haynes, Cliff Williams, Artimus Pyle, Bobby McFerrin, Steep Canyon Rangers, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule, Shenandoah, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bernie Worrell and many others. Brian is highly-accomplished in a wide variety of genres, including classical, pop, jazz, church and electronic music.
Brian’s music is available on iTunes. Visit Brian at his website.
Michael Barnes- Guitar/Vocals
Michael Barnes began playing the guitar in 1971 and first studied classical guitar with Jerry Young and then moved on to Jazz and other styles of music. A few of the bands during junior high and high school included Warren Haynes now of Gov’t Mule and The Allman Brothers Band. After graduating from Asheville High School in 1978 he then attended the University of Miami and was enrolled as a Studio Jazz major. From Miami Mike then formed a group with Grammy award winner, Elliot Wadopian (now of The Paul Winter Concert) and toured the southeast .
After a year or so of touring Mike then enrolled at Musician’s Institute in California in 1980 and graduated in 1981. During his time at MI he studied with some of the world’s finest guitarists and musicians, for example, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Joe Diorio, Howard Roberts and Howard Alden to name a few. He was chosen by Tommy Tedesco to perform a solo on the Musician’s Institute graduating class album. After graduation Mike played in groups and performed studio work in and around the Los Angeles area and soon went on the road again performing all over the U.S. and Canada.
Mike has worked as a session guitarist and performed in recording studios in L.A., Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Jacksonville, etc. He was signed as a recording artist for Polygram Records and Geffen Records and some of his work has been featured on shows such as Star Search, various T.V. commercials, and also on MTV with The Rock City Angels.
He has had publishing deals with Cherry Lane Music and has performed and shared the stage with such artists as John Scofield, The Allman Brothers, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Ben Harper, The Black Crowes, Branford Marsalis, Johnny Neel, Jeff Coffin, John Popper, Jeff Sipe, Jimmy Herring, Toy Caldwell, Col. Bruce Hampton, Joan Jett, The Georgia Satellites, Derek Trucks and Joe Walsh to name a few.
Mike has been teaching guitar privately at Musician’s Workshop on and off since 1977 and has also been a UNCA faculty member since 1995 where he also received a B.A. degree in music graduating with honors. He has also served on the Appalachian State University music faculty. Mike was chosen to replace Robben Ford in Gregg Allman and Friends for a short time and currently performs with The Mike Barnes Group and also with the group Kaizen, which includes Jeff Sipe on drums and Mark McDaniel on bass. Mike maintains a very busy schedule performing, teaching, recording, etc. and enjoys being home with his family and friends as much as possible.
Visit Mike at his website.
Benjamin Bjorlie- Bass
Ben Bjorlie, a native North Carolinian, grew up in a musical family where his parents played in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, his mother a cellist and his father a bassist. He started on clarinet in 5th grade. By the time he was in high school he had earned his place in the National Honors Band as well as All-State and District bands.
At 13 years old Ben picked up his Dad’s bass and was playing along to records by artists like Stanley Clark and Marcus Miller. In high school Ben was invited to play in the marching band drum line where he developed his love for drumming, which eventually equalled his love of bass.
Ben went to Appalachian State University where he received his undergraduate music degree in percussion where he participated in Jazz ensembles, orchestras, and musical theater productions. While at ASU, Ben continued studying bass with Charlotte area bassist Ron Brendle.
Since moving to the Asheville area in 1998, Ben has been playing as a freelance bassist and drummer with a variety of groups including the Asheville Horns, Bayou Diesel, Nuevo Montuno Salsa Orchestra, David Zoll trio, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, and many more. He can currently be seen as a house bassist (6 years) at the Tuesday night funk jam at the Asheville Music Hall, as well as the house drummer (3 years) forThursday night’s jazz jam at Barleys.
David Bruce- Drummer/Vocalist/Expert Cow Bell Player
David Bruce attended Florida State University with a major in Music Education. While in Tallahassee, he performed with the FSU Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. He was also selected to represent the United States with other members of the FSU music program at the World Trade Fair in Damascus, Syria and Amman, Jordan.
David moved to Orlando and continued his music with The Florida Symphony, and the “Wings of Sound”, a local group which played private events as well as performing regularly at Disney World, Sea World, Boardwalk and Baseball, Rosie O’Grady’s and downtown Orlando street festivals. He also performed one season with the national vocal group “Brothers and Sisters”, toured north Florida cities with the legendary rock and roll group “The Diamonds”, and has performed on stage with multiple Grammy winners Dianne Schurr and Louise Mandrell.
In 1994 David moved to Asheville and has been involved with many local organizations- The Asheville Community Band, the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, the Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, and the Land of the Sky Jubilee Summer Orchestra. David works with several area schools as an ongoing percussion clinician and teaches privately as well. He plays percussion for the Asheville Lyric Opera, and plays broadway musical productions for many local theatre groups including Asheville Community Theatre and HART Theatre in Waynesville.
Frank Southecorvo- Saxophone
Frank Southecorvo grew up in Massachusetts, where he studied with saxophonists Dave Faucher and Blue Note recording artist, Jerry Bergonzi. During three of his years in high school he won competitions to play in All-State jazz ensembles led by Berkeley College of Music faculty members Herb Pomeroy John LaPorta and others.
In 1987 he moved to Asheville, NC where fans have become familiar with Frank’s saxophone playing with his own jazz bands, as well as with the horn sections of various rhythm + blues and jazz big bands. Frank has played many concerts and festivals throughout the area, including the Jazz Composers Forum, WNC Jazz Society, Bele Chere, the Wilmington Jazz & Blues Festival, Greenville (SC) Music On Main, Spartanburg (SC) Jazz at Morgan Square and the Asheville Original Music series.
Frank has performed with (in no particular order) legends Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling, Rick Simmerlee, blues singer Deborah Coleman,Bill Gerhardt, Mike Holstein, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Michael Jefry Stevens, Chuck Lichtenberger, Richard Shulman, D-Jazz band, Orange Krush, Ras Alan and the Lions, Blind Lemon Philips, Maharajah Reggae Allstars, Voice of the Turtle, The Magdaddys, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Done For The Evening trio and others.
Currently, he splits his time playing Bari Sax in the blues band Blind Lemon Phillips, Bari Sax with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Tenor Sax with Orange Krush and Tenor and Alto Sax with his own Jazz groups featuring original modern jazz by Frank and fellow bandmates.
Frank’s love of writing and playing original music has led to recording as a leader. He has three Cd’s under his own label: “Chroma” and “ANTHEM”, with a five piece band and also a duo CD, “CHELSEA BRIDGE”, with pianist Mark Freundt.
Frank has playied with Orange Krush since 2005. He loves the variety of styles and high energy of the band! Visit Frank at his website.
Walton Davis- Trombone
The sound of Walton’s trombone swings through the region with Orange Krush, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Russ Wilson’s Nouveau Passe Orchestra, Frank Southecorvo, the Rich Willey Band, the Asheville Gentlemen, and the Wardens. Walton’s education in jazz, blues and rhythm and blues began in Asheville as a child in the home of a music-loving family. He received instruction from his sax-playing father and piano-playing grandmother. His schooling continued at Mars Hill College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then advanced to the streets of the Charlottesville, Virginia area as a member of the Batesville Blues Band. Since returning to Asheville, in addition to the groups listed above, he has appeared and recorded as a member of the Incontinentals, the Magdaddies, the Djazz Band, Amy Rae and Vitamin Love, and Daniel Barber’s Current Invention.
Patrick Lopez- Trumpet
Tremendous musicality, versatility and the ability to entertain everyone from the casual listener to the most discriminating improvised music aficionados. These qualities have become the trademark of multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Patrick Lopez. With performances that captivate and inspire his audiences, it’s obvious that he knows where music has been, where music is going, and perhaps most importantly, he’s not going to leave anyone behind on the journey. His rhythmically charged trumpet solos, incredible piano enthusiasm having unique and spontaneous melodic fragments combined seamlessly with more traditional bebop runs show that he’s done his homework. And it’s that intense dedication to music that has given him the opportunity to perform with some incredible names in the world of music, He’s had the opportunity to share the stage with Ira Sullivan, Feliepe Lamoglia, Freddie Hubbard, Mark Colby, Melton Mustafa and Arturo Sandoval. Has recorded for Natalie Cole and numerous pop artists. Visit Patrick's website.