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Ben Adkins

Music has been a big part of my life since I was very young when I began playing in a family band. Fast forward 20 years and I’m still having a blast learning new things about music every day, and more recently writing original music. I’ve tried to always orient my playing around taste and humility, adding only the minimum necessary to move the music forward. My passion and reputation are centered on the art of subtlety. I completed my Bachelors in Jazz Performance at the University of North Florida under the tutelage of Danny Gottlieb in 2009, and my Masters in Jazz Studies at Florida State University under the tutelage of Leon Anderson in 2011. I was selected to be a member of the Disneyland All-American College band in 2008. I’ve worked regularly and recorded with the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra based out of New York City, the Joshua Bowlus Quartet and Linda Cole, and most recently with the Raisin Cake Orchestra, both based out of Jacksonville, FL


Album Review

Joshua Bowlus: Sleigh Ride

Read "Sleigh Ride" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Sleigh Ride is a modern jazz Christmas gift from pianist and composer Joshua Bowlus which will brighten the holiday season. Joshua performs as the bandleader for his own trio and quartet. The thirteen-track album features long-time friends and musical collaborators Linda Cole on vocals, Juan Rollan on tenor sax, Stan Piper on bass and Ben Adkins on drums. Bowlus collaborates regularly with vocalist Linda Cole, a niece of Nat King Cole and a member of his family dynasty.

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Linda Cole and Joshua Bowlus: What a Wonderful World

Read "What a Wonderful World" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Yes...that Cole Family. The same talent pool that gave us Nat King Cole and Freddy Cole has also given us Linda Cole (a daughter of the brothers Cole's cousin). Linda Cole teams with pianist/arranger Joshua Bowlus and his quartet for a breezy stroll through 13 pieces from the Cole Family songbook and beyond. Globally, Bowlus supplies fresh arrangements, making these chestnuts new again without polishing away their nostalgic sepia tone. Bowlus favors a relaxed slow-tempo swing that ...

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"Ben Adkins is a jazz drummer extraordinaire, and top notch musician, with a unique ability to add texture, color, shading and musicality to any style."

Danny Gottlieb 4 Time Grammy Award Winning Drummer and Professor of Jazz Studies, The University of North Florida

Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Sleigh Ride

Bold City Records



Ben Adkins Music


What a Wonderful World

Self Produced


Sleigh Ride

From: Sleigh Ride
By Ben Adkins

That Jambalaya

From: Salmagundi
By Ben Adkins

Fungii Mama

From: Salmagundi
By Ben Adkins


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