Matt Smiley is a bassist and composer based in Colorado's Front Range. He has performed in a variety of musical situations including classical music, gospel, rock, funk, bluegrass, jazz, free improvisation, and 20th/21st century music. Smiley has performed internationally at the Montreux, North Sea and Montreal Jazz festivals and premièred John Hilliard’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Kennedy Center. Smiley relocated from Virginia to Colorado where he received a master's degree in music with an emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC Smiley won the UNC Jazz Composer’s Award for an original composition titled “Double Quartet.”
Ben Parrish is a guitarist, composer, arranger and educator based in Denver, CO. A Seattle native, he moved to Greeley in 2012 where he attended the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in jazz guitar at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Ben plays in several different groups, including The Ben Parrish Quintet, Dart Echo, indie rock band Amazing Adventures, and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra. His studio experiences include work with The Cairn Project, UNC Lab Band I, and numerous other projects as a sideman and leader. His debut recording, "Song of the Forest" was released in 2015 and featured all original compositions. He has performed with musicians like Chris Potter, Debra Brown, and Brad Leali.