Times 4 has shared the stage with such artists such as Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Chris Botti, Dave Koz and Friends, Nils, Patrice Rushen, Patti Austin, Richard Elliot and Jonathan Butler. The group has performed at many fine venues, including Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the JVC Jazz Festival, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the North Beach Festivals, the San Jose Jazz Festival and Jazz Society Concert Series, the Mountain Winery and the Boom Boom Room. The members of Times 4 have, together and individually, traveled the world contributing their talents to a wide range of musical projects with many renowned artists, and have recorded music on over 25 distinguished record labels.
Saxophonist Lincoln Adler started playing various musical instruments at the age of 5, eventually being drawn to the saxophone in high school. Lincoln became fascinated by the power of music to communicate feelings. He developed his sound playing in local bands, and refined his abilities at the University of California, Berkeley as a member of the UC Jazz Ensembles. He studied with several teachers, including legendary saxophonist Joe Henderson and local hero Hal Stein. In Los Angeles he became an in-demand session player and composer/producer for TV and film. He released four albums under his own name as well as one with the successful band Rain-bo Tribe. Lincoln has performed and recorded with many artists including actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum, kd lang, and Olivia Newton John. His favorite musical influences include Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Gustav Mahler and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Raised in San Jose, California, drummer Maurice Miles is the heartbeat of Times 4. Maurice combines complex elements of jazz, funk and hip-hop in his playing to create a sophisticated, syncopated backbeat. The desire to lay down the groove called out to Maurice from an early age. Mostly self-taught, Maurice’s deep-pocket groove emanates from a combination of feel and his appreciation of many different styles of music. Maurice has played in a diverse range of musical projects, including the R&B band Protégé, acid jazz group Congo Square, and he has toured and recorded with Kofy Brown. His musical inspirations are Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Will Kennedy, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette, to name a few.
Keyboardist Greg Sankovich began music with classical piano when he was six years old and later studied with some of the finest jazz and Latin pianists in the San Francisco area, including pianist/educator Mark Levine. As a youth, Greg played out in the local music scene with a variety of jazz, R&B, and dance bands, and was also active in the UC Jazz Ensembles. He performed with international blues artist Brenda Boykin for three years. Greg lived in Tokyo for over ten years, working with many top Japanese artists as well as contributing his sound to many TV and radio productions. Since moving back to the SF Bay area in 1994, Greg has performed in a wide range of musical projects from jazz to house, hip-hop to pop. His musical inspirations include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chester Thompson, and Chuck Leavell.
Bassist Kevin Lofton is the root and harmonic foundation of Times 4. A San Jose native, Kevin has been playing bass since his early teens. Listening to everything from gospel to hip-hop to metal and jazz, Kevin strives to bring each of these flavors to the Times 4 table. Career highlights include touring the U.S. and Canada with Protégé, Stevie B, and Jahi and the Life along with drummer Maurice. Their years of musical friendship produce a rhythmic conception and energetic foundation from which Times 4 launches their adventurous improvisations. Kevin’s bass influences include Marcus, Victor, Bootsy, Jaco, and Stanley.