With a distinct, defining sound and a style all their own, Corner Pocket has been recognized as a sophisticated Jazz Band in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Backed by a star-studded rhythm section featuring the legendary Bassist Lynn Seaton, Corner Pocket’s hard swinging rhythm is enough to get anyone out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

Corner Pocket

Corner Pocket

Together since 1999, Corner Pocket has had the privilege of entertaining audiences at such venues as the McKinney Jazz Festival, the Sherman Jazz Festival, Sambuca Jazz Café’s, Beau Nash at the Crescent Court, Huffiness Arts Festival, Sammons Center for the Arts as well as various charitable events, private functions and weddings. With a repertoire ranging from traditional Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole styles, to the modern Latin rhythms of today, Corner Pocket’s music can fit all occasions from a casual dinning listening audience to a high energy dance atmosphere.

In addition to offering a wide range of jazz and musical styles, Corner Pocket’s lineup of musicians is one of talent and experience. The band’s creator and leader, Ryan McCullough (Saxophones/Clarinet), is a graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Business/Marketing. He has performed domestically as well as internationally sinking his R&B roots into the saxophone by performing with W.C. Handy Award Winning blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh, Blue Loon Recording artists the Solid Senders, various UNT Lab Bands and currently performs with his own Trio.

One of the many strengths of Corner Pocket is the hard swinging rhythm section lead by Bassist Lynn Seaton. Through Lynn’s career, he has performed with Woody Herman, the Grammy Award Winning Count Basie Band, and extensive tours with Tony Bennet and George Shearing just to name a few. He has performed in 49 of the 50 states, 35 foreign countries and has appeared on over 100 recordings. Lynn is sought out for clinics, performances and workshops all over the world and currently is a faculty member at the University of North Texas.

Joining Lynn in the rhythm section is Dallas’ own Andrew Griffith (Drums) and Clark Erickson (Piano/Hammond B-3 Organ). Andrew currently holds a degree in Jazz Studies from UNT and has performed with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Red Holloway and Joey DeFrancesco. Clark is also a graduate from UNT earning both a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Jazz Studies. Clark has performed with many groups throughout his career and has been a featured pianist for such artists as Maynard Ferguson and Diane Schuur.

Accompanying the band with her smooth and expressive style is Lead Female Vocalist Kyla McIntyre. Originally from Raleigh North Carolina, Kyla is a graduate in Vocal Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas, and is known for her unique sound and style. At an early age Kyla began her performing career in both the musical theater and choir and has since expanded her talents, becoming one of the city’s top jazz vocalists.

Finishing up the personnel of Corner Pocket is Volker Ruckgaber (Trombone). Originally from Germany, Volker moved to the United States to pursue a career in jazz performance. He has since graduated from UNT with a degree in Jazz Studies and currently maintains an aggressive teaching and performance schedule.