If you love Smooth Jazz, you will love Present Tense. Upbeat and enjoyable, this Southern California band covers past and present Jazz artists such as George Benson, Dave Koz, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Golub, Anita Baker, Peter White, Steely Dan, and Steve Cole. Performing as a Trio or a Septet, with female and male vocals, or pure instrumentals; Present Tense also brings Jazz originals to discerning audiences of all ages.

Focusing on original, contemporary Instrumental Music, Present Tense performs unique compositions written to be memorable, musical, accessible, and exciting to listen to. The tunes are also “organic” & “theatrical,” especially in live performances where the trio (often with special guests) can “stretch out” and experiment “on the fly.”

Winner of the Long Beach Jazz Search for “Best Fusion Artist”, Present Tense pushes the contemporary edge of today’s instrumental jazz by being accessible and exploratory at the same time via progressive compositions and contemporary covers. Present Tense compositions are penned by acoustic bassist Richard Frank and drummer/percussionist Ronnie Kaufman.

Present Tense is perfect for intimate events and concerts. Their music pleases audiences of all kinds at casinos, parties, festivals, and fairs.


If you’re a fan of ‘smooth jazz’ and stuff like that, then you’ll love this record beyond all measure.Matt Cibula (

Not your usual smooth jazz outing. Modern but with an organic, traditional based approach.Music Connection Magazine



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