PIANO, MUSIC DIRECTOR
Leon Lee Dorsey
The Eric Gould Trio has been active since it formed in1998, having performed in various contexts
including concerts, club dates, and television appearances. The
trio has also collaborated with such artists as Bobby Watson,
Don Braden, Marcus Belgrave, Talib Kibwe, Cecil Bridgewater, James
Newton, and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Eric Gould has been active for 35 years as
a jazz pianist and composer. His three recordings on the Umoja
Productions label have garnered him national attention, having
reached Top 20 status on national jazz radio. His second recording,
"Miles Away... Wayne in Heavy" was one of the Top 50
CD's on national jazz radio for the year 2000, out of over 2500
recordings released that year. Hi third CD, "Who Sez" (2001) was well received from coast to coast. As a composer, his works have recently
been performed by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Cavani
String Quartet in addition to the many jazz compositions on his
recordings. Gould currently serves as Chair of the Jazz Composition Department at Berklee in Boston, MA. Prior to moving to Boston, Gould developed several jazz programs that spawned
many of the new younger generation of jazz musicians who have
come out of the Cleveland area to garner national attention.
Bassist Glenn Holmes (pictured) is a native Clevelander
who has performed with Ignacio Berroa, Charlie Rouse, Andy Narell,
Jerry Hahn, Richie Cole, Doc Cheatham, Earl Warren, Keith Copeland,
and Joe Williams. He was a member of the Wichita Symphony and
a former faculty member at Wichita State University and Friends
University. He is also a published composer.
Bassist Leon Lee Dorsey is a native of Pittsburgh, PA who has resided in New York for over 30 years. He has performed with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Cassandra Wilson, George Coleman, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Nnena Freelon, and many others. He has released two CD's as a leader, and is currently a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.
Drummer Yoron Israel is a native Chicagoan who has performed with Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Grover Washington, Joe Lovano, Cedar Walton, Roy Hargrove, Cyrus Chestnut and many others in addition to leading his own "High Standards" quartet. He has released several CD's as a leader.
Drummer/Percussionist Bill Ransom (pictured) has performed
with a diverse group of musical acts including Najee, Gerald Levert,
Marion Meadows, T.J.Carson, Mary Wilson, Beth Hart, Bobby Watson,
James Newton, and Cecil Bridgewater.