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Arts Midwest Jazzletter

The Eric Gould Trio

The Eric Gould Trio explores the possibilities of the trio format with energy, drive, and inventiveness. The trio employs three virtuoso musicians who listen intently, and create a group synergy. This ensemble not only works as a trio, but provides the core for numerous guest artists who have performed and recorded with the group.

A CD by Eric Gould, "Look To Love " was recorded in 2004 and features this edition of the ensemble, and will be available online in early 2017. The current trio features bassist Leon Lee Dorsey and drummer Yoron Israel.


Eric Gould

Leon Lee Dorsey
Glenn Holmes

Yoron Israel
Bill Ransom


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.