Laurie Goldsmith - vocals, guitars, bass, piano, harmonica, percussion

Laurie Goldsmith (ascap) has been writing and performing music professionally alongside various artists in the New England area for over 20 years. As a young girl she took classical piano for many years before picking up her older brother's acoustic guitar as a teenager and teaching herself how to play. After college, Laurie performed as a singer/songwriter, releasing three albums of original contemporary folk music, forming and touring with her backup band The Rodeo Kids, receiving regular airplay on Boston radio stations while winning honors at several New England songwriting competitions. Laurie then turned her attention to the electric guitar as well as to percussion and studio production.Over the next 10 years, she went on to perform, record and tour with several Boston area bands in the genres of reggae, jazz, latin, world, r&b, rock, and gospel. These bands included Voices From the River, Sistahs of the Yam, Zili Roots (Zili Misik), Roots Nation, The Dis-n-Dat Band, The Pan Jazz Collective and Cruzamente.  In addition, she formed The Laurie Goldsmith Jazz Trio, playing and singing jazz standards at various venues and private events.  Laurie returned full circle to her love for songwriting and began to write and perform original songs as part of her live performances with the trio.  This then became the inspiration for The Laurie Goldsmith Project. The LGP released a full length of album of original songs in March 2015 called "Going Through The Motions" and just released a follow-up album in May 2017 entitled "The World Of Weather", recorded at her home-based Lucky Dog Studios.  Laurie also performs with Women In World Jazz and Zili Misik.  She teaches full time as an early childhood educator in Brookline, MA. She has co-recorded five albums of childrens music to help to raise money for her school's scholarship fund.  Laurie divides her time between Boston and Vermont with her trusty companion Lucky dog.

Tal Shalom-Kobi - upright bass, accordian, backup vocals

Tal Shalom-Kobi, a native of Israel, is a bass player and a music educator, who has been active in the world of music for the past 20 years. Tal holds a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music, and Masters in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. Tal has performed in Jazz Festivals overseas and locally in venues like Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, and Jordan Hall among others. She manages and performs with Women In World Jazz and performs with The Patrice Monahan Jazz Trio and other groups in the Boston area. Together with her performance career she stays active in the field of education, teaching piano and adult/youth ensemble groups in her home studio in Newton.   Her web site is at www.talmusicworld.com.

David Eure, violin

David Eure has performed with Jaimoe (Allman Brothers Band), Yusef Lateef, Ran Blake, Webster Lewis, Doron Richard Johnson, Aaron Goldberg, Gary Valente, Cecil McBee, Wayne Newton, Yasko Kubota, George W. Russell Jr., Edvard Lee, Valerie Stephens, and Christine Correa. He has also opened for 8-time Grammy nominated artist Kirk Whalum, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens and Rick Danko (The Band) and also performed solo for President Clinton.  He continues to record and perform jazz in the U.S. and is a jazz violin instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music (Prep. & CE Division – Jazz Faculty).

Kera Washington - percussion

Kera M. Washington is an ethnomusicologist and the founder of Zili Misik, formerly Zili Roots, (www.zilimisik.com), an all female world music ensemble that retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song, performing roots music of the African Diaspora, or "New World Soul."  Washington is on faculty in the Music Department of Wellesley College, MA, is a Music Teacher at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester, MA, and, at Tufts University, is completing a dissertation on Haitian folkloric music, about folkloric arts and identity expressed through the music of Emerante de Pradines Morse.  

 

Gillian DeLear - drums

Originally from Menlo Park CA, Gillian De Lear began playing drums at age ten, and has not stopped since. She played throughout her school & college years in band, orchestra, marching band and jazz ensembles.  From 1983-1986 she toured for three years throughout the Midwest and southwest with Hawkins & De Lear, a high-tech pop duo. Moving to Tucson AZ, in 1986, she began teaching Rincon High School’s marching drum line as well as teaching drum set at Workshop Music. She has played in many local and touring bands with styles ranging from Afro-pop, country, jazz, blues, and rock. In 1995, Gillian won a TAMMIE, Tucson Area Music Award, for best country group with the band Girls With Guitars.  From 1998 – 2000 Gillian played with Lori Davidson & The Intruders which toured on the West Coast, played at the Sturgis Biker Rally in South Dakota, was the back up band for Archie Lee Hooker, and opened for Bo Diddley in Phoenix.In 2002, Gillian played with Betty Diamond, an all-female rock band for Tucson’s Fourth of July Celebrations, as well as opening for the play, Vagina Monologues at the Rialto Theatre.  In 2003, Gillian played with Deacon & Dean, who opened for Little Feat at the Rialto Theatre.  In 2004, Gillian played with The Jazz Chicks, who opened for Shirley Horn at the Women’s Primavera Jazz Festival.Gillian moved to Boston, MA in 2005 and has finished a Bachelor degree in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, toured with Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, a swing influenced band for 2006-2007. She also played with Jessica Tardy a blue-eyed soul singer, in 2009 Gillian finished a cd of original free jazz. It is a cd of duets with her favorite musicians in Boston. Now she is working on her masters' degree at Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA. She teaches at the Music Maker School in Acton MA, and plays jazz standards with the Aronow Nextet, David Ehle Jazz Band, and has a small recording studio called Nacho Mama Studios.

Glen Grant - drums

It's not for nothing Glen Grant still speaks in the thick patois of his native Trinidad. Having come to the U.S. 40 years ago, "The General" grew up in Brooklyn at the inception of the whole Rasta/Reggae movement and his since played with, toured, or made the warm acquaintance of virtually everybody in the business. Grant is a freelancer on stage with many an act.

Caleb Bronz - drums

CALEB BRONZ, a drummer based in Burlington, Vermont, plays and records with a wide variety of groups and artists including Mighty Sam McClain, Johnny A, Barika, The Gordon Stone Band, Prydein, The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Patricia Julien Project and others in addition to many freelance performances and recording sessions. He’s been a part of groups that play reggae, hip-hop, big-band and small-combo jazz, rock, pop, drum&bass, latin-jazz, bluegrass, free-jazz and more, from fully arranged to completely improvisational. Caleb’s playing can be heard on many recordings such as Phish-bassist Mike Gordon’s most recent CD, “Moss” and the latest CD from Jim McCarty, legendary guitarist for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, “Jim McCarty and Friends”. He also appears on Barika’s debut CD “Remember”, Gordon Stone’s latest “Nightshade” and Grammy nominee and Handy Blues Award winner Mighty Sam McClain’s “Betcha Didn’t Know”. On several international tours with Mighty Sam, Caleb has performed in many countries in Europe and Asia, including extensive tours of Russia and Turkey. In 2011, Caleb performed on tour with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat. In 2009 Caleb travelled with the Christopher Peterman Sextet to Russia to be featured at the Yaroslavl Jazz Festival and in 2006 The Gordon Stone Band was featured in the Hat Yai Midnight Songkren and World Musiq Festival in Thailand. Domestically, Caleb has toured with Johnny A, Mighty Sam McClain, Smokin’ Grass and many others. As an educator, Caleb teaches privately and with such programs as Rock Camp Vermont and Vermont Jazz Camp. Currently he is teaching, performing regionally with a wide variety of groups, and touring with Mighty Sam McClain, The Gordon Stone Band, Prydein, and Barika.

Soohee Moon - piano

Soohee Moon started playing the classical piano at an early age. Along her journey, her broad musical curiosity and keen ear led her to study classical composition. After obtaining her degree in composition from the prestigious Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea, Soohee worked developing and editing music arrangements for a prominent Korean music publisher. Her love for jazz and improvisation led her in 2002 to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. She has studied with Ray Santisi, Jeff Covell and Laszlo Gardony. Since, Soohee has developed her spontaneous playing style while working around the Boston area in several bands and playing in a variety of styles and genres in venues including Ryles, Johnny D’s, and various music events. In addition to her performance playing, Soohee is the music director/organist at the First Congregational Church in Belmont, MA and also gives private piano instruction.

Ririka Tokushige - saxaphone

Multi wind player Ririka Tokushige has been involved with music all her life. Her main instruments are saxophone, clarinet and flute, and she has been actively playing in various local bands in Boston area for 20 years. After studying jazz at Berklee College of Music, her interest in music expanded in many different genre, including rock, funk, blues, gospel, classical, latin and other world music. Some of her recent world music experience includes Alexander y su orquesta(salsa and merengue), Johnny Bate, Ramon y su Banda, Watch Out(Haitian), and The Volo Volo. She has recorded numerous CDs with many groups in diffrent styles. Besides playing actively, Ririka also has been teaching  private/group lessons in greater Boston area. Ririka plays everyting from classical to blues, R&B to world, and the audience is engendered to get up, shake a leg and rejoice in the beauty of music.

 

Louisa Gelfuso Bram - trumpet

Louisa has been playing trumpet for over 20 years.  She graduated from Berklee with a degree in music performance and is currently a member of Pressure Cooker, Boston Civic Symphony, and Hotlight. She freelances around the area and have been involved with numerous recording projects.

Julia McKenzie - violin

Julia McKenzie enjoys a varied musical life playing violin in assorted styles, settings, and ensembles in and around Boston. She specializes in Baroque and Classical historical performance with the Handel+Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Rowe's Lane Quartet, and other period instrument groups, arranges and performs music with Shelter Music Boston for audiences in homeless shelters, and gets to dabble in jazz, blues, folk, and rock with area bands. Favorite musical adventures past and present include productions with Melodic Vision and other multi-media groups, period instrument demonstrations at MIT, tours in Europe, Mexico, and the U.S., and teaching students of all ages at the New England Conservatory Prep School and in her home studio.

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