Making music and playing with other like-minded musicians is everything, when you really love it.
However, the music business can sometimes be "crakerjack" with the hope that a decent prize will be in the box.
Here again I was given Andrew's information by another
sax player that was in Japan working when I needed a horn. Guess what prize was in this box? Andrew Gould!
A Native New Yorker, saxophonist and composer Andrew Gould has established himself as one of the most
in demand players on the NYC music scene.
He has performed with James Moody, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Jon Faddis, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, David Weiss, Ray Vega, Bobby Sanabria, Ray Angry, Ricky Rodriguez and many more. He was a 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition Semi Finalist and has recorded for MTV, Universal Records, Warner Bros Music, and Capitol Records for world famous artists including Fifth Harmony, Mac Miller and more.
A graduate of both Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, Andrew continues to teach regularly, giving both private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels.
Andrew continues to compose for and perform with his own group and has recently released
his debut album "First Things First" in March 2018 on Outside In Music.
THE BLUSICAL CITY BAND
Kolja Gjoni was born on February 4th 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia. His interest in music was present from
very early age. His father played guitar, so that was his first instrument. After finishing the 5th Natural
Sciences and Mathematical High School in Zagreb, he decided to seriously study music. He started
playing drums and got his first drum set in that period time. In the year 2000 he enrolled in the
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria where he studied Jazz drums.
Studying in Graz was of great importance because he learned how to read music and basic music
theory.Today he lives in New York City where he performs with numerous bands and is exposed to many
different styles of music such as: jazz, soul/rnb, rock, balkan music.
Playing different genres is an incredible learning experience only NYC can offer since it is a big
melting pot for musicians form all over the world.
Kolja is also and excellent drum & percussion teacher.
He gives lessons in his studio in Williamsburg to students of all ages and levels.
I needed a bassist and Curt Garey gave me the name and number of Steve Wood. i had been feeling very nervous about finding someone who I would be comfortable with.When walking home from food shopping, I found a German bow leaning on a fence about a half a block from where I lived. I knew it was a magical and positive omen. That evening I got a text from drummer Curt Garey with Steve's information. It's been a welcomed match every since!
Steve Woods is a professionally trained and intuitive bassist that can "feel" where I'm going and what I want to do!
Steve's an excellent upright classic bassist and he knows his music.
He's amazingly cool and laid back but truly gets the job done!! And when it's time to be "Funky" ... he slaps a four string bass for all the funky stuff I feel!
Wow! He's there! I'm happy he's on board!
Oh, I like this guys style! When the feeling and the glue is there in place in the beginning, I know I've stuck
gold! I have Steve Wood to thank for David Caldwell-Mason
David Caldwell-Mason began playing classical piano at the age of five under the
direction of Hilda Shapiro. After discovering an affinity for jazz and improvised
music in his teens, he received instruction from John Sauer and Dan Dobek. In
addition to his growing presence on the jazz scene in upstate New York, he
joined Larry Lewis' (of the Ohio Players) Solid Smoke.
After receiving his Associate of Arts degree from Simon's Rock College of Bard,
he continued his education in the jazz program at William Paterson University,
under the tutelage of Armen Donelian.
Over the course of a decade on the New York jazz scene, David has released
two albums as a leader.