John Gross

Musical stories coming to Studio Live in Cumberland

The Skin, String, Reed Trio will use their 100 years plus of musical experience to unfold new musical stories at their upcoming concert at Studio Live on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Tenor saxophonist John Gross has been covering the musical spectrum since 1961, playing with Harry James, Johnny Mathis, Stan Kenton, Lionel Hampton, Shelley Manne, Oliver Nelson, John Ellis and Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big band to name a few.

He leads his own groups and records prolifically. Recently he moved to Vancouver from Portland.

Miles Black’s playing has been compared to the likes of piano greats, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. The list of jazz giants he has played or recorded with includes Maynard Ferguson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Slide Hampton, The Paul Horn Band, Chuck Israels, Max Roach, Lew Tabackin, and Houston Person.

Drummer Roger Baird cut his teeth in the 70’s New York loft scene with luminaries Daniel Carter, William Parker, Dewey Johnson and Earl Freeman. Since then he has enjoyed playing with many of the free spirited musicians in Canada and globally including Marilyn Crispell, Glen Spearman, Dr. Umezu and Lisle Ellis.

Studio Live is located at 2679 Beaufort Avenue at First Avenue, Cumberland. Advance tickets, $20, are available at Bop City Records, Courtenay and Rider’s Pizza Cumberland or by e-transfer to At the door $25.

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