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SEAN GOUGH

Sean Gough is a pianist based in New Jersey, USA. He has long been active as a freelancing jazz musician, as a founding member of several jazz groups, as a solo recitalist in jazz and classical settings, and as an accompanist for a variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, ensembles, and composer-performers. Sean appears most frequently with Go Trio, and besides ongoing freelancing, he also performs and records with Ojespa Jazz Project, The Jack Furlong Quartet, saxophonist Greg Martin, and singers Jeannie Brooks and Viktorija Gecyte. Sean is a graduate of Rutgers University's M.A. program in Jazz History and Research, and of Lafayette College (B.A. music and history). SeanGough.Org

GENE PERLA

At age five Gene Perla began classical piano. While studying engineering & business he heard pianist Bill Evans, prompting his return to music. At 24, upon hearing Charlie Haden, he switched to bass. His first major gig was the Willie Bobo Sextet, which included Carlos “Patato” Valdes the famed Cuban conguero. Other gigs included Nina Simone, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Sonny Rollins. Gene then entered audio school, studio worked with Todd Rundgren, founded P.M. Records and established recording facilities. Currently teaching at Lehigh U. & The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, his credits include Broadway theatrical sound design and Internet design and hosting. Perla.Org

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The Go Trio straddles traditional and modern jazz. They play the Great American Songbook and jazz standards, but they are hard-core believers in improvisation. You can be sure that each time they play a tune, it will be different.

They may stick close to the original chords of the song, or slip far from the melody and just keep the bar-by-bar rhythm. Another night they might change the tempo. ''It's not 'free' in terms of avant-garde,'' says bassist Gene Perla. ''It's reacting and complementing each other.''

Perla was exploring his new neighborhood in September 2007 when he noticed The Cosmic Cup coffee shop of Easton's College Hill

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