The Eric Jones Trio with guitarist Barry Greene
Eric Jones – Bio
Eric Jones was born in Moultrie, Georgia, and started to play piano by ear at the age of five. At 11, Eric began studying trumpet. At 16 he started formal lessons on piano and within two years, he was awarded a piano scholarship to Andrew College.
Eric went on to pursue his education at Armstrong Atlantic State University, studying under Dr. Kevin Hampton, graduating with a B.A. in Piano. In addition to teaching private lessons, composing and arranging, he completed his Masters in Composition from Georgia Southern University, where he studied under Dr. Martin Gendelman.
Eric has worked with many prominent artists including Grammy Awardwinning Esperanza Spalding, Stewart Copland of the Police and Keith Miller of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2011 Eric premiered his latest work, “Songs of Creation,” which combines spiritual, jazz and African influences with the poem of James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation.” Eric is the pianist with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and performs with them annually at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Eric has also performed several times during Sunday concerts for Coastal Jazz Association. Currently Eric teaches at Savannah State University.
Barry Greene – Bio
Barry Greene began playing guitar in 1971, at the age of ten years old. Strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino, Barry has developed into a world-class guitarist, arranger and composer. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Tim Hagens, Danny Gottlieb, Bill Goodwin, Paul Bollenback, Gene Bertoncinni, Scott Wendholt, Kenny Drew Jr., Adam Nussbaum, Warren Berndhardt, Russell Malone, Rueben Rogers, Ron Affif, Mark Ferber, John Davis, Ulysses Owens, Jerome Jennings and Colin Bailey. Barry has eight CD’s out as a leader. “Sojourner”, “At Home”, “Urban Jazz” ,”In the Meantime” and four new releases, “Resurgence”, “Barry Greene Trio”, “The Other Side” and “Urban Jazz II”.
“his improvisations were creative with impeccable technique… ”
— 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Barry has several books published with Mel Bay Publications and has authored 3 iBooks, “Playing Jazz Guitar”, “Chord Melodies”and Intros and Endings. He continues to endorse Thomastik-Infeld strings, Benedetto Amps, and Benedetto Guitars. Barry has performed at the Long Island Guitar Show held in New York, numerous times, as well as other notable NY venues and has performed in Europe including Germany, and France. Barry is a Professor of Jazz Guitar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he has been since 1995. He teaches a guitar ensemble, applied guitar, and several audio technology courses. His series of video jazz guitar lessons is gaining worldwide recognition.