The Eric Jones Trio with violinist Ricardo Ochoa
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.
RICARDO OCHOA was born in Venezuela as the son of guitarist Antonio Jose Ochoa. At the age of 15, he was accepted in the Venezuela Philharmonic, becoming the youngest professional musician in the orchestra. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Ochoa studied at the Aaron Copeland School of Music in NY under Margaret Pardee and Daniel Philips and has a Masters degree in Music.
Ochoa is the founding member of the Gypsy Swing band Velvet Caravan. He has performed as a soloist with the Venezuelan Philharmonic, Amityville Symphony and Queens College Orchestra. Ochoa is fluent in Jazz and shares a profound passion for the art of Tango.