The John Gross Trio Individual Biographies…

The trio, formed in December of 2011 in Portland, Oregon, is comprised of…

John Gross (Tenor Saxophone):

Raised in a musical family, he launched his professional career at age eight in Los Angeles, playing the clarinet for the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Youth Orchestra. Gross studied clarinet with Phil Sobel and Vito Susca, saxophone with Ronnie Lang and John Graas. As a child and youth Gross played in Burbank Youth Symphony, All-Southern California Junior High School Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, L.A. All-City High School Band, I.O.F. Robin Hood Youth Band, and Sepulveda Youth Band.

At fourteen Gross was playing at the Gas House in Venice Beach, the epicenter of L.A. Beat culture (which led to a police visit, and the threat of juvenile detention for John and his date). John earned his jazz improv chops in L.A.’s jazz scene playing at venues such as the Hillcrest Club on Washington Boulevard[3] with jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Gary Peacock, and Horace Tapscott, who were participants of the scene at the time, and the shapers of L.A. Jazz.

At age sixteen Gross dropped out of the University of California, Northridge and hit the road with Harry James. The band was playing on a bill with the famous crooner Billy Eckstine (“My Foolish Heart”).

Gross continued to work in top level bands in the early 60s, touring with Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mathis, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman.

In the mid 60’s Gross was playing at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach with regulars Warne Marsh, Lou Ciotti, Frank Strazzeri, Putter Smith, Dave Parlato, Abe and Sam Most, Jimmy Zito, Hart Smith, Sal Nistico, Frank De La Rossa and Dave Koonse.

Gross spent five years (1967–1972) as house band member at Shelly Manne‘s Hollywood club, “Shelly’s Manne-Hole,” playing opposite such jazz greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Abby Lincoln, Muddy Waters, Gary Barone, Mike Wofford, and Dave Parlato.[5] He toured Europe with Manne in 1970 playing on “Alive in London” recorded during a fondly remembered residency at Ronnie Scott’s club in London.[6]

Gross spent four years (1979–1983) touring worldwide with Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big band, including a gig at Carnegie Hall. The Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band was known for its wild “tenor battles” between Gross and Toshiko’s husband Lew Tabackin.

Among the countless other musicians Gross has played, toured and/or recorded with are Earl Grant, Oliver Nelson, Don Ellis, Gerald Wilson, Bill Holman, Alan Jones Sextet, Piotr Wojtasik, and Gordon Lee.

He has also performed with Rosemary Clooney, Nancy King, Diana Krall, Freddie Hubbard, Larry Young, Donald Bailey, Drew Gress, Dave Holland, Cubby O’Brien, Russ Morgan, Kay Kyser, Lennon Sisters, Roger Williams, Ernie Andrews, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Brad Turner, Carol King, Belinda Underwood, Glen Moore, Gary Versace, Israel Annoh, Pat Coleman, Alain Jean-Marie, The Hitchens Consort, Larry Koonse,The Belmondo Brothers, and Francois Theberge.

Gross received a preliminary Grammy nomination (best jazz album and best jazz soloist) for his 1990 trio album Three Play with bassist Putter Smith and guitarist Larry Koonse. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1991.

Gross currently resides in Portland, teaching, performing and touring with various bands.

Cameron Morgan (Guitar):

Scott Cutshall (Drums):

Born in 1963, Cutshall began musical studies at age 5 on flute and piano, and then drums & percussion at 8 years old.

After living in the New York City area for more than 20 years, Cutshall along with his wife and daughter now reside in Portland, Oregon.


bob moses {usa, pat metheny, jim pepper, jaco pastorius}
[drumset, orchestration, full-body groove, circular loopology]

jamey haddad {usa, paul simon, oregon, paul winter}
[drumset, hand drums, south indian rhythmic concepts]

bill goodwin {usa, bill evans, phil woods, tom harrell}

floyd williams jr {usa, count basie, duke ellington, lionel hampton}
[drumset, piano, composition, arrangement]

ramnad raghavan {india, soloist, john mclaughlin’s shakti}
[south indian carnatic music, mridangam]

alec chin {china, solo concert pianist}
[composition, performance, arrangement]

performances of note:

portland jazz festival [usa]
montreal jazz festival [ca]
jvc jazz festival [usa]
detroit ford/montreux jazz festival [usa]
knitting factory nyc festival [usa]
central pa friends of jazz [usa]
celebration of the arts festival [usa]

clinics/teaching/master classes:

edinboro state university [usa]
muhlenburg college [usa]
east stroudsburg university [usa]
university of nevada-las vegas [usa]
percussive arts society [usa]
private teaching [28 years]


modern drummer magazine [usa]

recording/performances with:

david liebman
herb robertson
ben monder
jamey haddad
bill goodwin
danilo perez
vic juris
ron horton
scott lee
john gross
russ lossing
satoshi takieshi
tony malaby
masa kamaguchi
ben allison
jean michel pilc
dave ballou
joey sellers
phil markowitz

recordings as a leader:

“zyphoid process”
cmp records
cmp cd 76


“all my life”
*deal pending*

“breaking the barriers of jazz”
cmp records
cmp cd 2002-cd 1

recordings as a sideman:

“besame mucho”
david liebman
w/danilo perez
red records [italy]

“songs for my daughter”
david liebman
soul note [italy]

“miles ahead”
david liebman
owl records [france]

“the stones”
national theatre
den haag [netherlands]

mark reboul
hat hut [switzerland]

Cutshall, proudly & without hesitation, endorses Vic Firth drumsticks, mallets & brushes; and Protection Racket bags & cases.


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