Right Up leans heavily on the talents of multi-instrumentalist Erik Van Dam, master of the bari, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones. Having studied with the highly acclaimed Joe Lovano and later George Garzone, Erik has gone on to draw inspiration from many influences, including Lovano, Sam Rivers, and Eric Dolphy. Erik has crafted a sound of his own. He has also spent time working and performing with Bob Moses, Bill Lowe, Stan Strickland, and Fred Ho’s Monkey Orchestra. Former performance ensembles include Erik’s jazz trio TRIOSOPHY, his all improvisational quartet SRUTI, as well as 80′s-90′s cover band THE Cusack APPROACH, and a nine piece rock group "Strange Changes. " Erik has performed internationally in Tokyo, Paris, Jamaica, and Bulgaria. Erik currently performs at many venues in Massachusetts as well as jazz clubs in NYC. In addition to being a musician, Erik is an avid creative painter and sculptor who teaches art professionally in a local school system.
Gregory Toro is a Boston-born bassist who discovered the joy of music early in life. After he spent many years playing steel drums, the bass called to him at age 16. Since then he has performed with groups of all sizes and genres in venues around the world. He secretly hopes to someday play bass on the moon.
Evan is an award-winning keyboardist and composer currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Growing up in Hartford, Connecticut, he was exposed to countless nights of jazz performances, jams, and concerts, especially jazz influenced by afro-cuban and brazilian styles. He quickly became captivated with international music of all kinds and has since dedicated much of his career to bringing the many gems of world music to a larger audience.Evan has performed a wide variety of genres with musicians from Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela, Palestine, Turkey, Japan, and Spain, among many others, and composes and records his own tunes in the various styles that he continues to become inspired by. Having performed at venues in the US and Europe, Evan is a skilled and seasoned pianist with a quirkiness and rhythmic inventiveness that makes his sound a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether he's opening for Arturo Sandoval at a festival in Connecticut, playing with Spanish flamenco musicians at the Berklee Performance Center, jamming on standards at the Tunnel jazz club of Austria, or letting his hands run wild with montunos in Springfield Massachusetts, he maintains his unique voice while blurring the lines between all genres. A budding composer of film music, Evan has already scored for short films, as well as student projects in the U.S.
With over 15 years of professional touring and recording experience as a drummer and percussionist, while simultaneously maintaining a career as a drum and percussion educator, David Moore is a consummate professional in both regards. David is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, and his other professional experiences include both live and recording with a wide range of musicians, including Slavic Soul Party, Matt Moran (Claudia Quintet), Cleveland Eaton (Count Basie), Kermit Driscoll (Bill Frisell), Andy Statman, Ches Smith (Tim Berne, Secret Chiefs 3), Tim Byrnes (Kayo Dot), Adam Minkoff (Doyle Bramhall II) and many other bands, artists and touring shows.