Group Bios

Tal Shalom-Kobi (upright bass, accordion) Tal, a native of Israel, is a Bass player and a music educator, who has been active in the world of music for the past 20 years. Tal holds a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music, and Masters in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. Tal has performed in Jazz Festivals overseas and locally in venues like Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, and Jordan Hall among others.
Tal leads the “Women in World Jazz” Quintet and plays as a side musicians for many groups in the local Boston jazz scene. Together with her performance career she stayed active in the field of education, teaching Piano and youth ensemble groups in her home studio in Newton.

Candida Rose (lead vocalist) Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, vocal artist “Candida Rose” captivates her audiences and stirs them with a uniquely compelling voice that combines the overtones and undertones of jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel with just the right touch of international spice. Her 10-song debut CD entitled “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me”, combines her Cape Verdean musical roots with her American (primarily jazz) influences, a mixture she calls “KabuJazz”. As a working performer, in addition to her work with various jazz, R &B, and Cape Verdean musical groups, Candida currently travels the South Coast region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island as a Life Enrichment Entertainer singing for Nursing Home, Assisted Living and Adult Day Care facilities, as well as for various senior groups and associations. Candida’s love and passion for singing, performing, and education drive her desire to impart her knowledge and experience to others, especially young people. As a performer and educator, she reaches out with her heart conveying the joy of music to all in her presence.

Laurie Goldsmith (guitar, bass) Laurie Goldsmith has been writing and performing music in the Boston area for over twenty-five years. She began as an award winning performing songwriter and later worked as an instrumentalist in many different bands over the years. As a vocalist, guitarist and bassist, she plays jazz, blues, reggae, latin and world music. She leads The Laurie Goldsmith Project and has just released a full length album of original material. As a long time professional early childhood educator, she has also assisted in writing and recording four albums of children’s music.

Ririka Tokushige (reeds) Multi wind player Ririka Tokushige has been involved with music all her life. Her main instruments are saxophone, clarinet and flute, and she has been actively playing in various local bands in Boston area for 20 years. After studying jazz at Berklee College of Music, her interest in music expanded in many different genre, including rock, funk, blues, gospel, classical, latin and other world music. Some of her recent world music experience includes Alexander y su orquesta(salsa and merengue), Johnny Bate, Ramon y su Banda, Watch Out(Haitian), and The Volo Volo. She has recorded numerous CDs with many groups in different styles. Besides playing actively, Ririka also has been teaching private/group lessons in greater Boston area.

Gillian DeLear (drums) Originally from Menlo Park CA, Gillian De Lear began playing drums at age ten, and has not stopped since. She played throughout her school & college years in band, orchestra, marching band and jazz ensembles. From 1983-1986 she toured for three years throughout the Midwest and southwest with Hawkins & De Lear, a high-tech pop duo. Moving to Tucson AZ, in 1986, she began teaching Rincon High School’s marching drum line as well as teaching drum set at Workshop Music. She has played in many local and touring bands with styles ranging from Afro-pop, country, jazz, blues, and rock. In 1995, Gillian won a TAMMIE, Tucson Area Music Award, for best country group with the band Girls With Guitars. From 1998 – 2000 Gillian played with Lori Davidson & The Intruders which toured on the West Coast, played at the Sturgis Biker Rally in South Dakota, was the back up band for Archie Lee Hooker, and opened for Bo Diddley in Phoenix.In 2002, Gillian played with Betty Diamond, an all-female rock band for Tucson’s Fourth of July Celebrations, as well as opening for the play, Vagina Monologues at the Rialto Theatre. In 2003, Gillian played with Deacon & Dean, who opened for Little Feat at the Rialto Theatre. In 2004, Gillian played with The Jazz Chicks, who opened for Shirley Horn at the Women’s Primavera Jazz Festival.Gillian moved to Boston, MA in 2005 and has finished a Bachelor degree in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, toured with Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, a swing influenced band for 2006-2007. She also played with Jessica Tardy a blue-eyed soul singer, in 2009 Gillian finished a cd of original free jazz. It is a cd of duets with her favorite musicians in Boston. Now she is working on her masters’ degree at Longy School of Music in Cambridge MA. She teaches at the Music Maker School in Acton MA, and plays jazz standards with the Aronow Nextet, David Ehle Jazz Band, and has a small recording studio called Nacho Mama Studios.


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