About the Band
By the time he was a senior in high school, Reuben was quite active on the New York jazz scene and recorded with his first group, Repercussions. Heavily influenced by Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette and Elvin Jones, by age 19, Reuben was playing with Art Blakey sidemen Valery Ponomaerov, David Schnitter and Lonnie Plaxico. He remained musically active throughout college and while attending medical school in Tel Aviv from 1984 to 1988, became a member of the Israeli jazz quartet Zaviot. Zaviot toured extensively throughout Europe performing in major festivals, winning an award for most originality in the Red Sea Jazz Festival in 1986.
Reuben has appeared on many albums including two as a leader of his own group, The RH Factor, which features Miles David alumnus Dave Liebman. Reuben's debut CD was recorded live at New York's Knitting Factory. Amongst the many musicians that Reuben has performed and recorded with are Greg Osby, Lonnie Plaxico, Jim Pepper, Ron McClure, Don Friedman, Joey Calderazzo, Ed Schuller, Leni Stern and Jeff Andrews. He was co-leader of the group West End Avenue, which featured the great Native American Saxophonist, Jim Pepper. West End Avenue released four CD's. The group's 1989 release "West End Avenue ", featuring Jim Pepper, Christoph Spendel and Ron McClure, was record of the month in Germany. This recording, which contains two of Reuben's original compositions, was given three stars in "The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD".
The Chassidic Jazz
Project, Reuben's most recent effort, combines traditional Chassidic melodies
with contemporary jazz arrangements. For Reuben, this project is the realization
of a dream.
Since 1990, Tom has been performing in the South
Florida area. He composed and performs on the album "Extra Strength",
by the group Active Ingredient. He was also the winner of the jazz category
of Guitar Player magazine's 1992 Ultimate Jazz Competition. Having been
a music professor at Broward Community College and Florida Atlantic University,
Tom is currently a private music teacher and recently released his first
solo CD, entitled "Painting the Slow Train Brown". Tom is musical director
of The Chassidic Jazz Project.
Marie has served on the faculty of the Coral Ridge School of Arts and is a founding member of the Rhapsody Trio, which performs throughout South Florida. She is Conductor of the Starter Strings Florida Youth Orchestra. Since embarking on a solo career, she has played throughout the Southeastern United States with her accompanist, pianist, Sergio J. Puig.
Barbara also performs with many Broadway shows here, including Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Titanic; and she has played for stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Ray Charles, and Natalie Cole. Barbara has toured all over the world with a chamber ensemble, Quintessence, on Cunard Cruise Lines, and has traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, with the Mantovani Orchestra. Her dream is to continue to combine playing the cello with travelling all over the world.
Felipe has played in the Berlin Jazz Festival and at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. Earlier this year he played in New York with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band as well as the Conrad Herwig Quartet. Most recently, he has been playing with Ron Miller and the Gerry Keller Quartet, in addition to his work with Reuben Hoch. He also plays with Celia Cruz and performs his own Latin jazz compositions.
Since graduation, Dan has played around the world with artists including Julio Iglesias, Raul DiBlasio, Ignacio Berroa, Silvano Monasterios, Raul Midon and Nicole Yarling. His recording credits include many local and regional artists as well as numerous jingles. In addition to his performing career, Dan currently works as a producer and engineer from his Fort Lauderdale studio.
Percussionist Robert Thomas Jr. was born in Miami Beach Florida in
December of 1955. A self taught musician and avid traveler, Bobby combines
the traditional playing styles of many instruments and many lands, both
ancient and contemporary. Bobby is known worldwide for his work with Joe
Zawinul and Wayne Shorter of the group Weather Report. A two time Grammy
nominee, Bobby has played with David Sanborn, Monty Alexander, Art Blakey,
Stan Getz, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Mann.
He is considered one of the greatest percussionists in the world. He leads
his own group joined by Felix Pastorius, son of the legendary bassist