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The CGS Trio

Instrumentation
Double Bass, Piano and Percussion

Repertoire
The CGS TRIO perform a unique blend of music by Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Paquito D’Rivera, The Beatles, Phil Collins, Bill Evans, Steely Dan, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder, and many more…

Personnel

Marc Cousins
Double Bass and Leader

Paris born bassist, Marc started his musical studies in Brussels, Belgium. He received his Bachelor degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University and attended North Texas State University for graduate work in music. He has toured the US and Europe with a variety of musical groups and has lived in Orlando, Dallas and NYC. He currently resides in Buffalo, where he performs with numerous local ensembles such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Katy Miner, Sal Andolina, Dave Shiavone, etc.

Jim Gardner
Piano

Born into a family of musicians, Jim Gardner studied classical and jazz piano and music theory at the Westchester Conservatory of Music before going on to study with Johnny Morris, long-time pianist for Buddy Rich and later house pianist at Jimmy Ryan’s in NYC. In college, Jim was a member of the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Willie Ruff, a former member of the Miles Davis Orchestra. For the last dozen years, Jim has performed around Western New York, often with Marc.

Jamie Sunshine
Percussion

As a percussionist and educator from Buffalo, New York, Jamie holds a Master’s degree from West Virginia University and a Bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Fredonia. Graduating with percussion performance degrees, Jamie has studied Western percussion extensively, and performs with various percussion ensembles, orchestras, jazz ensembles, classic rock groups and children’s groups throughout Western New York. She works with and performs for a wide range of groups, from children in elementary schools to adults in nursing homes.