James is a prolific songwriter and producer, working with artists such as Ivan Neville, Paul Sanchez, and Franklin IV (of BET’s “Sunday’s Best”). In 2011, He earned a spot playing guitar on the introduction to ESPN’s Monday Night Football with fiddler Amanda Shaw (with whom James has recorded and performed numerous times). In 2012, he was featured in a scene on HBO’s Treme along with Ernie Vincent and legendary saxophonist James Rivers. The same year, he began performing regularly with dynamic trombonist Glen David Andrews. Martin began his professional music career, performing with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. In December 2008, after seven years of playing with Trombone Shorty, James decided to pursue a solo career. Martin has also worked with Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Ernie Vincent, as well as with other New Orleans mainstays like Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Flow Tribe.
New Orleans-based, virtuoso percussionist, vocalist, pianist, songwriter and music industry veteran. His work includes twenty years of percussion for Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers and a handful of other prominent New Orleans bands - Coolbone, Mass Hysteria, All That and Crönk; more than thirty years of study in jazz, funk, pop, and related styles; a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis and Harold Batiste, completed in 1998, leading to close study with Shannon Powell; touring and recording credits with a long list of internationally-cherished bands and musicians; acting and voice credits in TV and Film, most notably in Treme on HBO; and most recently, solo albums and band ventures that capitalize on Freeman’s devastating versatility (and good looks).
Jon is one of the most in-demand sousaphone & tuba players in New Orleans today. He appears on several episodes of HBO’s “Treme”, and recorded the tuba part on the Grammy and Emmy nominated song “This City,” which was featured in the closing credits of season one, as well as on Steve Earle’s Grammy nominated album “You’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive.” (It was during that studio session where Mr. Toussaint dubbed Jon the “One-Take Wonder”). Jon’s signature sound has been documented on albums by Steve Earle, Marianne Faithful, The Metric, musician/actress Irina Bjorklund & poet Ed Sanders, as well as the New Orleans favorites Luke Winslow King, Helen Gillet, Raphael Bas, The Loose Marbles, Panorama Jazz Band, Magnetic Ear, Valparaiso’s Men’s Choir & Shotgun Jazz Band. He’s played for sold out crowds all over the USA, as well as China, Turkey, France, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Mexico & Canada. Locally, Gross has held down the bass end with New Orleans legends Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Glen David Andrews, James Andrews, Partner-N-Crime, DJ Jubilee, Ricky B, Fifth Ward Weebie, Big Freedia, Katey Red & Cheeky Blakk. Gross has also had the honor of sharing the stage with Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal’s Real Thing Tuba Band, Trombone Shorty, Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake & Solange Knowles. He’s been nominated 8 years in a row by Offbeat magazine as one of the top sousaphonists in New Orleans. He’s currently a full time member of The World Famous Treme Brass Band, and his solo project Tubasco is set to debut in 2015.
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