Lord Byron (a.k.a. Clark Holtzman) studied for an MFA in Poetry at Indiana University, where he also received a BA and MA in English and American literature. He earned a doctorate in literary theory at Saint Louis University & taught literature and writing at several universities before joining EY, a global professional services firm, from which he retired in 2015. Clark grew up with Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald & Gene Krupa in the house. He writes and publishes poetry and nonfiction, and coordinates Wednesdays@One, a poetry writing salon. His blog is at http://clarkspoetryblog.blogspot.com/.
David Shore grew up in Pittsburgh where the airwaves were filled with R&R, R&B and jazz, and the club scene thrived. His first professional gig was at 14. He later toured Oklahoma and Maine playing honky-tonks and dance halls. David came to Chapel Hill in 1977 to pursue a Ph.D. in biostatistics and joined the Apple Chill Cloggers. He eventually looked up from the books and returned to playing music. Currently, he can be found at Vimala’s Curry Blossom Café, Chapel Hill, on Thursday nights playing with Southern Routes and at Triangle venues with Eyes Like Kites. He lives in Durham.
Bassist Rick Eckberg grew up in Rochester, NY, where he learned double bass in public school and at Eastman School of Music. He performed in jazz groups and orchestras as an undergrad at Hamilton College, earning a BA in 1968. He joined the Army and played in the Army band, then repaired to Chapel Hill to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1974. He has worked with jazz musicians and artists from Carole Sloane and Teddy Wilson to Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and Debbie Reynolds. Rick records with Roanoke jazz artist Lenny Marcus and performs in the Durham Symphony. He is married to singer-songwriter Shannon Dancy and is a longtime resident of Hillsborough.
Cornetist/composer Bryan McCune hails from Nebraska. Bryan has performed from Lincoln and Omaha to the Washington-Baltimore area, and now around North Carolina’s Research Triangle. He’s composed and performed scores for modern dance works at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.’s Dance Place, and venues in Maryland, Virginia, Raleigh and Durham. Bryan is a long-time explorer of electronically modified brass sounds, with an ever-evolving effects rig as part of his sonic signature. Bryan appears regularly with FLOY DOY, Eyes Like Kites, Children of the Horn, and the Pagan Hellcats. By day, he’s a pathologist based in Research Triangle Park.