The Trio

                                  THE ERViN DHiMO TRiO

With considerable and well-known talent involved in THE ERViN DHiMO TRiO, it’s no wonder that this exciting and innovative team of musicians has made the impact in New England that it has made. 

Flawlessly led by Ervin Dhimo, with his original and stylist approach to music arrangements and his unusual sound and rhythm perspective that only a master bassist can bring to an audience, this trio brings an awe-inspiring display of every kind of jazz there could ever be. 

Easy to listen to no matter what your background is, you don’t need to know the ins and outs of straight-ahead to close your eyes and bob your head when you hear them play straight-ahead jazz.  Comfortable for even the most amateur musician to be around, you don’t need to be a virtuoso to tap your feet and play your hands as though you knew every note of their funk.  And soulful enough for even the most hard-core rockers to stop and stare, this band has somehow “made it” in every venue they visit: from the highly critical ears of the Boston Jazz Circuit, to the high skeptical ears of various rock circuits, the Ervin Dhimo Trio somehow makes it work for everyone, no matter what your taste or background in music might be. 

Perhaps Kevin Lowenthal from The Boston Globe described this trio best when he wrote, “The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes…”  All you have to do is listen to this trio once and you will be hooked for life.  “Fierce, soulful, funky workouts” indeed.

 

This trio is truly the sum of its parts.  With three outstanding musicians in their own right, there is never a sense that one plays over the other or that any one player is separate.  Their “EDT atmosphere” is about unity, strength, passion, and chemistry among three of the most talented jazz musicians out there.

 

 

Ervin Dhimo, Bassist, Band Leader

Ervin Dhimo’s arrival on the jazz scene couldn’t have been more obscure and serendipitous.  It’s as if he were a character coming out of a Charles Dickens novel. 

Growing up in Albania in the 70s and 80s, he never dreamed of landing in Boston, MA by the late 90s– a hot bed of jazz activity in the United States. 

Though he started later than most (playing his first bass at age 22), his dedication, determination, and love-at-first-play of the bass was immediately founded in Athens at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory where he studied and mentored with Yiotis Kiurtsoglou, and international bass master who introduced Ervin to the depth of jazz. 

From there Ervin completed his studies and came to the United States of America on a Berklee scholarship to continue his studies at the world renowned Berklee College of Music just four years after picking up the bass for the first time. After that he studied with the Guru of Jazz Charlie Banacos

Since his graduation, Ervin has become a sought-after bassist, playing with some of the region’s greatest musicians such as Steve Hunt, Bruce Bartlett, Bob Gulloti, Herman Johnson, Leo Genovese, Steve Langone,  and many others.  When not playing live with EDT, Ervin has a full roster of private students and is hired for various session projects.

 

Steve Hunt, Keys

During Steve’s formative years, he studied with concert pianist Albert Hirsh, and jazz pianists Sid Davis and Lyle Mays who all helped form his lighting fast technique and unique style. Steve later attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he continued his study of jazz. 

After recording and performing with top Boston jazz musicians such as Randy Roos and Tiger Okoshi, and leading his own jazz fusion band, Steve spent the next ten years on the road with several renowned jazz artists such as Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Angela Bofill, Tom Brown, and Allan Holdsworth. Steve’s international touring took him to countries such as Japan, Israel, Austria, France, England, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, and Australia, as well as major cities in the US and Canada. 

 

During this time, Steve also served as musical director for the famous touring Jazz Explosion where he led the trio which headlined artists Freddy Hubbard, Gato Barbaira, Stanley Turentine, Ramsey Lewis, violinist Noel Pointer, Kenny G, and the late Phillis Hyman. The Jazz Explosion performed in major concert venues including the Circle Star in San Francisco, Beacon Theater in New York, Universal Theater in Los Angeles, and Hammersmith Odium in London.

Steve’s desire towards challenging himself is no where more evident than with his long time association with Allan Holdsworth, whose progressive and innovative style has helped Steve to further his own musical development.  With many credits to his name, both in terms of tours, CDs, production and ownership in his own studio (“The Kitchen”), and projects, Steve also serves as an instructor at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston.

 

Vancil “Coop” Cooper, Drums

 

Considered a prodigy in Boston’s well-known and highly competitive jazz scene, Vancil brings an unusual soul and technique to his playing that is quickly matching no other.  David Alexis from DAlexis Music describes Coop in this way: “Vancil Cooper sets the precedent for the harmonic drummer. His playing reveals deep musical knowledge and commitment to musical truth… Vancil is an avid apprentice of his instrument, making playing various styles as easy as breathing fresh air.

His accomplishments include performances in Detroit, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Canada, and even Trinidad, W.I. Vancil has received several outstanding musicianship awards from various jazz festivals, as well as several civic accolades.”  Accepted into Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship (a feat to be proud of in its own, as Berklee rarely provides full scholarships), Vancil’s energy, commitment, and potential is apparent to all who listen to him.