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John Coates Jr.

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Eric Doney

  

Eric Doney, a graduate of Pen Argyl High School, began classical studies in first grade and gave his first public performance by the age of seven. He started playing jazz in junior high school and began performing professionally at the many Pocono Mountain jazz clubs with local legends such as Al Cohn, Bill Goodwin, and Steve Gilmore. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Susquehanna University. 

Doney's first tour was with scat vocalist Jon Hendricks, with whom he recorded the Grammy-nominated album, Love. After moving to New York, Doney joined the David Johansen Band on a two-year tour, opening for such groups as The Who, Blondie, Duran Duran, the Clash, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. 

In 1983, Doney moved to Paris and toured with vocalist Kim Parker. Hired as a conductor for Connie Stevens, he relocated to Santa Monica, California, where he played with Les Brown's Band of Renown for 5 years.

During those years, Doney also was the pianist for all of Bob Hope's television shows and performed at the opening ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. For three years, he was musical director for Englebert Humperdink, touring more than 40 countries.

In 1993, Doney returned to the Poconos and formed PACIFIC ST RECORDS (www.pacificstrecords.com). To date, he has produced 18 releases for his label, recording such local jazz greats as Phil Woods, Bob Dorough, John Coates, Jr., and Scott Jarrett.

Jazziz magazine named Doney one of its five finalists in their Keyboards on Fire talent search in 1995. The publication also honored him for his CD, "And Why Not", which contained six original compositions ranging from up-tempo, funky jazz titles to beautifully crafted, almost neoclassical nocturnes.

"I have listened to the CD at least a dozen times and find that like a good author Doney creates on several levels. The first listen impressed me as likeable music, pleasant, easy listening. With subsequent performances the nuances and underlying artistry made themselves more evident. The depth and character became evident as his incredible touch and dynamics brought out bits of Bach, Gospel, Stride, Jazz and a virtuostic ability to go between these styles almost within one note. He has created a wonderful listening experience... What beautiful music it is!...” Matt Utal

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Phil Woods