Soul Purpose

R&B, Soul, Blues, Motown, Swing, New Orleans Funk, and Jazz in the Hudson Valley

SARA ESPINOSA,  Lead Vocals

As the newest member of the Soul Purpose Band, Sara brings her passion and enthusiasm to her role as lead vocalist. In the past ten years, she has collaborated with a number of singer / songwriters and bands in the Hudson Valley (most notably, All UC and the Jim Decker Band). Prior to that, she performed with bands in the Pacific Northwest; from which she hails. She possesses a genuine love and passion for music and has a particular interest in neo and “old school” Soul and R&B.

DR. LORI MORRIS — Alto, tenor and soprano saxes, flute, percussion and vocals

Dr. Lori has performed from California to New York and in Europe. In addition to Soul Purpose, Dr. Lori performs with an 18 piece big band "The Jazz Pioneers", "Women of the Blues" along with numerous other Hudson Valley ensembles.

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RICH DE CROSTA — Trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, vocals, percussion

 Rich has played in groups around the Hudson Valley, up and down the east coast, California and Europe. In addition to a current local project, The Jazz Pioneers Big Band, Rich has performed or recorded with The Orlons of Don't Hang Up and South Street fame, The Christine Spero Group, The Felice Brothers, Byard Lancaster, Blueberry and Pete Seeger. Rich has played with Soul Purpose since its first gig.

ROBERT "CUE" GERHARDS — Guitar and Vocals

Cue plays the "Soloflight" a guitar hand crafted by him in his shop at Gerhards Guitarworks. Having played many styles of music throughout the northeast, his style fits the Soul Purpose Band to a tee. Some of Cue's highlight's include playing The Ed Sullivan Theater Stage, New York City and as well as The Egg, Albany NY. Cue has also jammed with diverse musicians such as Little Sammy Davis and Del McCoury.

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JAMES PROSSER — Keyboards and Piano

James grew up in a musical family where his mother played the piano and his father the cello. James got the bug to learn the piano as a young teen, and has been playing ever since. James interests are American music and improvisational music, so blues, jazz, and "The Great American Song-Book" are his faves. Along the way, he has  played in many different types of bands – everything from Ambient to Zydeco. Soul Purpose is a wonderful fit for James musical tastes, and he is enjoying his "key" place in the band. James plays a Roland Digital piano, and (when the roadies are willing) a Hammond organ.

STEVE TUROWSKI — Drums

Steve has been playing drums professionally with various groups for over 40 years. His experience playing drums covers all musical styles including club and lounge groups, musicals, show, marching and concert bands. Steve has spent many summers playing at Catskill Mountain hotels and resorts. Along with Soul Purpose, Steve is currently the drummer for an 18 piece big band, "The Jazz Pioneers", "The Greg Lofaro Jazz Quartet" as well as "The Doug Ferony Show Band".

FRANCIS RALSTON — Bass

Francis has been playing bass professionally for over 35 years. His experience in many styles of music has allowed him to perform with bands across the US, the Caribbean and Europe. Membership in the Jazz Pioneers and Soul Purpose represents a "return to his roots" of R&B, blues and jazz.