Soundoctrine Official Biography

    [reprinted courtesy of Soundoctrine]

    Original Alternative Funk/Jazz Band SOUNDOCTRINE first appeared at The Northeastern Ohio Gospel Music Connection in January 2002. Two weeks later they opened for Grammy Winner Bobby "Blue" Bland at the famous Cellar in Struthers Ohio. The group continues to travel throughout Northern Ohio, Western P.A. and Kentucky, even broadening their horizons in to New York.

    SOUNDOCTRINE'S two CDs "PERSEVERANCE" and "SD Live!!!" released May 2002 and June 2003 respectively on their own NIAYANA Label continue to receive solid support throughout the global Indie Artist community. Keyboardist Jim Couchenour released his debut "LIVING COLOUR" October 5, 2004 to rave reviews. The band's third CD entitled "ENDURANCE" is scheduled for an Early 2006 release.

    The band's unique blend of fusion, intentionally marketed toward the 25-64 age group has been described as ‘George Duke meets Steely Dan on the way to Quincy Jones house while listening to David Benoit!' The fellas dubbed their music "Originalalternativefunkjazzfusion!"

    "PERSEVERANCE" was awarded the 2003 Nu Soul ‘Album of The Year' from Soul-Patrol in Willingboro, NJ.

    In May 2004, SOUNDOCTRINE was nominated for Best Jazz Artist by the American Gospel Music Awards held in Orlando Florida.

    SD also enjoyed a feature as Jazz Artist of the Month for April 2004 at A first for any Indie Ohio Band or Artist.

    Their music and 2002 Border's Blitz Tour (see below) was documented by noted Indie Filmmaker, Art Byrd and was accepted as a finalist into the Hollywood Black Film Festival. The film was featured throughout the event in Hollywood, CA June 22-28, 2004. (

    In June 2003, SOUNDOCTRINE performed at Cleveland's famed Rock and Roll Museum as part of WZAK 93.1 FM's "Rock and Soul Day" along with Atlantic Starr, Freddie Jackson and Ready for the World. In July of that year, SD headlined a Gospel Brunch at Sean ‘P-Diddy' Combs' New York eatery, "Justin's" and was chosen as an Official 2003 MEIC Showcasing Artist in Kentucky.

    On Friday, February 27, 2004, SOUNDOCTRINE was the featured Live Entertainment on the Nationally Syndicated Urban Talk Radio "Tom Pope Show" The band's music has been added to the show's regular bumper rotation and they since have appeared as guests on the program.

    Recently, SOUNDOCTRINE has been busy headlining Jazz Fests, performing at benefits & Fundraising Events and putting the final touches on their long awaited third studio release "ENDURANCE."  

    SOUNDOCTRINE was the ‘band of choice' for newly elected Youngstown Ohio Mayor, Jay Williams' recent victory party in November 2005.

    2006 Capital Jazz Fest Finalists SounDoctrine's Unique Blend of Fusion has been described as ‘George Duke meets Steely Dan on the way to Bootsy Collins house while listening to John Coltrane!'  This Ohio Band ‘s crowd-pleasing style is ideal for Contemporary Jazz Lovers who Like to Rock their Blues!

    The SD story continues to unfold...

    [You may visit SOUNDOCTRINE's website at ( for a complete listing of stations, sites and web casts which feature their music or contact Jere B at 330-718-5373 or for BOOKING and additional info.]

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