Bossa Triba


The Band

James August Weber

James August Weber has been drumming since he was nine, and studied as a youth with jazz legends Joe Cusatis and Joe Morello. Through the years Jim has co-founded and led to stages bands in a variety of genres including R&B, Reggae,,World Beat, Blues and Jazz. Since 1995 he has concentrated almost exclusively on music of Brazil. His studies of Brazilian music brought him to the Drummers Collective of Manhattan, (Duduka Du Fonseca, and Bobby Sanabria), The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, (Deraldo Ferreira) Manhattan Samba (Ivo Arujo)and each year travels to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to continue his work with contacts there.

Together with his wife Teri, they developed all the aspects of Sambadees Productions including; the “Joy of Samba” polyrhythm workshop which they have presented in hundreds of venues across New England. The percussion wing of their performance group the “Berkshire Bateria” has appeared to great acclaim on many stages including “Brazil Day” festivities in N.Y.C. and many college and community music festivals. Bossa Triba, their melodic ensemble, presents songs of Brazil in a variety of genres.

Jim is proficient on all the percussion instruments of a Samba Bateria and has collaborated in performance with The Paul Winter Consort, (Solstice concerts at St John the Divine’s in N.Y and Shelburne Farms in VT.) Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, drummer Horatio “El Negro” Hernandez. and at Lincoln Center with Manhattan Samba. In addition to playing the gamut of Brazilian percussion , Jim is a master woodworker and builds Surdo, Timbal, and Repenique Samba Drums.

Teri Weber

Teri Weber is a singer, Dancer and drummer, she has studied with masters of percussion and dance here in the u.s. and Brazil.

She has performed Brazilian music for many years. Founding this organization with her husband she has discovered an inexhaustable source of inspiration from this musical culture.

Jon Weeks

Jon WeeksJon Weeks performs on flute, saxophones, wind synth, quena, congas, and small percussion.  He has studied music at Berklee College of Music, Westfield State College and Holyoke Community College.  Jon has performed with many latin, jazz, and rock bands up and down the East Coast such as Sol Y Canto, Orquesta Unidad, Ray Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, The Temptations and many others.  Jon is currently directing ensembles at Williston/Northampton School (Easthampton, MA) and Charlemont Academy (Charlemont, MA). He is also giving private lessons at The Northampton Community Music Center  (Northampton, MA).   Currently he can be heard performing with Viva Quetzal, Joe Velez & Creación, Satinwood, Band of Love, Northside Saxophone Quartet, Alafia, Look Out Brass Band, De Lomas Y Sones, Jesus Pagan Y su Orquesta and Bossa Triba.

Ben Kohn

Benny “Fingers” Kohn first sat in front of a piano at the age of 6, after his parents picked it up at a thrift shop and brought it to the family home in Windsor, MA. After learning the basics from his father Ed Kohn (a singer/songwriter and recording artist), Ben honed his skills in a largely self-taught manner. He also studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music in BostonSpring Dance Party at Spectrum Playhouse - Lee, MA - 2016, May - 11, as well as Westfield State College.

Mr. Kohn continues to develop his music while playing an integral role in the sound of many regional bands. He also backs many singers. With these artists, as well as playing solo piano, he has performed in a variety of spaces and places in the Northeast, including the Colonial Theatre of Pittsfield MA, Mohegan Sun Casino, Strange Creek Music Festival, and an overwhelming number of dining establishments, clubs, and bars in Massachusetts. He has played in Boston, Chicago, and New York. His talents have also led him to performance opportunities in England, Italy, France, Denmark, and Turkey.

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius is a pianist and composer living in Troy, NY. She received her formal musical training at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she studied ethnomusicology, piano performance and composition with Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, trombonist Julian Priester and Big Band leader/trumpet player Jim Knapp, as well as with Nigerian Juju musician IK Dairo.


Jon Suters

Jon-Suters-BW-7Jon Suters grew up in a musical family and began studying the violin and piano at the age of 9. He gravitated towards playing the string bass when he was 11 and the classical guitar at 13. He studied privately with Ed Flower (faculty of Ithaca College) for 5 years starting when he was 14 years old, and Richard Provost (chair of the guitar department at Hartt School of Music) for 1 year at which point he joined a German rock group called “Pearls at Swine” and toured the U.S. and Germany for two years. Jon settled in the Berkshires (Massachusetts) in his early twenties and has made a living there as both a performer and teacher. Jon coninues to study classical guitar privately with Ben Verdery , director of the guitar masters program at Yale School of Music, working on Baroque, Spanish, Brazilian, and Balkan musical styles as well as his own compositions. He is in demand in the surrounding region both as a bass player (specializing in upright, electric 6 string, and fretless) and as a guitarist (classical and jazz/world music). Some of the artists he has worked with recently include Charles Neville, Ed Mann, Eugene Friesen, and Paul Halley. Jon has appeared at some of the most famous nightclubs and venues in the northeast including the Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, the Knitting Factory, The Regatta Bar, Scullers, and Johnny Dees. Jon is very active as a teacher in his community, directing various ensembles as well as teaching electronic music composition at Berkshire Country Day School in Lenox Massachusetts. He also gives private lessons for guitar, bass, and drums. Jon lives in Mill River, Massachusetts with his partner Samantha and their three children.



Alongside the energetic Samba Drummers are the talented singers and melodic instrumentalists of “Bossa Triba”: guitar, bass, flute, keyboards, congas and saxophone,  all combine to take our show through several exotic facets of authentic Brazilian Music.

  • Afoxe’
  • MBP
  • Sambas
  • Bossas and more

Cool 1950’s style Jazz – the Bossa Nova.

It’s because of this variety of styles that we appeal to children, teens, adults and seniors.