1959, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. Raised in Baltimore and Washington, DC, Gress studied music at Towson State University, where his tutor was Hank Levy and a fellow student was Ellery Eskelin. Playing bass, he concurrently played professionally in the area and was in the house band at Washingtons Blues Alley. Among musicians with whom he worked there was Marc Copland, from whom he learned considerably. Following his graduation, he took a job for a few months at the Los Angeles cartoon studios of Hanna Barbera. Returning to Washington, he resumed playing jazz before moving to the New York area in 1983 for two years, prompted by a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. In New York again in 1992, he soon becoming prominent in jazz and improvised music circles.
Among the artists with whom Gress has worked are Ray Anderson, Lynne Arriale, Tim Berne, David Binney, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Bill Carrothers, Dave Douglas, Allen Farnham, Sam...