A 'Double Life': Suburban Parents By Day, Celebrated Musicians By Night

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By Benazir Karim

If you see Stacey Shames and Tim Ries pushing a cart in a Costco in New Jersey, the couple would seem to be like any other suburban parents. But their nights are spent on their passion: music.

A Juilliard-trained harpist, Shames performs as a soloist with several orchestras, such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and she also plays with her own group, the Aureole Trio. Her husband, Tim Ries, is a jazz saxophonist who tours with the Rolling Stones, among other bands, sometimes away for months at a time.