We are hosting a music series out in front of the shop and we have some amazing New York based musicians lined up! Come on out and support these talented players, many of them on their first foray back out since pandemic began!
Saturday, May 1st, 5-6pm - Richard X Bennett Trio w/Adam Armstrong
Sunday, May 2nd, 3-4pm - Max Boiko, Trumpet and Charlie Steiner, drums
Sunday, May 9th 3-4pm - Max Boiko, trumpet with piano
Saturday, May 15th 5-6pm - Greg Jackson, bass, Rick Sabo, guitar and Tony Mason, drums
Sunday, May 16th 3-4pm - Jonny Meyers, guitar and Kevin Batchelor, trumpet
Saturday, May 22nd 5-6pm - Clark Gayton, trombone and Greg Jackson, bass
Sunday, May 23rd 3-4pm - Adam Armstrong, bass and Michael Blake, saxophone
Saturday, May 29th 5-6pm - Adam Armstrong, bass and KJ Denhert, guitar and vocals
Sunday, May 30th, 3-4pm - Phil Kestra, drums and Bo Williams, guitar & vocals
Saturday, June 5th 5-6pm - John Pinamonti, guitar and vocals
Sunday, June 6th, 3-4pm - Noah & Mario, guitar and vocals
Sunday, June 20th, 3-4pm - Sarah Annear, vocals
GREGORY "Bassie" Jackson has rocked clubs, concert halls, and sold-out stadiums as touring and recording bassist for multi-Grammy winning reggae legend, Burning Spear (a.k.a. Winston Rodney). He’s also written and recorded for everyone from Amy Winehouse (platinum album Frank? Yeah, his name’s on that) and Leela James to Simply Red, David Banner, Midnite, Niyorah, Ancient King, Abja, Ancient King and Snoop Dogg. And Source magazine nominated him for “Best Remix” for his work with Dead Prez featuring Jay-Z.
Bassie, hailing from Yorktown Heights, New York, owes his “bassic” prowess to the classical bass violin lessons he had as a wee one with Dr. Arthur Davis, of Coltrane, Dizzy, and Lena Horne fame. Jackson's childhood and adolescence included playing with national and international youth symphonies and jazz orchestras, before moving on to launch a career in international development and community building. Jackson later flipped the script when the tour opportunity came up with Burning Spear, finding a balance between touring, recording, and his career with international community building.
“The best thing I’d ever done for my career was making a list of things I would do if money weren’t a factor. Then I did them. It was scary to give up a ‘real job’ that paid the bills, but it’s also scary to not follow your dreams. I followed my dreams and I couldn’t have made a better decision.”
TONY MASON has toured and recorded with John Scofield, Joan Osborne, Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter, Shooter Jennings, Bernie Worrell, Bo Diddley, Martha Wainwright, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, Amy Helm, Leftover Salmon, Natalie Cole, Darlene Love, The Soup Dragons, Paula Cole, Jim Campilongo, Neil Sedaka, Connie Francis, Captain and Tennille, Baba Olatunji, Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Billl Sims Jr., Bloomdaddies and many others. In the studio, Tony has worked with producers Nile Rodgers, Camu Celli, Ron St. Jermaine, Matt Pierson and the legendary Russ Titleman; he has also played on many commercials and television shows.
JONNY MEYERS - Song by song, Jonny is catching up with the traditions left quietly behind in his native Forest Hills – the small hub of Queens, which provided the breeding grounds for legendary songwriters like Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, and the founding members of The Ramones. Meyers’s catalogue to date is a careful blend of romance and consciousness that reflects the lyrical, topical, and raw emotional traces of his predecessors.
After joining The Stingers in 1998, Jonny became the principal songwriter and bandleader and in a few years they catapulted from Austin onto the international scene, becoming one of the top traditional ska groups known throughout the world. The Stingers have released three full length CDs and four EPs to date, and toured nationally and internationally, backing pioneering Jamaican singers such as Laurel Aitken and Doreen Shaffer.
Jonny’s stint in Austin ended and he returned home. Not long after he teamed up with Kevin Batchelor (trumpet, voice of The Skatalites), and crafted new ska tunes in Kevin's Bronx apartment. Once they found a band of veteran ska players, Kevin Batchelor’s Grand Concourse formed and released their self-titled LP in 2011. Alongside this project, Jonny also formed a solo project simply called Jonny Meyers & The Trio. In this group, Jonny turns to blues, country and soul sounds that are the core of all the reggae and ska songs he’s written for other projects. Jonny & the trio hit the studio and recorded Jonny’s first proper solo record “Somewhere You’ve Been.” The album was released in 2014. Since then, the band has subsequently added a horn section, changed the name to JMQ, and is working on a follow up record due for release in 2018.
KEVIN BATCHELOR was born in St. Louis, Missouri and met his destiny at the age of thirteen. Already an avid lover of music, he stumbled upon the Miles Davis record Milestones. Captivated by the sound of the trumpet, he instantly fell under its influence and realized that this was the instrument that he would strive to perfect.
As both a Trumpeter & Lead Vocalist, Kevin Batchelor effortlessly captures the attention of audiences worldwide with his masterful ensemble playing and spirited solos. No matter the time of year, day of the week, or location, you will always catch him working. Currently, he is bringing the music of Grand Concourse on tour, as he embarks on a long overdue solo career. According to Kevin Batchelor, music is life and life is good.
Credits: Keith Richards, Queen Latifah, Rihanna, Sean Paul/Bunny Rugs, Marcus Miller (producer/songwriter for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross etc.), Sly and Robbie, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Maxwell, KRS-ONE, Burning Spear, Big Mountain, Black Rock Coalition, Sugar Minott, The Fleshtones, David Yazbek, Mark Ledford, The Meditations, Eek-A-Mouse, Harry Miller, Ms. Melodie, Shelly Thunder, Boogie Down Productions, Abeng, Lisette Melendez, Bustin Melonz, Boom Band, Dancehall Divas, Dog Eat Dog, Shinehead, Robi Kahakalau, Jah Batta, The Fleshtones, Marques Wyatt, Ras Droppa, Rob Symeonn, and Patrice.
He has appeared on several Television shows including The David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show & more. KB has also enjoyed the honor of playing on the Grammy-winning Burning Spear album Jah Is Real (Best Reggae Recording, 2008).
CLARK GAYTON is an American multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer and musicians' rights advocate.
Clark has worked and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world, such as Charles Tolliver,Lionel Hampton,McCoy Tyner,The Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band,Ted Nash and Odeon, Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra,Clark Terry,Nancy Wilson, and Ray Charles.
Clark toured with Bruce Springsteen as part of the Seeger Sessions band. Clark has recorded or performed with Prince,Rihanna,Brazilian Girls,Steel Pulse,Wyclef Jean,Queen Latifah,Quincy Jones,Sting,Sturgill Simpson,Whitney Houston,Stevie Wonder,Santana,Maxwell,The Skatalites, and Bad Brains, to name a few.
He was also a member of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. He has appeared in the movies Malcolm X,Sweet and Lowdown, and Kansas City. He has performed frequently with Conan O'Brien's house band as a substitute for Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg. In addition, he is a strong advocate for musicians’ rights and has been a panelist for discussions about the online and independent music industry.
Over 6 albums and 25 years of gigs, Pinamonti has honed his gentle, husky voice as well as his song craft and multi-instrumental abilities, and is just as at home playing solo as he is driving a duo, trio or quartet.
Born in Los Angeles, JP grew up in San Antonio, TX and Portland, OR. He started playing music in his early teens, influenced by an uncle who played fiddle, guitar and sang. It was from these earliest days (and the uncle’s offer of an electric guitar if he learned 6 chords!) that JP developed a sense of how to deliver a song, how to engage the listener, and how to entertain. Even though he became a self-confessed guitar geek in his late teens and early twenties, he never lost track of that earlier feeling of one man with one guitar and his voice, laying it down.
After spending 4 years on and off the road with Ghanian master drummer Obo Addy (what JP refers to as “grad school”), he finally decided it was time to do his own thing. When he tapped back into his roots in the West as well as his knowledge of musical traditions, what started to come out is what you’ll hear here on this site: www.pinamonti.com, or when you hear him live, performing throughout the New York City area.