Jerry Wicentowski's singing has been described as one of the great
undiscovered treasures of contemporary bluegrass. Discovery has been set in
motion firstly through the 1998 release of his solo recording "Lucky Break." More
recently Jerry has been back in the studio and will have on hand at Jalopy his
brand new recording entitled "Thanks, Mac!"- a tribute to the singing of Mac
Wiseman, who has been Jerry's primary inspiration. At this CD release concert,
Jerry invites you to re-visit a great bunch of songs that were originally recorded in
the early 1950's.
Marty Cutler's roots in the New York bluegrass scene extend from the mid-60's
as a teen in Washington Square to a long-time tenure in the Wretched Refuse
String Band. In addition to playing in bands with Jerry since their teens, he's also
worked with Hazel Dickens, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, the Kathy Kallick Band,
Bob Paisley, Tony Trischka, and many others. Marty’s work appears in Tony
Trischka’s Hot Licks for Banjo as well as Masters of the 5-String Banjo and Tony
characterizes his style as “Relentlessly Rhythmic”.
Kenny Kosek is one of the most recorded fiddlers in America today, having been
the featured soloist on hundreds of albums, soundtracks and jingles. His most
recent CD, Angelwood, on Rounder records was called : “a lovely piece of work
with a strong hint of the spiritual.” (Dave Hinckley, Daily News); “an album that
will surprise and delight fans of fiddle music in all its many forms.” (Bluegrass
Unlimited). “Kosek’s signature sound - a swinging, smooth and creamy hot rise
that is as hard as it rocks, has exponentially enhanced every project he’s lent it
to.” (Village Voice).
Larry Cook has been an in demand bassist and arranger since his professional
debut in 1997. Equally adept on acoustic and electric basses, he holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Capital University in Columbus, OH.
Since his move to Brooklyn in 2010, he has actively freelanced within the jazz,
bluegrass, pop/rock, and theatre circuits. He toured nationally for a 18 months
with Signature Sounds recording artist Miss Tess, and tours internationally as a
member of the Byron Stripling Quartet. As a composer/arranger, his work has
been performed by the Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, and Columbus Jazz
Orchestra, among others. He was also a founding faculty member of the Jazz
Academy in Columbus, OH, teaching rhythm section styles, arranging, and music
David Goldenberg is a mandolin player who's now singular approach blurs the lines
between the adventurous sounds he hears in head and the most rugged of
fundamentals he is enamored of in traditional music. As one of the first ever
mandolin graduates of the Berklee College of music, he went on to become a
winner of the National Mandolin Contest, Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, Rockygrass Mandolin Contest and Utah State Mandolin Contest.