The Buck and a Quarter Quartet

The $1.25 Quartet - L to R - Carl Luckert, Angus Loten, John Bianchi, Ben Mealer and John Landry, April 2015.  Photo: Meg Reichardt

This "quartet and a quarter" has made its mission to play forgotten gems, as well as favorites, of the golden age of American popular music and vintage-inspired originals. We play them in our own style, which has been described as "skiffle meets Cole Porter," all on strings with additional instruments like C-melody saxophone, clarinet, tuba, bass sax, temple blocks, gong and bell tree.

The Buck and a Quarter Quartet has played great venues, events and festivals, including Joe's Pub, Pete's Candy Store, Jalopy Theatre, Club Wit's End, Freddy's Bar and Back Room, Edible New York, Positively 8th Street, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society, Will Friedwald's Clip Joint, the Parkside Lounge and Otto's Shrunken Head, among others.  We have monthly residencies at Jimmy's No. 43, Red Room at KGB Bar and SISTERS Bklyn.  


The Buck and a Quarter Quartet at Jimmy's with Carl Luckert on guitar and Erin Lobb on string bass, 2014.

The Buck and a Quarter Quartet at Jimmy's with Carl Luckert on guitar and Erin Lobb on string bass, 2014.

You NEVER know who's going to drop into our shows: we never know, either. Frequent guests include Kat Edmonson, Mara Kaye, Bria Skonberg, Jim Fryer, Jim Wildman, Al Street, David Ostwald, Evan Arntzen and Arnt Arntzen. We've also performed with Molly Ryan, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Levinson, Ehud Asherie, Lucas Ferrari, Fernando Montardit, Conal Fowkes, Cynthia Sayer, Patsy Monteleone, Carole J. Bufford, Cait Allen, Lauren Sansaricq, Matt Quinones, Gabe Terraciano, Sarah L'Abriola, Sean Cronin, Del Robles, Uke Jackson, the Scrub Board Serenaders, Les Chauds Lapins, Megg Farrell and Ryan Weisheit, The Swingaroos, Margaret and the Marigolds, 5 Mile String Band, Bliss Blood & Al Street, and Sweet Soubrette. Playing ukes, we backed Molly Ryan at Joe's Pub and Bria Skonberg and Dan Levinson at Zeb's.  Former members include Carl Luckert, Erin Lobb, Joanna Sternberg and Eden Atencio. 


John Bianchi
- reeds, strings and Vocals

John Landry - violin, Vocals
Angus Loten - Tenor guitar/Banjo, bells
Ben Mealer - uke, Percussion and Vocals
Brian Nalepka - String bass, tuba, bass saxophone and vocals

John Gill - Guitar
Scott Ricketts - Cornet
Lisa Kathryn hokans - Vocals
Adam Brisbin - guitar

Sammy Weissberg - string bass, Guitar