So, here's our deal...
We’re the Brooklyn- and Manhattan-based quartet and a quarter that plays the forgotten gems of the golden age of American pop, as well as favorites and vintage-inspired originals in our own category-defying style, described as "skiffle meets Cole Porter" and "what kind of music IS this?" We combine vintage pop, western swing, traditional jazz and even tangos together and play them mostly on strings.
The Buck and a Quarter Quartet has appeared at great clubs and venues throughout New York City, including Pete’s Candy Store, Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, Superfine, Jalopy Theatre, The Montauk Club, Freddy’s Bar, The Knickerbocker Hotel and more. We have had monthly residencies at KGB Bar’s Red Room and SISTERS Bklyn for the last four years, and, starting in 2014, played every month at Jimmy’s No. 43 for three years.
You never know who’s going to show up at our gigs, and we’ve had great guests and regulars, including Arnt Arntzen, Kat Edmonson, Adam Brisbin, Mike Weatherly, David Ostwald, Joshua Dunn, Evan Arntzen, Mara Kaye, Bria Skonberg, Jim Fryer, and Sean Cronin. We've also performed with Molly Ryan, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dan Levinson, Stephane Seva, Ehud Asherie, Lucas Ferrari, Fernando Montardit, Conal Fowkes, Cynthia Sayer, Carole J. Bufford and Al Street, to name just a few.
THE BUCK AND A QUARTER QUARTET IS:
John Bianchi - reeds, Vocals
John "SIR Scratchy" Landry - violin, Vocals
Angus Loten - Tenor Banjo, bells, vocals
Ben Mealer - uke, Vocals
Brian Nalepka - String bass, tuba, bass sax, vocals