The Buck and a Quarter Quartet

So, here's our deal...

We play the forgotten gems of the golden age of American popular music, as well as favorite vintage-inspired originals. We play them in our own category-defying style, described as "skiffle meets Cole Porter" and "what IS this?", mostly on strings.

We play great venues, events and festivals, including Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Pete's Candy Store, Jalopy Theatre, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Montauk Club, Freddy's Bar and Back Room, Edible New York, Positively 8th Street, the Pennsylvania Jazz Society, Will Friedwald's Clip Joint, Wit's End and the Parkside Lounge, among others.  We have monthly residencies at Red Room at KGB Bar and SISTERS Bklyn, and played Jimmy's No. 43 monthly for three years.

John B. - Photo: Nina Galicheva, 2018.

John B. - Photo: Nina Galicheva, 2018.

You NEVER know who's going to drop into our shows. Frequent guests include Kat Edmonson, Mara Kaye, Bria Skonberg, Jim Fryer, David Ostwald, Sean Cronin, Adam Brisbin, Mike Weatherly, Evan Arntzen and Arnt Arntzen. 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. 

John Bianchi
- reeds, Vocals
John "Dustbowl" Gill - Guitar, 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