"Well," people ask. "Why aren't there any bios of you people on there?" We're nothing if not eager to please, so here are several sketches that shed very little light on anyone's motivations.
John Bianchi sings, plays reeds and uke, and writes original songs for the Quartet. An obsessive collector, he has 6,000 pieces of sheet music (from "The Alley Cat" 1962 to "In Zanzibar" 1904), hundreds of terrible jokes, and two slightly above average daughters. He's performed at Carnegie Hall, and produced and appeared in vaudeville shows at Otto's Shrunken Head and the Gene Frankel Theater. He is from New York.
Scratchy plays violin and also writes songs for the quartet. Collecting records since the age of 4, John Landry (aka Sir Jack Scratchy) got bitten by the bug when he discovered an Original Dixieland Jazz Band record at his grandfather's house. The child of two exuberant classical music fans, it wasn't long before he took up the violin. While listening to programs such as The Doctor Demento Show, Jazz Revisited, Etc. his interest was cemented in the popular music of the 1920s and 1930s. He is the host of beHAVior Night—That Famous Funny Old Record Show, which can be heard every Friday from 5 to 6 pm Eastern time on WBCQ The Planet (www.wbcq.com).
Angus Loten plays tenor banjo/tenor guitar, bells, gong and bird whilste. A classically trained musician in the Suzuki, Honda and Ford Explorer methods, Angus is a contemporary of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Beck, among other top-rated artists of his generation. A Canadian, he has performed before crowned heads of Europe (true!) and is fond of whistling that old song about the largest city in Québec: “I’m a Dreamer, Montreal!”
Ben Mealer, who hails from the South, does not mind camping or the outdoors. He has been outside the city and returned to tell stories of wide open spaces, wild animals and a man with hair growing out of his face who was not from Brooklyn. He has been playing ukulele around New York City for as long as anyone can remember.