Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bob Hipkens & Friends; Matt Glaser, Jon Sholle & Marty Confurius on Sat. November 29

This concert is sold out as of 11/27/14
Bob Hipkens, Matt Glaser and Marty Confurius have known each other since the early 70s when their band, The Central Park Sheiks, first hit the music scene in New York City. So this concert is a reunion of sorts, with the addition of guitarist, Jon Sholle. This mixed influence band released a single LP, Honeysuckle Rose. The style they are most often associated with is urban and western acoustic swing music, but they played a great deal of country and folk inflected tunes, as well as original music. The band toured many colleges in the Eastern seaboard during their years together, and had a very successful final performance at New York's Loeb Student Center in New York. While not widely known outside of the eclectic music scene, the band achieved notoriety in Japan.

Bob Hipkens has played many Jenkins house concerts during the past 12 years. He and his daughter Sarah often appear together as a duo which features Bob's dobro and guitar wizardry. Sarah will be making a guest appearance on November 29.

Matt Glaser, violinist, is the Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at the Berklee College of Music where he has been on the faculty for 28 years. The Boston Herald has called him,"possibly America's most versatile violinist." Matt has performed at the White House and at Carnegie Hall with Yo Yo Ma as part of Stephane Grappelli's birthday celebration. He has been on staff at the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp in upstate NY and serves on numerous boards of string and chamber music associations.

Marty Confurius, bass, has been a part of the NYC music business since the Shieks toured in the early 70s. He then joined legendary mandolinist Andy Statman for ten years, resulting in numerous recording projects and tours with various Klezmer and Bluegrass bands. His is currently teaching and freelancing in the New York area.

Jon Sholle, guitarist, was a member of the David Grisman Quartet and has performed on Broadway in "Big River, " and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." He also played with mandolinist Andy Statman and recorded with him as recently as 2011.

If you are interested in reserving a seat for this concert, please contact Sandy, at: From there you will receive a reply and details of location and available seating. For first time visitors to this blog, the Jenkins House Concert series is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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