Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Martin Grosswendt & Susan Salem-Schatz, January 16

Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together, with soul that comes from deep within. Together, they explore the highways and byways of American traditional and vernacular music, from pre-war blues, old time and jug band to jazz standards, honky tonk and contemporary gems.  Their fans revel in the powerful mix of genres the duo embraces in their performances, crossing time and space with grace and a touch of wry humor.
Martin is a multi-instrumentalist, internationally known as an inspirational interpreter of pre-war blues and other southern roots music.  His extraordinary instrumental skills are matched by his powerful, soulful vocals.  Musical partner Susanne is a remarkable singer, adding rock solid rhythm, a keen ear for harmony, and dynamic interpretations of songs old and new.  Together they demonstrate the exponential power of two.  Martin and Susanne’s harmonies work magic on songs both sweet and slow and rough and rowdy, with a vocal alchemy that touches listeners deeply.  These musicians were meant to sing together. Martin and Susanne have created strong connections with audiences since they began touring together in 2014.  They recently released their first CD, Old Songs, New Hats.

We hope you will be there to welcome these two outstanding musicians to their first Jenkins' House Concert. For details and reservations please contact Sandy at

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Holiday Celebration with Tony Trischka on Friday, December 4

Tony Trischka’s Glory Shone Around is a banjo-driven celebration of the season. The music of Glory Shone Around is “always excellent, full of fine surprises and memorable moments” -The New York Times

Based on his critically acclaimed Rounder Records release of the same name, with this show Tony turns his considerable melodic inventiveness loose on Bluegrass and Americana music for the holidays.

With the backing of his band of extraordinary musicians, Tony Trischka is joined by shape-note singer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen, vocalist and fiddler, Zoe Darrow, Molly Tuttle on guitar and vocals, John Mailander on fiddle, Skip Ward on bass and Sean Trischka, percussion. A diverse, highly textural seasonal collection, Trischka also revels in songs long forgotten and little known. Truly a sumptuous feast for the ears presented as only Tony Trischka can.

A “celebration of Americana, sometimes lively, sometimes stately,” -Washington Post

We are located on New York's Upper West Side. For details and reservations please contact Sandy at

This concert is now sold out. See you in 2016!

Eddie Barbash & Friends on Sunday, November 29

A founding member of the Late Show Band, “Stay Human,” alto saxophonist Eddie Barbash is known for his luminous sound and rhythmic invention. On Sunday evening, November 29th, he will be joined by jazz clarinetist Giacomo Smith, Roy Williams on gypsy jazz guitar, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, Alex Hargreaves on violin and Jeff Picker on bass. This unique ensemble will take a fresh look at early jazz and old time string band music.

We are located on New York's Upper West Side. For details and reservations please contact Sandy at

This concert is sold out as of 11/25/15. Thanks for supporting live music!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Grant Gordy and Friends on Saturday, November 14

For several years Brooklyn-based guitarist Grant Gordy has been a major voice on the American "acoustic music" scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, he's also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Montreal Jazz Festival; Jazz at Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo. His music has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts.

Hailed by Nashville’s Music Row Magazine for his “lickety-split mandolin work” and by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk legend Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the musical and figurative map. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Béla Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. An avid educator, Joe is also mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Violinist Alex Hargreaves is an active performer, playing on stages around the world including Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion, Grand Ole Opry, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, as well as venues in the UK, France, Italy, Canada, and South Korea. Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee College of Music, American Roots Program, states simply, “Truly, Alex Hargreaves is the best young jazz violinist in America.”

Ethan Jodziewicz (pronounced "yo-jeh-vits") is a double bassist who thrives in performances and collaborations that combine traditional with contemporary, technical virtuosity with simplicity and passion, seeking to inspire audiences with music that is fresh, exciting, and without boundaries. An in-demand ensemble player, Ethan is currently performing at festivals and concert halls across North America from RockyGrass to Carnegie Hall and can be seen on stage with Sierra Hull, Mr. Sun (w/ Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, and Joe Walsh), Tony Trischka, in his duo with Tatiana Hargreaves, and with others. Originally from Washington State, he has just completed studies with Edgar Meyer at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

Please note that our venue is located in Manhattan on the fourth floor of a brownstone walk up. RSVP with your name and number of guests to and we will send you the details of the concert if there are seats available.

Due to cancellations a few seats are remaining for tonight's concert.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet on October 24

Over the past thirteen years, our house concert series has witnessed many convergences. On October 24th we will host the result of one such convergence. Cellist, Natalie Haas, has appeared several times at a JHC with her sister Brittany. They in turn brought us stories of Yann Falquet, guitarist, and his Québecois trio, Genticorum. Then, in November 2007, Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Natalie's musical partner, brought his fiddle camp extravaganza onto the Trans-Canadian railway. Natalie and Yann were among the performers/instructors and this was the beginning of their musical and romantic journey. Six years later, and one year ago, they were married. While continuing to pursue their individual musical projects, they have set aside time to develop a program of their own. We will host this dynamic musical duo for the first time. 
This versatile couple will be performing a mix of original compositions as well as traditional Scottish, Québecois, Scandinavian, English, Spanish, and French tunes. Yann will also do some French Canadian songs from his repertoire that he has arranged from old songbooks and from the National folkloric archives. Natalie is also singing for the first time, and in French! 

We are located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. If you are interested in making a reservation please email; and you will receive a personal reply with details. 

Reserved seating is sold out as of 10/18. Thanks for supporting live music!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Opening Concert - 9 Horses on September 11

Jenkins House Concerts will open its 13th season on September 11th with two of its members familiar to our audiences. 9 Horses is comprised of Joe Brent (mandolin), Sara Caswell (violin), and Shawn Conley (bass), leading lights on their instruments who together are a breathtaking display of color, melody, and rhythmic drive. All three hail from a classical background, but Caswell’s jazz-inspired lyricism, Conley’s extraordinary technique, and Brent’s indie-pop sensibility and compositional ability to seamlessly weave together different stylistic threads, form a rich tapestry of diversity, virtuosity, and lyricism. The trio’s debut album, Perfectest Herald, will be released on Sunnyside Records in the fall of 2015.

This concert will be part of a 9 Horses tour through New England celebrating the release of the trio's debut CD “Perfectest Herald." On September 11th they will also feature guest artists throughout the evening.

Please note that our venue is located in Manhattan on a fourth floor brownstone walk up.  RSVP with your name and number of guests to and we will send you the details of the concert.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Season Finale-Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss on May 30th

Still in her mid twenties, Edinburgh born Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic Harp due to her unique chromatic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Based in Boston MA, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and with her trio. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Kathy Mattea, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser and Vardan Ovsepian. She teaches at the Berklee College of Music and has been published by Hal Leonard.

"Both Fascinating and Absorbing in equal measure, an Original Voice' (Scotsman)

On Saturday, May 30th she will be joined by percussive dancer, Nic Gareiss. Michigan born dancer, musician and dance researcher, Nic has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world. This is Nic's second appearance at a Jenkins House Concert. This time we welcome back with Maeve, who also played a show here in December 2012.

“The human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being...Gareiss is more fleet of foot than an Olympian sprinter and more buoyant than a helium-filled balloon...his restraint is palpable and freeform flight is inevitable.” – Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

Please contact Sandy at: for information and reservations.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tony and Sean Trischka Concert on May 16

In order to help launch Sean's debut solo album, Tony and Sean Trischka are touring as a father/son duo. They will be featured by the Jenkins House Concerts on Saturday, May 16, at their first ever, full show appearance together. Tony last performed here for a winter soltice concert and we welcome him back.

This year marks Tony Trischka’s 50th year as a banjo player. In that time he’s covered many musical bases....from straight-ahead Scruggs style, to ultra-progressive playing, then dropping back into the roots of modern banjo music (African, minstrel and parlor style).

Tony has twice been nominated for a Grammy, and has won three International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Banjo Player of the Year. He’s released fifteen solo albums and written fifteen instruction books. For the last six years he’s been at the helm of the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an online school with an international presence. Tony is a 2012 United States Artists Friends Fellow.

Sean Trischka is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based out of Boston, MA. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as The Deadly Gentlemen, Oteil Burbridge, Julian Lage and Joy Kills Sorrow. Sean will be releasing his debut solo effort in October 2015 and it will feature his songwriting, singing and unique style of pop music.

Tony and Sean will be combining on most of the evening's program and you can look forward to a show full of surprises as well as familial favorites. Tony will be covering a wide swath of territory from Earl Scruggs to Pete Seeger to the Beatles and beyond. There will be a couple of sing-alongs but nobody will get hurt.

For reservations please contact Sandy at;
Seats are fully reserved for this concert. Please contact us if you would like to be on the wait list.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Jeremy Kittel Band, Saturday, April 25

Jeremy Kittel has earned the reputation as one of the most versatile and dynamic fiddlers of his generation. A fellow New Yorker who resides in Brooklyn these days, this is Jeremy’s second appearance at a Jenkins’ House Concert on the Upper West Side. This time he will appear with an outstanding ensemble of musicians with whom he is collaborating to present his unique compositions. This core group includes: Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer, Joshua Pinkham, mandolin, and Nathaniel Smith on cello. Be prepared for sophisticated rhythmic interplay, ingenious tonal flexibility and jaw dropping  technique, both from the players as individuals and The Jeremy Kittel Band as a whole. 

"Jeremy Kittel is at the vanguard of a whole new movement in fiddle music.”  Martin Hayes

A consummate musician whose style and repertoire sit somewhere between Nashville and Nairn” - Folk World

Please RSVP Sandy at: if you would like to reserve a seat or ask for further information.   

This concert is sold out as of April 16th. If you would like to be on a waiting list or in standing room, please email the address above.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Low Lily to perform on Saturday, March 7

On Saturday, March 7, vocal and string trio Low Lily (formerly known as Annalivia) will bring their inventive acoustic folk music sound to New York City. The show will feature instrumentals and warm three-part harmonies, highlighting both original and traditional material. Doors open at 7:30 PM, showtime is at 8 PM, tickets are $20. To reserve a seat, please email; and we will send the details along to you.

The members of Low Lily – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are masterful players and have long histories with multiple styles of music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This is Lissa's third appearance at a Jenkins House Concert in the past decade. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Annalivia are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others.

The band’s latest release The Same Way Down captures the band’s innate connection with American roots music. The album features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the band’s unique style and inspired arranging sensibilities. This album debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio worldwide, and the band #1 played artist in the Massachusetts RMR.

This concert is sold out as of 2/27/15

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman on February 7

This concert is sold out as of 1/29/15

We are pleased to welcome Dan Trueman back for his third Jenkins House Concert. This time he will introduce us to the music of world renowned Irish fiddler, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh who plays traditional and contemporary folk music on the Norwegian Hardanger d'Amore and other fiddles. His distinctive style can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flat-pitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare.

The two have recently released a duo album, Laghdú (2014).

"this music defies genre, it's just a beautiful, spacious and luscious soundscape. Everyone should hear this."
    --Martin Hayes

"possibly one of the most fulsome and beautiful recordings I have ever heard." 
    --Iarla Ó Lionáird

"austerely elegant, spare, and evocative, there's not a note out of place. Yet nothing is predictable: looping phrases suddenly unfurl to produce incredibly beautiful melodies, meeting together in unusual harmonies between the two fiddlers. 

--Donnacha Dennehy