|Tom has been charming the masses for the
last two decades on the streets of America and Europe since the early
1980's. Informally, people in a majority of the U.S. and in 11 foreign
countries have offered coins of appreciation for his music as he honed
his skills on tours through the South, the West and in Canada and
Tom continued to explore his musical tapestries in the 90's in clubs
and coffeehouses opening for Mike Cross, Robin and Linda Williams, Roy
Bookbinder, and John McCutcheon.
Influencing this Virginia native's music is his love for Southern
strings and instruments. Having visited many popular venues: The Point
(Bryn Mawr), Acoustic Brew House (State College), and the Minstrel
Coffee House (Morristown, NJ). Philly's WXPN has interviewed Tom as a
solo for his CD, "Streams of Consciousness,"both on
"Kid's Corner" and Gene Shay's Folk Show. The band has also
been interview recently on both shows.
|Jon has excited audiences at the Mann Music
Center of the Performing Arts opening for Trout Fishing in America,
enthused the listening audience of WXPN's "Kid's Corner",
and electrified the crowd at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
He has also performed in an East Coast tour with Theater Caravan, and
toured Spain as an accompanying guitarist with a flamenco group. This
Philly native picked up the guitar naturally and jokes that given his
musical background, it could as easily have been a sousaphone, had one
been handy. Back home, he's been busy as creator and producer of the
Lower Merion Summer Hummer Concert Series, among other projects,
lending to each the energy and talent that his "Crazy Zayde"
A versatile musician and singer / songwriter, Jon's quick fingers and
rich voice add extra dimension to the and harmony, rhythm and soul of
Jive Five Minus Two.
|Arty is a graduate of Julliard's School of
Music and has played the violin with professionals since he was a
child, winning competitions to perform as a soloist with the
Philadelphia Orchestra at age 9 and again at age 12.
His strings still "zing" with marvelous energy - just ask
the many notables he's played with, like Joni Mitchell, Vic Damone,
Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart, The Moody Blues, Roger
Daltrey, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, Plant and Page, Meatloaf, and The
Electric Light Orchestra.
Firmly in command of his mighty swingin' strings, Arty can coax a
multitude of sounds from his instrument, to the benefit of his many
followers. Having Hired out his talent on stages large and small, Arty
has found a home in Jive Five Minus Two, where he brings a repertoire
that ranges from classical to today's newest release. His virtuosity
and skill enhances the swinging sound of this standout trio.