Mule Bone

Mule Bone

Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues.

Together they have recorded a CD which spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 Albums in America. Along with playing live and TV appearances, they won blues artist of the year at radio stations from Seattle, Washington to Red Bank, New Jersey. Any given week, you may find them playing clubs in NYC or entertaining at private parties thrown by David Rockefeller, Bruce Wasserstein and list of other East Coast residents who are enthusiastic about bringing these boys in for a party by road, sea or air.

John Ragusa can play anything he can put his lips on
...wait a minute....did I say that out loud?

In Mulebone, John plays, conch shell, Jews harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle, and chimes in on the harmony vocals.

He is member of Beth Nielsen Chapman's group as well as his own John Ragusa outfit, and plays regularly in conjunction with Deepak Chopra'sspeaking engagements. Amongst dozens of studio credits are contemporary jazz greats Joe Taylor, Jeremy Wall and world music icon Tom Ze.

Hugh says, "One time we were in Lexington, Kentucky sitting at an outdoor cafe and John played me a bunch of melodies sliding a straw up and down in a cup of ice water"...you get the drift.

Hugh plays guitars, harmonica, boot board and sings, all with a mouth full of whiskey and a giant heart.

He has played his brand of blues in clubs and at festivals from Jakarta, Indonesia to North Cape, Norway; From Vienna, Austria to Ottawa, Ontarioand has been critically lauded by The New York Times, New York Press, The Village Voice, Pittsburgh Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Blues Revue Magazine...the list goes on.

He is also a noted recordist and producer who has worked on hundreds of records at his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio, Excello Recording including sessions with Taj Mahal, Debbie Harry, and Marah to name a couple.

Together in Mulebone, Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, 1 chord trance riffs a la Howlin Wolf the uptempo rags of Reverend Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, almost as if tracing the image, and at other moments, they re-examine the source, float above it, take a new look as one understanding their home from a distant land.

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

Christine Santelli

Christine Santelli

2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter "Step Away" on Grammy nominated album "Worthy" Bettye LaVette
2013 New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
2013 Ep of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine


2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Christine Santelli has been on the NYC music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 9 CD’s over her  career.  Her Songwriting has caught the attention of Soul R&B singer Bettye LaVette, who has recorded two of Santelli’s songs on her last two albums “Step Away” on 2015 release “Worthy” and “Old” 2013 release “More Thankful More Thoughtful.  Santelli’s most recent EP, “Limelight ‘69”was chosen 2013 EP of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine. “ The beauty of Limelight ’69 is that you don’t have to buy any of your faithful friend and narrator’s cockamamie ideas about its narrative arc but can rather enjoy the tunes here as unconnected short stories—literate, engaging, darkly humorous in spots, certainly unabashedly romantic by the time the curtain comes down—and appreciate a fine songwriter at the top of her game.” Deep Roots Magazine

"Dragonfly," Santelli’s 8th CD, continues to burnish her reputation as a critically respected artist with that much sought-after quality—street cred”....Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar alone give wings to her poetry.".
- “Dragonfly” was a direct result of a project she embarked on in the summer of 2010. Christine wrote and video taped 100 original songs in 100 consecutive days and shared them on Facebook and Youtube.  She chose 15 of these originals and recorded them for her first solo acoustic album.  These 15 weren’t the only songs chosen to be recorded that year. 
-Christine has performed  festivals and many live shows in throughout the globe including South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland (Montreaux Jazz fest among others) Russia, France, Spain and of course the US.  
-She just returned from a tour in Savannah GA, Mobile Al, New Orleans LA, and Jackson MS.  
-Deep Roots Magazine is hardly alone in their  praise of Christine. Rick Anderson, in the All Music Guide, wrote, "…A solid roots rock winner." of her 2009 Vizztone Release “Any Better Time”.  Diana Schwaeble of the Hudson Current, observed, "…(her) lush vocals, confident guitar licks and vibrant story telling are…richly hypnotic."

"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

Mule Bone

Mule Bone

Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues.

Together they have recorded a CD which spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 Albums in America. Along with playing live and TV appearances, they won blues artist of the year at radio stations from Seattle, Washington to Red Bank, New Jersey. Any given week, you may find them playing clubs in NYC or entertaining at private parties thrown by David Rockefeller, Bruce Wasserstein and list of other East Coast residents who are enthusiastic about bringing these boys in for a party by road, sea or air.

John Ragusa can play anything he can put his lips on
...wait a minute....did I say that out loud?

In Mulebone, John plays, conch shell, Jews harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle, and chimes in on the harmony vocals.

He is member of Beth Nielsen Chapman's group as well as his own John Ragusa outfit, and plays regularly in conjunction with Deepak Chopra'sspeaking engagements. Amongst dozens of studio credits are contemporary jazz greats Joe Taylor, Jeremy Wall and world music icon Tom Ze.

Hugh says, "One time we were in Lexington, Kentucky sitting at an outdoor cafe and John played me a bunch of melodies sliding a straw up and down in a cup of ice water"...you get the drift.

Hugh plays guitars, harmonica, boot board and sings, all with a mouth full of whiskey and a giant heart.

He has played his brand of blues in clubs and at festivals from Jakarta, Indonesia to North Cape, Norway; From Vienna, Austria to Ottawa, Ontarioand has been critically lauded by The New York Times, New York Press, The Village Voice, Pittsburgh Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Blues Revue Magazine...the list goes on.

He is also a noted recordist and producer who has worked on hundreds of records at his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio, Excello Recording including sessions with Taj Mahal, Debbie Harry, and Marah to name a couple.

Together in Mulebone, Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, 1 chord trance riffs a la Howlin Wolf the uptempo rags of Reverend Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, almost as if tracing the image, and at other moments, they re-examine the source, float above it, take a new look as one understanding their home from a distant land.

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

Eve Silber

Eve Silber

Eve Silber is a singer, songwriter and guitar-player born and based in New York City. A sultry voiced songsmith and accomplished guitarist, she is best known performing a repertoire of swinging jazz originals and standards regularly in New York City's oldest jazz joints.

Eve received much of her training in NYC's West Village under the tutelage of the great Dave Van Ronk. She became a regular on the songwriter scene, recording with Fast Folk (now archived in The Smithsonian), and performing at the The Bottom Line (emergeing as activist for its ill fated fight to stay open). Studying traditional ragtime and blues guitar with Van Ronk she appeared repeatedly as his opening act, and for one memorable summer she toured in California with Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Eventually, she ended up one of many in a long line of hosts for The Speakeasy's legendary hootenanny. Eve released an album of oringal songs ("In My Life and Times") derived and dedicated to her studies with Dave Van Ronk. Continuing her guitar training with virtuosos Frank Christian and Roni Ben Hur, Eve ultimately left the world of open mikes and folk festivals to take residence in NYC jazz venues performing with some of New York's most loved and hardest working horn players (including Michael Hashim, Steve Gluzband, J. Walter Hawkes and Geoff Burke). In 2005 she released "Wasn't There A Dream", an album of original and standard jazz tunes produced by drummer Willie Martinez.

While developing her craft as a musician Eve utilized an extensive theatre background and never abandoned a life-long love of theatre. She studied with Augusto Boal, the developer of The Theatre of The Oppressed, received a Master's Degree in Performing Arts Education at NYU (along with her B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University). In addition to performing regularly Eve works extensively conducting education based playwriting and performance workshops for public school students and teachers, NYC mental health clients, homeless and senior groups, and organizers and activists.

Eve continues to write songs, often on political themes. She engaged in the Occupy Wall Street protests (including as host for WBAI's Occupy Wall Street Radio) and composed songs for the movement such as "We're Rolling" (for #StrikeDebt), "Pipeline," and "Will My Son Be Next" (#BlackLivesMatter). "This Revolution Is Not Leaving" became a frequently sung anthem in the streets and led the march and concert for Occupy's first anniversary event. Her touted composition "What About Climate Change" is dedicated to the memory of Father Paul Mayer, and is featured on the compilation album "Buy This Fracking Album."

Eve extends her teaching and performing expertise to good causes, eager students, and appreciative audiences.

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

Christine Santelli

Christine Santelli

2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter "Step Away" on Grammy nominated album "Worthy" Bettye LaVette
2013 New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
2013 Ep of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine


2016 Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Christine Santelli has been on the NYC music scene for more than 2 decades. She has toured around the world and has released 9 CD’s over her  career.  Her Songwriting has caught the attention of Soul R&B singer Bettye LaVette, who has recorded two of Santelli’s songs on her last two albums “Step Away” on 2015 release “Worthy” and “Old” 2013 release “More Thankful More Thoughtful.  Santelli’s most recent EP, “Limelight ‘69”was chosen 2013 EP of the Year by Deep Roots Magazine. “ The beauty of Limelight ’69 is that you don’t have to buy any of your faithful friend and narrator’s cockamamie ideas about its narrative arc but can rather enjoy the tunes here as unconnected short stories—literate, engaging, darkly humorous in spots, certainly unabashedly romantic by the time the curtain comes down—and appreciate a fine songwriter at the top of her game.” Deep Roots Magazine

"Dragonfly," Santelli’s 8th CD, continues to burnish her reputation as a critically respected artist with that much sought-after quality—street cred”....Dave McGee veteran former Rolling Stone writer emeritus and distinguished author, "…Christine Santelli’s solo acoustic stunner Dragonfly is a complex, coming of age work…the matured singer-songwriter whose voice and acoustic guitar alone give wings to her poetry.".
- “Dragonfly” was a direct result of a project she embarked on in the summer of 2010. Christine wrote and video taped 100 original songs in 100 consecutive days and shared them on Facebook and Youtube.  She chose 15 of these originals and recorded them for her first solo acoustic album.  These 15 weren’t the only songs chosen to be recorded that year. 
-Christine has performed  festivals and many live shows in throughout the globe including South Africa, Norway, Germany, Switzerland (Montreaux Jazz fest among others) Russia, France, Spain and of course the US.  
-She just returned from a tour in Savannah GA, Mobile Al, New Orleans LA, and Jackson MS.  
-Deep Roots Magazine is hardly alone in their  praise of Christine. Rick Anderson, in the All Music Guide, wrote, "…A solid roots rock winner." of her 2009 Vizztone Release “Any Better Time”.  Diana Schwaeble of the Hudson Current, observed, "…(her) lush vocals, confident guitar licks and vibrant story telling are…richly hypnotic."

"When Christine Santelli sings you can see the pain, the joy, the passion, and the experience of all women in the world all at one time. Its' deep. It's soulful. And its meaningful. She has the wisdom of the ages in her voice and you can see it right there on her face. She's a revelation."-Willie Nile

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/


 

 

Mule Bone

Mule Bone

Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues.

Together they have recorded a CD which spent 15 weeks in the Top 100 Albums in America. Along with playing live and TV appearances, they won blues artist of the year at radio stations from Seattle, Washington to Red Bank, New Jersey. Any given week, you may find them playing clubs in NYC or entertaining at private parties thrown by David Rockefeller, Bruce Wasserstein and list of other East Coast residents who are enthusiastic about bringing these boys in for a party by road, sea or air.

John Ragusa can play anything he can put his lips on
...wait a minute....did I say that out loud?

In Mulebone, John plays, conch shell, Jews harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle, and chimes in on the harmony vocals.

He is member of Beth Nielsen Chapman's group as well as his own John Ragusa outfit, and plays regularly in conjunction with Deepak Chopra'sspeaking engagements. Amongst dozens of studio credits are contemporary jazz greats Joe Taylor, Jeremy Wall and world music icon Tom Ze.

Hugh says, "One time we were in Lexington, Kentucky sitting at an outdoor cafe and John played me a bunch of melodies sliding a straw up and down in a cup of ice water"...you get the drift.

Hugh plays guitars, harmonica, boot board and sings, all with a mouth full of whiskey and a giant heart.

He has played his brand of blues in clubs and at festivals from Jakarta, Indonesia to North Cape, Norway; From Vienna, Austria to Ottawa, Ontarioand has been critically lauded by The New York Times, New York Press, The Village Voice, Pittsburgh Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Blues Revue Magazine...the list goes on.

He is also a noted recordist and producer who has worked on hundreds of records at his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio, Excello Recording including sessions with Taj Mahal, Debbie Harry, and Marah to name a couple.

Together in Mulebone, Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, 1 chord trance riffs a la Howlin Wolf the uptempo rags of Reverend Gary Davis and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, almost as if tracing the image, and at other moments, they re-examine the source, float above it, take a new look as one understanding their home from a distant land.

EarRegulars

EarRegulars

The EarRegulars feature leader Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet and Matt Munisteri on guitar and feature guest artists every week. The play swinging, melodic classic jazz, i.e. everything from New Orleans style through the tin pan alley classics, the swing era, and mainstream jazz. 

They don't play half hour long solos, although it's not unusual for a song to last 10 minutes or more; they like to take our time and enjoy exploring ensemble improv', a conversational style. They approach traditional jazz in an open-minded, in-the-moment way.
This band often smiles and laughs (yes--even on stage!), and is not ashamed of this.

Jon played in Matt Munisteri's band called Brock Mumford at the Ear Inn for years, first Monday of the month, midnight to 3am. 

After the Cajun closed in 2006, Matt suggested to Victor at the Ear that Kellso could start a weekly traditional jazz gig there with him, during more normal, earlier hours, and Victor convinced the owner to give it a try. They wanted to help fill the gap in the traditional jazz scene in NYC that had opened up.

Sundays were a slow night, so they were given that slot, 8-11pm. They started in June of 2007 as a trio, but soon business picked up quite a bit, and they were upgraded to a quartet.

Jon and Matt decided from the beginning that they'd be the only regular EarRegulars, and that they'd have various guest artists each week on bass, and usually another horn, such as a clarinet, sax, or trombone. One will find the swingingest players in NYC playing with them, as well as the best from all over the world guesting when in town.

It didn't take long to catch on, and now they pack 'em in, so it's best to get here early to claim a good spot near the band.

The band has been blessed with some great press.

They were featured in a Will Friedwald article in the Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/fYum6c .

Nate Chinen included The EarRegulars in his February/March 2011 JazzTimes article about the 10 most memorable performances he saw in 2010: http://jazztimes.com/articles/26975-2010-the-year-in-gigs . 

Mr. Chinen also featured the EarRegulars in a New York Times article:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/arts/music/27kellso.html?ref=music

Michael Steinman has written numerous blogs about them and various fun nights at the Ear http://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/too-good-to-ignore-the-earregulars-at-the-ear-inn-march-25-2012/