Past Musicians of the Month

December 2015








January and February 2016

THEY ARE "THE DYNAMIC DUO"

                                                                                            JAMIE GILLILAND ON  KEYS & VOCALS AND PAULEY GIEMZA ON HARMONICAS. THEIR STYLES INCLUDE CLASSIC ROCK, STANDARDS, 

BLUES/JAZZ AND ORIGINALS. JAMIE AND PAULEY HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE PLAYED AT THE MOON AND RIVER FOR OVER 5 YEARS. THEY

 LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR NEW MUSICAL HOME AT ARTHUR'S MARKET.




JAMIE GILLILAND HAS BEEN SINGING AND PLAYING PIANO SINCE HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD. HE STUDIED VOICE UNDER VARIOUS TEACHERS WHILE HE WAS GROWING UP.

 HE ATTENDED BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN BOSTON WHERE HE STUDIED VOICE AND JAZZ ARRANGING. HE SAID THAT THEY WERE THE MOST CREATIVE YEARS 

OF HIS LIFE. JAMIE LOVES SINGING AND PUTTING HIS WHOLE HEART INTO ENTERTAINING THE PEOPLE. HE HAS PLAYED FOR MANY YEARS IN THE AREA...




                                                                                               PAULEY GIEMZA STARTED PLAYING THE HARMONICA WHEN HE WAS 9 YEARS OLD, LEARNING HIS FIRST SKILLS FROM HIS FATHER WHO ALSO PLAYED. PAULEY LOVES

                                                                                                ENTERTAINING THE PEOPLE. HE PLAYS IN ALL MUSICAL KEYS AND HAS OVER 15 HARMONICAS. HE IS A MULTI- INSTRUMENTALIST WHO IS WELL KNOWN IN THE AREA....


       




March 2016



 Jim Connelly

    Hi - I’m Jim Connelly - & I’ve been a musician since I was nine or so - took cornet lessons from Mr. Darius at PS 3 in Yonkers, NY - can’t say I was very diligent - my Mom told how I would get her to sight read the lessons & sing them to me, then I would copy by ear what she was singing - I did learn to read music eventually, but “not enough to hurt my playing” as Pete Seeger says - still get most of my musical information by ear

 

I started playing guitar & banjo in high school (& fiddle & mandolin, a little) - caught up in “the great folk scare” of the late 60s. Listened to all those Bob Dylan & Joan Baez songs, plus The Original & Great Carter Family & all the old string band music of The New Lost City Ramblers - liked Doc Watson a lot, but I also liked The Limeliters (Lou Gottlieb - what a genius), & Kweskin & Muldaur, etc. - heard Jimi Hendrix for the 1st time when I was in Viet Nam, invited to listen by black troops at their hootch - “Experienced”, indeed

 

Started playing bass in rock bands (Dylan goes electric!) - the Beatles & Rolling Stones early inspirations - saw The Who at SPAC, then played a show at The Embers (Baggy Knees with Jimmy Martino) on Rt. 9 right after, & played original music with West Front Street & Sidetrack (with Zeke & Young Bill & Sid) at The B & R Station in Bennington - a lot of Steppenwolf, Blue Oyster Cult, & Stones

 

Saw dawn breaking & the sunrise washing out the colors of the Joshua Light Show behind Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock - Janis, & Sly & The Family Stone, & CSN, & The Incredible String Band (nobody remembers they were there - Robin Williamson a great bard & mystic poet - saw him at the Van Dyke a little while ago - amazing)

 

Played bass with Phil Restifo - John Barbatti great on keyboards - at country club dances & weddings, backing Robin Taylor (former Miss Connecticut ) - & played many a wedding with Dave Kitchen & Fair Play - Dave & I backed up Denny Earl doing his “Tribute to Elvis” - turned into a pretty extravagant stage show, flash bombs & dry ice smoke, & Denny throwing his rhinestone cape into the audience to be ripped apart by his raving fans.

 

Played some country western with Trent Coleman (former guitar player with Hank Williams, he said) - Tom McCreesh of Fennig’s All Stars sat in one night - at the Ranch Bar every Sun. night

 

Steve Dupont (Zeke’s brother) organized a few big reunions of all us old rock geezers - 12 or 15 bands with players who had been in three or four of each of them - with Bobby Dick & The Sundowners, local guys who have made it as great pro. musicians - plus Boom Boom Brannigan, & Joe Condon - we will long remember David “Moose” Crabb, star drummer of those shows, & a “Happening” wherever he went.

 

Later started a mostly original-music band - “Corner Of The Sky” (didn’t know that was a song from “Pippen”) - doing science fiction folk music - so-called FILK - got mentioned by MTV in their program guide to the 1998 MTV Music Awards - not much market for our stuff, except the blues based material always got a good crowd reaction - Jim Robinson, Paul Cooke, & Greg Drake continued on, as the Big Johnson Blues Band, & Art Creager is teaching drums & vibes - here’s a song Paul Cooke & I wrote for that band - about heading out to the stars - https://soundcloud.com/jim-connelly/06-6-26-diaspora - opened for Ernie Williams once, with this song

 

And now I’m playing bass in the Kitchen Jazz band, with Dave Kitchen, Sylvie Briber, Richard Genest, & Norm Ainslie - & doing song writing & music recording in my studio (mostly birthday, Valentine’s, & anniversary songs for my wife, Lois, & meditation music) - so here’s a song I wrote, in collaboration with Dave Kitchen - https://soundcloud.com/jim-connelly/14-12-11-sea-birds - recorded at home







April and May 2016

EDITH SANKOWSKI 

                                            


It is with great pleasure that Arthur's Market names Edith Sankowski Musician of the Month For April 2016. 

Edith was the very first musician to come forth and offer to host an evening when we first took over the Market in December 2013. Since then she has hosted “Edith's Amazing Jam” every Thursday night where up to twenty players gather in a circle in our living room playing and singing classic American songs along with great conviviality and laughter. 

It truly an amazing jam. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Esperance, NY, music has been an important part of Ediths life, she has received a Masters Degree in music from The College of St rose and a Masters in elementary education from SUNY/Oneonta.

She taught music in five school districts around the region for thirty five years. Edith plays piano, bass, saxophone, guitar, accordion, and pipe organ. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and plays the organ in church.

Edith also hosted ballroom dancing and Karaoke at Arthur's Market. Edith continues to give music lessons, teaching a sister and brother, ages 7 & 4, weekly here and is available for more students. She can be contacted through Arthur's Market at 382-1938

We at Arthur's Market are extremely grateful to Edith Sankowski for bringing her talents, strong spirit, and sense of humor to us. Thank you Edith!




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