JINNY MARSH – Vocalist /Guitarist
The career of vocalist Jinny Marsh includes off-Broadway, summer stock, the New York Cabaret scene, commercials and entertaining aboard cruise ships. Known as a “lively, fun to watch singer‚ “ she has performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with Hot Kugel, Shir Delite, the Sy Greene Quintet and in folk festivals in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., Glen Echo,Reston Towne Center Israeli Street Festival and Prince Georges Jewish Festival, Maryland. Ms. Marsh has always loved Jewish music but it wasn’t until she began studying cantorial music that she realized the fun of singing traditional Yiddish theatre songs. She began performing with a klezmer group and eventually formed her own musical group called, Jinny Marsh’s Hot Kugel klezmer Band. Her group consists of the most talented and experienced musicians in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to performing she teaches Hebrew studies and is the cantor at Temple Beth Torah in Centreville, Virginia. Hot Kugel has 2 cd’s out: Grandma’s Recipes – A Klezmer Celebration which is a mixture of Klezmer and Yiddish Theatre and their second cd Klezmerika Eklectika – Nostalgic American and Klezmer Classics contains some Klez and awesome jazz. To listen to samples of both Hot Kugel cd’s click here. Jinny’s been nominated for a Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) award in the category World Music as a Vocalist for 2004. Jinny can also be heard on the new Chanukah cd, Hungry for Music — A Chanukah Feast.
SETH KIBEL – Clarinetist
Seth Kibel currently leads The Alexandria Kleztet, “alternative klezmer” band based in the Washington/Baltimore area. Their debut CD, Y2Klezmer, was recently named “Best World Music Recording” for the year 2000 by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). Seth began his professional klezmer career in 1993 with Cayuga Klezmer Revival, upstate New York’s premier klezmer band. Their one CD, Klezmology, is still being sold nationally. In 1996, Seth relocated to Alexandria, VA, and began performing with such local bands as The Daryl Davis Band and The Van Dangos. He has also performed with such notables as Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Johnnie Johnson, The Coasters, and Percy Sledge. In addition to his work with the Kleztet, he fronts the D.C. area swing combo, Air Mail Special. Seth can be heard on recent CD releases by guitarist Dave Kitchen, vocalist Esther Haynes, flamenco guitarist Gerard Moreno, and boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis. He has also taught music to private students and as a member of the faculty at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.. Seth joined Jinny’s group in the fall of 2000.
James Queen – Violinist/Fiddler
Jim Queen, has performed from Cairo to Kentucky, and from National Television to the back of a pickup truck. He began his violin studies at the age of nine, and was encouraged to diversify his musical interests to please his two grandfathers, one of whom was a Danish pipe organ tuner and the other a carpenter from the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. He has appeared on The Nashville Network and has performed for four presidents. His recordings include “All ‘Round Fiddle” and “Sing Maryland”, the latter being a collection of original songs about Maryland history and lore. He has won prizes for his fiddling and for his singing. He recently completed an eight week run as violinist/fiddler for the production Shenandoah at Ford’s Theatre.
SEYMOUR GREENE – Trombonist
Seymour Greene in the 30s and 40s was a part of the big bands, recording with including Jack Teagarden’s band and the Andrews Sisters. During World War II he traveled around the world with Irving Berlin performing in his‚”This is the Army” show. He has played at every Inaugural Ball since 1953. Mr. Greene has freelanced for 50 years in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. How did Mr.Greene become interested in klezmer music? When he was in high school his friend’s father was a genuine klezmer musician. When I went over to his house, he taught me how to improvise as a klezmer trombone player. Since there are usually no written parts for the trombone. It’s more like a Jewish Dixieland style where the trombone is playing the rhythm or tailgating and I love the music.” After that he went into the big bands. Seymour and Jinny have worked together professionally in various groups for years and Seymour has been with Jinny’s band from the very start.
ANDREW ZATMAN – Pianist
Andrew Zatman is a first rate musician. He has been seen at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium stage in Washington, D.C. and at folk festivals locallyand nationally with several different bands including klezmer. Mr.Zatman majored in music at UCLA. In addition to performing, he teaches piano and composes classical music, some of which has been performed at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. Recently Andy published 4 books of intermediate piano pieces, called Portraits in Style, which he composed with his wife, Marilyn. Andy has been with Jinny’s band from the beginning.
KENNETH KROHN – Drummer/Percussionist
Percussionist Kenneth Krohn currently the Instrumental Music Director at Robert Frost Middle School in Maryland, taught at the college level for over twenty years at Montgomery College, Washington, D.C.’s Catholic University of America, Howard University, the Ruben Academy at Tel Aviv University. His performing career includes playing under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Paul Paray, Sir George Solti, George Szell and Leonard Slatkin to name a few. He is the recipient of awards for Excellence in Education, the Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Teacher Award and during his tenure with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, numerous Grammy Awards.
SY ZUCKER – Bassist
Sy Zucker, an excellent Bassist, has a Bachelor’s degree in music from Catholic University and a Master’s degree in Music education from the University of Maryland. Sy has played professionally since the dawn of time: Broadway shows at the Kennedy Center, the National Theatre and at professional theaters in the Washington, DC area including the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Sy’s also been “on the road” performing with dance bands and playing in back-up bands for many “name” performers. He is an all around musician who has performed with klezmer, jazz, popular,and classical ensembles. He also plays the flute, saxophone, and clarinet andthe electric and upright bass and has taught music in the public schools for 30 years. Sy has been with Hot Kugel since the spring of 2001.