Andersen, Chris: Chris Andersen is the owner and chief engineer at Nevessa Studios near Woodstock. Andersen has served as the sound engineer for numerous projects since 1975. He has worked with legendary recording artists, including Woodstockers John Herald, John Sebastian, Amy Fradon, Happy Rhodes, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, Graham Parker, Big Sister, NRBQ, Orleans, Todd Rundgren and many more. http://www.nevessa.com
Andersen, Eric: Pittsburgh native Eric Andersen has maintained deep connections to Woodstock for decades. Among many Woodstock connections were his collaborations with Band legend Rick Danko. In fact, in the ’90s, Andersen produced two albums as a trio with Danko and Jonas Fjeld. Overall, Andersen’s career stretches out more than three decades. As a singer/songwriter he has recorded numerous albums and has toured extensively. Moreover, the self-taught guitarist has had his songs recorded by the likes of Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt and The Grateful Dead. He is considered a classic American songwriter. He lives mainly in New York City and in his home near Oslo, Norway. http://www.ericanderson.com
Ashton, John: British musician and record producer John Ashton is best known as the guitarist for The Psychedelic Furs, an alternative punk band formed in England in 1977. Their success in the U.S. came with their 1981 release “Talk Talk Talk,” which contained the hit song “Pretty in Pink,” later used in the 1986 film of the same name. Their third album, “Forever Now,” was produced by Todd Rundgren at Bearsville Studios. “Forever Now” was the Furs first U.K. Top 20 album and contained their biggest Top 40 U.S. hit to date, “Love My Way.” The Furs disband in the early ’90s, but rejoined in 2000 and released a live album, “Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live.” During his time off from the Furs, Ashton spent time producing and performing with Red Betty, Mercury Rev, Seven Color Sky and Woodstock-based Spiv. Ashton currently resides in Woodstock.
The B-52s: The B-52s formed in the mid-1970s and consisted of Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson and Keith Strickland. The group launched its debut album, “the B-52s,” in 1979. In 1980, “Wild Planet” reached the Top 20 album charts in the U.S. The follow-up album, “Party Mix!,” was released in 1981. Ricky Wilson’s death in October 1985 – which was first ruled as natural causes, then later declared caused by AIDS – shocked fellow members, in particular Rick’s younger sister Cindy. It wasn’t until several years later the band released “Cosmic Thing,” which contained the hits “Roam” and “Love Shack.” Wilson left the group in 1990, but returned on “Time Capsule” in 1998. The group, sans Wilson, performed the theme song to the film version of The Flintstones in 1994. The B-52s still spend time on the road touring and writing new music. Pierson and Schneider are longtime Woodstock residents. http://www.theb52s.com
Bad Brains: Formed in 1979 by Gary Miller, Bad Brains was a groundbreaking hardcore punk group. Miller – performing under the name Dr. Know – joined with Paul Hudson, Earl Hudson, and Darryl Jenifer. Bad Brains has produced nearly a dozen recordings, including their cassette-only “Bad Brains” and “Rock for Light,” produced by Ric Ocasek. After several breakups and personnel changes, the original band members reunited again in 1998, touring under the name Soul Brains. In the ’90s, and occasionally in recent years, some band members played gigs in local clubs as the Defiant Ones. http://www.badbrains.com
The Band: The Band was considered one of the most influential rock groups in the world from 1968 to 1975 — and one of the greatest in the history of rock music. And Band members are ingrained — deeply ingrained — in the Woodstock community and legacy. Ronnie Hawkins and Levon Helm, both from Arkansas, teamed to create Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks. They started recording in 1958 throughout the South and in Canada, and eventually signed on Scott Cushnie and Robbie Robertson. Robertson joined the band on bass, then later shifted to guitar. Later joining the Hawks were Rick Danko on bass, Richard Manuel on piano and back-up vocals and Garth Hudson on organ. Hawkins left the group in 1963, but The Hawks stayed together with Helm, renaming themselves Levon & the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The group was later introduced to Bob Dylan, a difficult collaboration that would forever change the dynamics of the group. The Hawks went from playing rock and roll to a gritty, electric-based folk sound. The group eventually toured with Dylan as his first electric backup band in 1966 without Helm. They later fell under the management of Albert Grossman, who convinced the members — minus Helm — to relocate to Woodstock with Dylan. That collaboration produced the “Basement Tapes.” Grossman landed them a contract with Capital Records and the group was officially renamed The Band. Helm returned to the group and they recorded “Music From Big Pink.” The Band’s second album, entitled “The Band,” was released in 1969 and the group’s popularity soared — the hit “Up on Cripple Creek” earned them a spot on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Band went on to record “Stage Fright,” “Cahoots,” “Rock of Ages,” “Moondog Matinee” and Bob Dylan’s “Planet Waves.” The Band later released their “best-of” album in 1976, before the group stopped touring. Their last album was “Islands.” Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Waltz was their farewell concert. Danko, Robertson and Helm went on to pursue solo careers, until The Band reunited in 1983 on a tour, sans Robertson. They went on to release “Jericho” in 1993 – without Manuel, who died in 1986 – and “High on the Hog” in 1996. In 1998, The Band celebrated their 30th anniversary by releasing “Jubilation.” Death of members Manuel and Danko, who died in his sleep on December 10, 1999 at his home in Woodstock, cut short any future endeavors. Helm and Hudson are longtime Woodstock-area residents and frequently perform in town. http://theband.hiof.no
Barron, Ronnie: New Orleans-born musician/actor Ronnie Barron is best known for his work as a session musician, playing keyboards and organ with several big-name artists, including Paul Butterfield’s Better Days band, longtime friend Dr. John, Howard Johnson, Sonny and Cher, Tom Waits and The Animals’ Eric Burdon. He also produced Dr. John’s “Gris Gris” album and appeared in several movies. Barron died March 20, 1997, from heart-related complications at the age of 53.
Bell, Richard: Hailing from Canada, keyboardist and former Woodstocker Richard Bell was a member of The Hawks in the late 1960s, which also included Levon Helm. He relocated to Woodstock in the early ’70s, working at Bearsville Studios as a session musician. He replaced Richard Manuel when The Band reformed in 1991, following Manuel’s death. And he’s worked with legends like Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian, Joe Walsh and many others. He appeared in Festival Express, a 2003 documentary about a ’70s train tour across Canada with The Grateful Dead, The Band and Joplin. Bell performed at Helm’s Midnight Ramble in January 2006 with The Honky Tonk Gurus. He passed away June 15, 2007, after a bout with cancer. Bell was 61.
Berger, Karl: German-born Karl Berger is a jazz composer, pianist and vibraphone player. Berger has worked with some of the biggest names in jazz: Horace Arnold, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Woodstockers Marilyn Crispell and Jack DeJohnette, Don Ellis, Bill Laswell and Leo Wright, just to name a few. In the early ’70s, he was named Best Jazz Vibraphone Player of the Year for Down Beat magazine 6 years in a row. Berger is the co-creator of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, founded in 1971. His studio was considered the front-runner for exploring and promoting non-traditional, creative music in the ’70s and early ’80s. The studio catered to well-known artists from all types of musical backgrounds before closing in the mid-’80s. http://www.karlberger.com or http://www.creativemusicstudio.org
Bernhardt, Warren: Longtime New Yorker and currently a Hudson Valley resident, Warren Bernhardt was born in Wausau, WI. Bernhardt studied music and classical piano at a young age — his father was a pianist and teacher. He joined and began touring with Paul Winter’s jazz sextet in the early 1960s. And he was co-leader of Steps Ahead, a jazz fusion band in the mid-’80s. Over the decades, Bernhardt has collaborated with many legendary artists, including George Benson, Jack DeJohnette, Richie Havens, Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon and many, many others. Bernhardt was the pianist with Steely Dan on their 1993 and 1994 tours in the U.S. and Japan and he toured with Simon and Garfunkel on their 2003-2004 “Old Friends” tour. Additionally, Bernhardt received several awards, conducted countless jazz workshops and recorded numerous instructional materials for Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. http://www.warrenbernhardt.com
Bitterman, Michael: Midnight Modulation owner and main engineer Michael Bitterman has written music for videos, films, TV, radio and Broadway musicals. Bitterman has worked with The Beatles’ manager Alan Klein and Albert Grossman, manager for The Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren and more. He has produced and/or engineered numerous albums, working with artists such as John Sebastian, NRBQ, Graham Parker and John Hall. http://www.midmod.com
Black, Marc: A decades-old player on Woodstock’s and the Hudson Valley’s prestigious music scene, Black is the composer, arranger and musician behind Black Market Music. His unique grasp of a number of different music styles has been put to use in creating commercial music and in a number of live incarnations that have graced Woodstock and Hudson Valley venues for decades. In recent years, he could be found leading the Funky Sex Gods, blending, as usual, a number of diverse styles — in this case funk, psychedelic and basic rock. www.marcblack.com
Bley, Carla: Carla Bley was born Carla Borg in Oakland, CA, the daughter of musician parents. She quickly became interested in jazz at 19 and moved to New York City. She married jazz pianist Paul Bley and began traveling with him and writing music for his band. Bley’s career finally took off in 1967 when her “A Genuine Tong Funeral” was recorded by Gary Burton’s quartet. Her works include the jazz opera “Escalator Over the Hill” and writing the music for the soundtrack to the 1985 movie Mortelle Randone. Bley has worked with many notable musicians, including Jack Bruce and Linda Ronstadt, and has performed at the Newport and Montreal jazz festivals and Carnegie Hall, among many others. She composes and records for her own label, Xtra Watt, while playing, recording and touring with her band, Very Big Carla Bley Band, and bassist Steve Swallow. She is a local. http://www.wattxtrawatt.com
Block, Rory: Blueswoman Aurora “Rory” Block was born in Princeton, NJ and raised in Manhattan. She is considered one of the top acoustic, old country blues performers. Block’s father owned a sandal shop in Greenwich Village, frequented by musicians like Bob Dylan and John Sebastian, so she quickly became interested in music. She began sitting in on Sunday afternoon jam sessions in Washington Square Park and, at age 12, she worked with her father on the Elektra String Band. Block began traveling with Skip James and mentor John Hurt and developed her slide technique, using a socket wrench. She released her first record, “I’m in Love,” in 1975. She has received several NAIRD and Handy awards, and was inducted into the CAMA Hall of Fame in 1997. Block has worked with numerous artists, including The Band, Jorma Kaukonen, Bonnie Raitt, Mike DeMicco and many others. Several of her instructional videos and tapes can be found at Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. http://www.roryblock.com
Blues Magoos: With roots in 1960s’ Bronx, NY, the Blues Magoos have lasting connections to Woodstock, too. In its day, the Magoos were an essential player on Greenwich Village’s emerging rock scene. Though criticized by some at the time for stage antics that too literally played off the psychedelic themes of the era, to this day the band’s influence is considered far reaching. Original band members included Emil “Peppy” Thielhelm on vocals and guitar; Ralph Scala on vocals and organ; Michael Esposito on guitar; Ronnie Gilbert on bass; and Geoff Daking on drums. The band’s relatively short reign ended in 1972. But the 1966 single, “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet,” and the debut album, “Psychedelic Lollipop,” are still remembered today. And Michael Esposito is very visible in town, where he frequently plays in various bands, including Marc Black’s Funky Sex Gods, and operates his bicycle shop. Scala also moved to the region and lives with his wife/musician Beki Brindle. http://www.thebluesmagoos.com
Breed, Stuart: Stuart Breed was born in Stepney, England and has been Art Garfunkel’s sound engineer since 1984. Breed first worked with Garfunkel on “The Animals’ Christmas.” It is performed by Garfunkel and Amy Grant, along with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Kings College School Choir. Breed learned his craft from two giants in the engineering business: Roy Halee from Simon and Garfunkel and Geoff Emerick from The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album. Additionally, Breed has worked with Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Art of Noise and Yes. Breed is a current resident of Woodstock.
Brindle, Beki: Indianapolis native Beki Brindle, who lives in the Hudson Valley region with her husband, Ralph Scala (Blues Magoos), first landed her hands on a guitar when she was 4 years old. Through her early years, she won music competitions and began writing music. In the early ’80s, she visited Woodstock and began playing with folk mainstay Tom Pacheco, Eric Anderson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and John Sebastian. When she joined Pacheco and his band in moving to Dublin, Ireland, Brindle enjoyed considerable recognition. Her success on the national TV show, “Nighthawks,” made her even more notable in Ireland. So much so, in fact, that U2’s Bono asked her to conduct a blues workshop at a school that was the focus of a show called “Jo Maxi.” The show was another success in Ireland for Brindle. She eventually returned to New York in the late 1990s. Brindle has worked also with Woodstock-area musicians Little Sammy Davis, Blues Magoos’ Michael Esposito and Chris Zaloom. www.bekibrindle.com
Brubeck, Dan: Drummer/percussionist Dan Brubeck is the fourth son of the legendary Dave Brubeck, a household name in the jazz world. Brubeck formed The Dolphins in 1987, along with guitarist Mike DeMicco, bassist Scott Petito (later replaced by Rob Leon) and keyboardist Vinnie Martucci. The Dolphins, a Woodstock-based band, released three albums: “Malayan Breeze,” “Old World New World” and “Digital Dolphins.” Brubeck was co-leader of The Brubeck Laverne Trio that included brother Chris Brubeck and pianist Andy Laverne, and he was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. With Chris, he formed Brubeck Brothers Quartet, along with DeMicco on guitar and Pete Levin on piano and organ. Brubeck has recorded/toured with fellow Woodstockers The Band, Paul Butterfield, Warren Bernhardt and others. He left the Woodstock area years ago for the West Coast. http://www.brubeckmusic.com/dan.html
Burgh, Steve: Producer, engineer, songwriter Steve Burgh played and/or collaborated with great legends, such as David Bromberg, Billy Joel, Richie Havens, The Ramones and many others. He was the guitarist on Joel’s album “The Stranger,” which won a Grammy award for the song “Just the Way You Are.” Burgh played locally in the Kurt Henry Band, with fellow members Henry, Alan Groth, Eric Parker and Cheryl Lambert. Burgh died of a heart attack Feb. 7, 2005, at the age of 54. At the time of his death, Burgh was owner of Club 33 and was the owner/engineer of Studio 33 in Kingston.
Burke, Gary: Drummer and Woodstock-area resident Gary Burke is well known in the region and among music fans across the nation, if not the globe. His career has found him performing and/or recording with Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson and Graham Parker, among many others. He’s frequently a player in town and the Hudson Valley, too, playing primarily with The Crowmatix. Also on Burke’s resume is a stint as a percussionist with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra for several years in the 1980s.
Butterfield, Paul: Blues master Paul Butterfield, born in Chicago and credited with dragging the blues harp over the rock/blues line, lived and worked in Woodstock in the early 1970s. From his early days playing with Michael Bloomfield to backing Bob Dylan, Butterfield is another in a long line of enduring Woodstock legends. He performed at the ’69 festival and worked with Muddy Waters, Little Walter Jacobs and a host of other blues/rock greats. Various health problems hit him hard in his later years, and he died in 1987 in Los Angeles of a drug overdose. To this day, Butterfield stories are plentiful in town and his musical influence has remained powerful.
Campbell, Larry: Multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell was born and raised in New York City. He is best known for his stint as a member of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band from 1997 to 2004. Campbell has played in numerous bands, including Cottonmouth, The Dixie Doughboys and The John Herald Band. Additionally, he’s worked with such legendary artists as Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Levon Helm, David Johansen, B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper and Willie Nelson, among many others. He’s a frequent guest artist at Helm’s Midnight Rambles, held at Helm’s private studio in Woodstock. The Rambles are one of the hottest tickets in town, quickly selling out and drawing people from all over the world. And he’s played for the Woodstock Mountain Revue, along with Greenbriar Boys’ Herald, banjoist Bill Keith, John Sebastian, brothers Artie and Happy Traum and others. Campbell’s considered one of the best stringed musicians around. http://members.cox.net/larrycampbell2000
Cash, Johnny: Arkansas-born J. R. Cash was known by his signature introduction: “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” The country music singer/songwriter is considered one of the most influential — and most recognizable — musicians in history. His classic all-black attire is unmistakable, hence his trademark nickname “The Man in Black.” And his voice is unforgettable — “Walk The Line,” “Ring of Fire” and “A Boy Named Sue” are timeless hits. Over the years, Cash has worked with numerous artists in all music genres: U2, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, wife June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan, just to name a few. Cash and Dylan became close friends while living in Woodstock in the late ’60s, and eventually sang a duet on Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” album. Cash was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980. He logged a nearly 50-year career before passing away in 2003 at the age of 71. http://www.johnnycash.com
Cashdollar, Cindy: Grammy-award winning, multi-instrumentalist Cindy Cashdollar grew up on a Woodstock dairy farm, influenced by the area’s musicians. She is considered one of the best steel and Dobro players in the country. She can be found on Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind,” a Grammy-winning Album of the Year for 1997, and she was named Instrumentalist of the Year for 2003 by the Academy of Western Artists Awards. She spent 8 years with Asleep at the Wheel and has worked and/or toured with former Band members Levon Helm and the late Rick Danko, Graham Parker, The Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson, as well as others. Her debut solo CD, “Slide Show,” was released in 2004. The final track, “Locust Grove,” is a tribute to her family’s farm in Woodstock. Additionally, Cashdollar has released several instructional videos for Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. http://cindycashdollar.com
Charles, Bobby: Robert Charles Guidry — aka Bobby Charles — hails from Louisiana and is recognized as one of Louisiana’s most successful songwriters. He co-wrote songs for Bill Hailey and the Comets, Fats Domino and Band member Rick Danko. He is also an accomplished musician. He appeared with The Band in their final concert, The Last Waltz, on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. And he has collaborated and/or toured with some of the best over the years: The Platters, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Jim Colegrove, Clarence “Frogman” Henry and more. Charles moved to Woodstock in 1972 and was signed to Bearsville Records by Albert Grossman, legendary manager for The Band, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul & Mary, Todd Rundgren and more. He recorded three singles in the early ’70s on Bearsville. Charles was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Ciarlante, Randy: Drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante, longtime resident of the region, has been playing professionally since the mid-1960s. He was recruited into The Band in 1990, singing Richard Manuel’s parts and doubling with Levon Helm on drums. He can be heard on three of The Band’s albums. Ciarlante’s talents range from blues to R&B to jazz to Latin. He’s collaborated and/or toured with numerous artists, including Eric Anderson and Taj Mahal. He’s played and composed with Jim Weider for years and lends his vocals, drumming and writing talents to The Jim Weider Band.
Cobb, Jimmy: Self-taught legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb is most notably known for his work with Miles Davis. In addition to his career with Davis, Cobb also played with numerous legends, including Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey and Dizzy Gillespie, before joining Davis. Throughout the 1970s, Cobb worked with female jazz great Sarah Vaughan and with the Joe Albany Trio in the 1980s. Over the years, Cobb has performed for numerous dignitaries, including President Carter and the Shah of Iran. Currently, he tours with his band, Cobb’s Mob, and splits his free time between New York City and Woodstock. He is the last surviving player from Davis’ classic recording “Kind of Blue. http://www.jimmycobb.com
Colegrove, Jim: Ohio native Jim Colegrove was a co-founder of the ’60s rock ‘n’ roll band Teddy & the Rough Riders. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he lived in Woodstock NY and played on a number of recording sessions with such artists as Bobby Charles, Todd Rundgren, Nick Graventies, Bob Neuwirth, Eric Von Schmidt, and Borderline. He also worked sessions with Paul Butterfield and members of The Band. Performing in the pioneering country-rock band Great Speckled Bird which was part of the legendary Festival Express train tour across Canada in 1970. Jim has well over 50 years of experience in the music business. http://www.coolgroove.com
Coryell, Larry: Texas-born Larry Coryell is often considered one of the greatest guitar masters, a “pioneer” in the jazz-rock arena. Anxious to pursue a musical career, Coryell moved to New York City in 1965 after dropping his journalism studies at the University of Washington. He played in several bands before getting his big break with the Gary Burton Quartet in 1967.From there, he went on to collaborate with some of the best in the business: Jack Bruce, Chick Corea, 5th Dimension, Chico Hamilton, Brian Keane, Herbie Mann and Chuck Mingus, among others. Coryell formed fusion band Eleventh House in the early 70s, before disbanding and signing a solo contract with Arista Records. Coryell is a published author, as well: his autobiography, “Improvising: My Life in Music,” was released in 2007, and he’s written several music instruction manuals. In addition to his touring schedule, Coryell holds guitar seminars in his home state of Florida and is a designer/spokesperson for his own line of guitars. http://www.larrycoryell.net/news.php or http://www.myspace.com/larrycoryell
Coryell, Murali: Singer and guitarist Murali Coryell is a young, crafty guitarist who frequently plays Hudson Valley clubs and venues. He glides seamlessly between funk, blues, R&B and rock, and on his CD “Eyes Wide Open,” showed his polished skills at crafting textured tunes. He is the son of guitar great Larry Coryell and even toured with dad and Duke Robillard, among others. A Hudson Valley resident, Coryell is trained in music theory and tours frequently. www.muralicoryell.com
Crenshaw, Marshall: Singer/songwriter (and, at least, occasional Woodstock resident) Marshall Crenshaw was born in Detroit and has dabbled in just about everything: he created a collection of his own work, he’s been in several movies and, after answering an ad in Rolling Stone, he landed a role in Beatlemania as a John Lennon understudy. Crenshaw’s resume includes over a dozen albums. Other credits include composing and performing the original music for a PBS documentary and writing the theme song for several TV shows, including Sex and the City. And his songs have appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, such as “Rock On” from Superman 3, “You Belong To Me,” from Peggy Sue Got Married and “Crying, Waiting, Hoping,” from La Bamba, just to name a few. Crenshaw also appeared in Peggy Sue Got Married, playing a high school bandleader and as Buddy Holly in La Bamba. It wasn’t until his debut single, “Something’s Gonna Happen,” that he landed a contract with a major record label – he signed with Warner Brothers in 1982 and recorded five albums, including “Marshall Crenshaw.” http://www.marshallcrenshaw.com
Crispell, Marilyn: Classical/jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell hails from Philadelphia, PA, but has been a Woodstock-area resident since 1977. She relocated to Woodstock in order to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio, a premier music studio founded in 1971 by Karl Berger. She was a member of several prestigious groups, including the Anthony Braxton Quartet, Reggie Workman Ensemble, the Henry Grimes Trio and her own group, the Marilyn Crispell Quartet, just to mention a few. Crispell’s collaborated with many well-known artists over the years, such as Barry, Guy, Anthony Davie and Eddie Prevost. Her resume also includes several teaching grants and fellowships and her stint as artist director of the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. Her complete discography — which is extensive — can be found at: http://www.marilyncrispell.com
Danko, Rick: December 10, 1999 was an empty day in Woodstock. And it has been a bit emptier ever since. On that day, the world lost a legend, and Woodstock lost one of its own – Canadian Rick Danko, legendary bass player and singer for The Band, died just a few days shy of his 57th birthday. A simple Google search will produce miles of background on the singer/songwriter, but Woodstockers know him best as a visionary and neighbor, a critical player on the rock world’s landscape and a humble, accessible community man. The rock books will recall how when he moved to Woodstock, he rented a big pink house in nearby West Saugerties and began recording with Bob Dylan and a bunch of spin-offs from Ronnie Hawkins’ band who would eventually become The Band. The seminal “Music From Big Pink” landed The Band on the map. And the group never left. The sessions also later surfaced in 1975’s “Basement Tapes.” But for Woodstockers, through good and challenging times, Danko was a friend and an ingrained part of Woodstock community life and culture. He would play clubs frequently. Cast his smile in casual settings all around town. And remained until the last days someone who was always willing to “help the neighborhood” – the Woodstock community and the global community. Woodstock never has and never will stop missing him.
David, Kal: Chicago-born blues musician Kal David is best known as a member of The Fabulous Rhinestones.The R&B band formed in San Francisco in 1971, but eventually relocated to Woodstock.They played with fellow Woodstockers Paul Butterfield and members of The Band and signed on with Woodstock festival creator Michael Lang’s recording label.They released three records before disbanding in 1976.David’s first band, called Kal David and The Exceptions, included Peter Cetera, who went on to become an original member of the rock band Chicago. David has fronted several bands over the years and performed with numerous artists, including Etta James, John Mayall, Johnny Rivers and Paul Cotton, lead guitarist for Poco.Additionally, he co-owned the Blue Guitar club in Palm Springs, California, in the late ’90s and hosted a weekly 2-hour blues radio show.http://www.kaldavid.com
DeJohnette, Jack: Few would argue that Jack DeJohnette ranks among the jazz world’s greatest drummers. The longtime Woodstocker often graces local stages. His extensive resume includes work with Miles Davis’ group and, in particular, on the legendary “Bitches Brew” recording. DeJohnette worked with numerous notable musicians in the ’70s and ’80s, including jazz legend Pat Metheny and veteran trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. In addition to his time with bands Special Edition and Directions, DeJohnette also worked with Sun Ra, Thelonius Monk, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, Chick Correa and John McLaughlin, among many others. Born in Chicago, DeJohnette has a worldwide reputation for precision and brilliance he’s brought to his craft. http://www.jackdejohnette.com
DeMicco, Mike: Guitarist Mike DeMicco grew up in Woodstock, totally immersed in the overwhelming music scene. He cut his first demo tape at 18 and, after having it heard by blues legend Paul Butterfield and Ron Merians (the then-owner of The Joyous Lake,) DeMicco and his band were hired to work at The Lake. In 1987, DeMicco became a member of The Dolphins, a 4-member band formed in Woodstock by Dan Brubeck, son of the legendary Dave Brubeck, and included bassist Scott Petito (later replaced by Rob Leon) and keyboardist Vinnie Martucci. He has toured extensively since 1980, performing with numerous artists like The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Warren Bernhardt, Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, plus many more. He’s appeared on NPR and PBS specials and graced the stage at prominent venues, including The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and B.B. King’s. Best known as a “sideman,” DeMicco also has a solo recording to his credit: “As The Sun Sets” was released in 2002. He’s also appeared on several instructional videos from Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. http://www.mikedemicco.com
Dinger, Greg: Greg Dinger is a classically trained guitarist. A longtime Woodstock-area resident, Dinger has performed in the area for many years — for years he played at Joshua’s Restaurant in downtown Woodstock. He’s played with the Arabesque Trio, the Cantilena Duo, the Ars Choralis choral group and the Time Pieces folk/pop group. In addition to performing, Dinger teaches classical guitar styles. Dinger hosted Woodstock’s WDST radio’s classical musical show Sunrise Concert and served on the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.
The Dolphins: The Dolphins were formed in Woodstock in 1987 by Dan Brubeck, son of jazz great Dave Brubeck. Drummer/percussionist Brubeck, guitarist Mike DeMicco, bassist Scott Petito (later replaced by Rob Leon) and keyboardist Vinnie Martucci created a mix of “old world” jazz with “new world electric.” Their electrifying performances and live digital recordings earned high accolades in the jazz arena. The group released three albums: “Malayan Breeze,” “Old World New World” and “Digital Dolphins.”
Dorsey, Gail Ann: Bassist/vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey’s most notable accomplishment has been as a member of David Bowie’s band since 1995, starting with Bowie’s Outside Tour with Nine Inch Nails. Dorsey’s career began as a teenager in West Philadelphia, near the Tower Theater where, ironically, Bowie recorded in 1974. She started at an early age playing numerous instruments and writing her own compositions, films and screenplays. An art school scholarship landed her in California for a brief time. In search of a music career, Dorsey relocated to New York in the late ’70s and eventually to London. After nearly 12 years in England, Dorsey relocated to Woodstock in 1994. In addition to her stint with Bowie, Dorsey has had success as a solo artist, releasing several recordings. She’s also worked with other notable artists, such as Tears for Fears, The Indigo Girls, Sophie B. Hawkins, The B-52s, the late Michael Hutchence from INXS and others. Dorsey performs in prominent New York City clubs and locally with fellow Woodstock resident Kate Pierson of The B-52s. http://www.gailanndorsey.com
Dupree, Robbie: Born Robert Dupuis, Robbie Dupree is best known for his Top Ten hit single “Steal Away” from his debut album in 1980. He began performing his original songs in Brooklyn and around Greenwich Village before moving to Woodstock in 1973. Once settled in Woodstock, Dupree started collaborating with local musicians and, during that time, he formed several bands. He relocated to Los Angeles in the late ’70s to further his solo career. After releasing “Robbie Dupree” in 1980, he was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. In 1981, he released “Street Corner Heroes,” then stopped recording for a while. Dupree reappeared in 1989 with “Carried Away” and “Walking on Water” in 1993. He collaborated with fellow Woodstocker and keyboardist David Sancious on “Smoke and Mirrors” in 1995 and with Artie Traum on several records. His work has been featured in television shows and major films, among others. Dupree’s entire discography came be found on his Web site at: http://www.robbiedupree.com
Dylan, Bob: Few names are as synonymous with the Woodstock legacy as Bob Dylan. Visitors to town usually are greeted with “Dylan slept here” or “Dylan wrote ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ there” stories. Some are true. Many are distorted truths. Others are outright myth. But Dylan did live and work here, and the friends he left behind reflect on his legacy in countless books, articles, documentaries, etc. From the surviving Band members to photographer Elliot Landy to the Traum brothers, Dylan links are everywhere to this day. He first visited the artists’ community in 1963, long before the ’69 festival put Woodstock on the worldwide pop culture map. He spent the summer of 1964 in Woodstock with Joan Baez. It was during these years, and after eventually departing from Woodstock in 1971, that Dylan’s creativity soared. It was also during this time that some key events took place making headlines on any credible Dylan timeline. For example, in the summer of 1966, after “Blonde on Blonde” was released, he suffered a serious motorcycle accident and undertook a long recuperation period at his Woodstock home. In 1967, he recorded with The Band at “Big Pink” in nearby West Saugerties. The sessions were later officially released as “The Basement Tapes” in 1975. With the 2004 release of his biography and renewed media exposure, much of Dylan legacy is being rewritten by the man himself. http://www.bobdylan.com
Eppard, Jim: A genre-crossing roots musician, Jim Eppard began performing in the ’70s with country and country rock bands, most notably Red Wing & Durango. He branched out to R&B and blues with Moxie and The Crows. While with the Crows, he backed Levon Helm for several live shows, forming an association that led to a touring spot with The Band (substituting for Rick Danko) and several recordings by Garth Hudson, Helm and the Crowmatix, Rick Danko and The Band’s final release: “Jubilation.” Eppard has performed and recorded with members of Hot Tuna, Govt. Mule, P- Funk, Orleans, Cyndi Lauper, Ian Anderson, Chrysalis, Billy Reed, Harvey Brooks, Jewel, Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers, Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies and Three Days Grace. A longtime Woodstock-area resident, Eppard performs locally with The Retro Rockets, a band with bassist Charlie Kniceley, keyboardist Pete Levin and drummer Paul Verdon. Eppard has two musician sons – Joey, who fronts the band Three, and Joshua, the drummer with Coheed & Cambria. http://www.thefamily3.com
Fagen, Donald: Best known for his generation-defining work with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen actually has a deep history in the Hudson Valley. A Passaic, NJ, native, Fagen was exposed to music by his mother, who was a singer working in the Catskills and performing the songs of Gershwin, Porter and others. Family members introduced him to R&B and jazz, and he spent his youth absorbing the likes of Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington. Fagen entered Bard College in Annandale-on-the-Hudson, studying English literature and music, in 1965. The reclusive Liberal Arts college across from the Hudson River from Woodstock inspired several later Steely Dan songs, including “Barrytown.” In the early ’70s, Steely Dan was formed with Walter Becker. The pair went on to blend R&B, jazz and rock in a unique alchemy that is as relevant today as it was in ’70s. Fagen is an occasional resident in town. www.donaldfagen.com
Flynn, Matt:Drummer Matt Flynn was born in Woodstock and is best known for his work with American rock band Maroon 5.He joined the band in 2006, a year after they won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.His first appearance was on their 2007 CD, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.” Before joining Maroon 5, Flynn served as drummer for iconic “new wave” rock band The B-52s and singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
Fradon, Amy: Amy Fradon resides in West Shokan, north of Woodstock. In the early 1980s, Fradon teamed with Leslie Ritter to form Amy & Leslie, and their soulful vocals can be heard on recordings by Rick Danko, John Sebastian, Orleans and the Fabulous Rhinestones, as well as others. During the 9 years performing as a duo, Fradon and Ritter collaborated on six albums. Fradon initially studied choreography at New York University, pursuing her interest in modern dance. In the mid-1970s, Fradon moved to the Woodstock area and performed with music notables Gary Bonner from the Turtles, Cane Roberts from the Alice Cooper Band, and Robbie Dupree. Fradon’s solo debut album, “Bootleg,” was released in 1996. http://amyfradon.com/html/cgi-bin/display.pl
Frank, Jackson: Composer and singer Jackson C. Frank’s musical journey began early. After being severely burned in a school fire at age 11, Frank recovered and began studying the guitar. He traveled to England, where he shared a London flat with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in the mid-1960s. Frank eventually returned to the U.S. and based himself in Woodstock in 1969 in order to continue writing songs and performing. However, he was homeless by the mid-1970s, living on the streets and in hospitals due to mental illness and arthritis, and a shooting accident left him legally blind in his left eye. Frank died on March 3, 1999 at the age of 55.
Frazza, Robert: Robert Frazza was born in Ridgewood, NJ, and listened to a wide range of music growing up: classical, jazz, rock, blues and country. Frazza played in a few bands during the ’70s and ’80s before engineering records at a number of different studios. He started working at The Toy Specialists in New York City, a sound equipment supply company. Frazza relocated to Woodstock in 1988 and began working at Bearsville Studios as a technical engineer and eventually at Bearsville Theatre, where he mixed for live music acts. He went on to work independently mixing, engineering and producing for numerous artists. He also runs his own recording studio that features tape, digital and MIDI sequencing equipment. His impressive client list includes Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin, Orleans, David Sancious, Levon Helm, Pat Metheny, Peter Gabriel, just to name a few. http://www.robertfrazza.com
Gadd, Steve: Drummer Steve Gadd lived in Woodstock for many years before returning to Rochester, NY, where he grew up. Gadd studied music at Eastman College in Rochester and then spent three years in the US Army, where he played in a military band. In the early ’70s, Gadd played in a trio with Woodstocker Tony Levin and Mike Holmes. When he arrived in New York City, Gadd quickly became a hot studio prospect. Over the years he’s recorded and toured with the likes of George Benson, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Phoebe Snow, Carly Simon, Bob James, James Taylor, Eric Clapton and numerous others. Gadd also performed with Chick Corea’s debut “Return to Forever.” Gadd received Zildjian’s American Drummers Achievement Award in 2003 for his contributions over the last 30 years. http://www.drstevegadd.com
Garrett, Amos: Born in Michigan and raised in Canada, guitarist Amos Garrett is best known for his guitar solo on “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur’s hit song of 1974. He can be found on Todd Rundgren’s “Something/Anything” and is featured on Anne Murray’s “Snowbird.” Over the years, Garrett has worked with other legendary artists, like Paul Butterfield and his Better Days band, Emmylou Harris, John Sebastian, Geoff Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. He’s been known to front his own band, the Eh? Team, in Alberta, Canada, where he currently resides. Several of his instructional videos and tapes can be found at Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. http://www.melmusic.com/amos_garrett
Goldsmith, Lynn: Award-winning photographer Lynn Goldsmith has covered a variety of subjects over the years and her work can be found in issues of Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Time, People, and many, many more. In addition to her photography, Goldsmith is an accomplished author, director and recording artist. She contributed to the “Day in the Life” book series and has published her own photographic books, covering subjects like Bruce Springsteen. She was the director of ABC’s “In Concert” and the music documentary “We’re An American Band.”Goldsmith eventually pursued a recording career, using the pseudo name Will Powers, and has written songs with Todd Rundgren, Nile Rogers, Sting and Steve Winwood. She has long had connections to Woodstock. http://www.lynngoldsmith.com
Gorn, Steve: Bansuri virtuoso Steve Gorn performs Indian classical music and new American music on the bamboo flute. Gorn has several solo albums to his credit and has collaborated with numerous artists in the jazz world, such as Badal Roy, Graham Parker, Laura Simms and Jack DeJohnette. He also has recorded with musicians in other music genres: Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Deepak Chopra and Julie Taymor, for instance. Gorn has written scores for videos, films, theater and television, including specials airing on ABC and PBS. http://www.stevegorn.com
Grebb, Marty: Chicago-born Marty Grebb was once of member of The Buckinghams, an American band popular in the late ’60s and best known for their hit song, “Kind of a Drag.” Grebb was also a member of The Exceptions, a band he formed with his high school friend, Peter Cetera — who would later earn his fame with legendary band Chicago. After moving to Woodstock in the early ’70s, Grebb began collaborating with Band members Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Richard Manuel. He also worked with fellow Woodstockers Paul Butterfield and Jack DeJohnette. Over the years, Grebb has worked with many legendary artists, including: Roseanne Cash, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and the list goes on. Additionally, Grebb spent time producing and writing — he co-produced The Fabulous Rhinestones’ first album and Aaron Neville’s “Devotion.”And three of his songs can be found on the 1997 film “Fire Down Below” soundtrack, in which Helm played a small role. Grebb left Woodstock in 1974 to move to Los Angeles. http://www.martygrebb.com
Grenadier, Larry: Jazz bassist Larry Grenadier grew up in the San Francisco area and has played with numerous artists, including Gary Burton, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny, Leon Parker, Joshua Redman and others. In recent years, Grenadier performed with his band FLY, featuring his longtime friend Jeff Ballard on drums and Mark Turner on saxophone.http://www.flytrio.com/home.htm
Grennan, Winston: Drummer Winston Grennan was born in the Virgin Islands and is known for his credit to the “one-drop” sound in reggae music. Grennan started a brief career as a welterweight boxer, but immigrated to the U.S. in 1973 to begin a career as a session drummer in New York. He performed and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Garland Jeffreys and with his own band, Winston Grennan Ska-Rock Band. Grennan moved from Woodstock to Baltimore, MD, in 1992 and later died of lung and bone cancer at the age of 60. http://www.winstongrennan.com
Gress, Jesse: Jesse Gress spent his first 20 years of his career touring in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. Gress became a touring guitarist for Todd Rundgren in 1991 and co-arranged and played on Rundgren’s “With a Twist.” In addition to his recording career, Gress is an accomplished writer and editor. He produced content for Guitar World, Guitar World Acoustic and GuitarPort, was the music editor for Guitar Player magazine, and has written several books. Gress performed along side Rundgren on the artist’s Liars tour in 2004 and currently performs with The Tony Levin Band, The Jim Weider Band II and Uncle Funk. http://www.jessegress.com
Grossman, Albert: Legendary music manager and recording executive Albert B. Grossman, born in Chicago, is best known for managing Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. He also managed other legendary greats, such as The Band, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary and more. Grossman’s known for being one of the most influential managers in the business, driving some of the most famous recording artists to Woodstock. He opened Chicago’s Gate of Horn, a club featuring live, new folk music in 1956. Grossman eventually relocated to New York City, where he co-directed the first Newport Folk Festival. He ultimately moved to Bearsville, NY, and personally financed and established Bearsville Studio and the Bearsville record label. Grossman died in 1986 and is buried in the Bearsville Complex. Grossman’s widow, Sally has been a Woodstock/Bearsville fixture since her husband’s death. In 2004, the reclusive Sally began selling some longtime Grossman holdings, including the Bearsville restaurant and theater complex and some of the famed studios.
Hall, John: Baltimore-born singer/guitarist John Hall is a founding member of Orleans, a soft rock group most recognized for their hits “Dance with Me” and “Still the One.” Hall began his music career early and had already written songs for Janis Joplin, performed with Seals & Croft and did studio time with Bonnie Raitt before he formed Orleans in 1972. Hall left Orleans in 1978 to pursue a solo career. He later formed The John Hall Band in 1981. Hall disbanded his group a short time later, but continued writing songs for others, releasing solo recordings and forming Siren Records. In addition to a successful recording career, Hall has served as political activist and public servant. Along with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Graham Nash, Hall formed Musicians United for Safe Energy, “No Nukes.” And he was elected to the Saugerties (Ulster County; near Woodstock) Board of Education as president from July 1998 to January 2000. Although no longer a fulltime Woodstock-area resident, he still has a strong presence in the region. Hall’s discography, as well as other independent artists’ works, can be found at: http://www.sirensongs.com or http://www.johnhallmusic.com.
Hand, Frederick: Classical guitarist Frederick Hand has been in the music industry for decades, composing, performing, recording and touring with legends such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and others. Hand arranged and performed the theme from the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer, a winner of five Academy Awards, and he won an Emmy in 1996 for his composition for the daytime soap opera The Guiding Light. Additionally, Hand is an accomplished teacher: he’s taught classes at several major universities, including Emory and Yale.
Havens, Richie: Legendary folksinger Richie Havens was born in Brooklyn. He first hit the music scene in the early 1960s, playing folk music in Greenwich Village. He landed his first record deal in 1967, after signing with manager Albert Grossman. He performed at several big-name pop festivals during the ’60s, but it wasn’t until his appearance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival that his career launched — he kicked off the infamous festival and played for nearly 3 hours. Havens toured heavily throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and has over two dozens albums to his credit. Additionally, Havens’ resume includes writing and acting acclaim: his book, “They Can’t Hide Us Anymore,” was released in 1999; he played himself in the 1990 Woodstock: Lost Performances documentary; and his song, “Hands of Time,” was used in the 2004 movie Collateral. Havens continues to entertain his audiences with the same passion, warmth and distinctive style that define the musical icon. www.richiehavens.com
Helm, Levon: To this day a Woodstocker in every sense of the elusive word, Band legend Levon Helm was sometimes visible around town and usually at work in his studio in the hills here. The famed drummer of The Band grew up on a farm in Arkansas. He sprung from his country music roots to the Hawks, which had a couple of early hits, before becoming a member of Bob Dylan’s band when Dylan went electric. It was in nearby West Saugerties, at a big pink house rented by Band bassist Rick Danko, that Helm and the boys began creating a string of classic albums that would help redefine the rock/country music landscape and ultimately find The Band immortalized in the Martin Scorsese film, “The Last Waltz.” The Band went on to produce a number of classics – “Music From Big Pink,” “Stage Fright” and “Jericho.” In 1994 Helm and The Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All along, Helm stayed busy – in films, on the road (including with Ringo Starr) and at home, where he has played frequently and usually in intimate settings. Up until his death in 2011, Helm was still a Woodstock fixture. And his Midnight Ramble Sessions at his studios are becoming classics. These sessions, are still open to a limited number of ticket-buying fans, have included Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, John Sebastian, Garth Hudson and Levon’s daughter, Amy, to name a few. It’s roots music at its best – and a new Woodstock tradition is being hatched in the process. Helm passed away on April 19, 2011 after battling cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends and told them to keep the Midnight Rambles going. Thousands of fans came to Woodstock to pay tribute to the legendary musician at an open memorial at the barn. The staff at Levon Helm Studios is keeping Helm’s memory and last wishes alive with continued Rambles. http://levonhelm.com
Hendrix, Jimi: Guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s career launched in 1967 and he reigned as an electric rock guitar superstar/showman/hero/icon since grinding his guitar with his teeth and setting it on fire. And he performed his famous “machine-gun interpretation” of “The Star Spangled Banner” to close the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Hendrix started working with greats like Little Richard and The Isley Brothers. He joined John Hammond Jr.’s band for a while, playing in New York clubs. He was eventually spotted by Chas Chandler, bassist for the Animals. Chandler talked Hendrix into moving to London as a solo act and created the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The group made the Top Ten in 1967 with “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” Hendrix’s group disbanded in 1969 and he formed the Band of Gypsies. He disbanded Gypsies and reunited in 1970 with the Experience. Hendrix died in London on Sept. 18, 1970 from drug-related complications while working on a new album. Most of Hendrix’s material was issued posthumously, including several live concerts tapes and the rights to Hendrix’s estate – along with all his recordings – went to his father in 1995. The time he spent in Woodstock is debatable, but nonetheless written into town lore. Rumors range from recording at what is now the town’s lone alternative movie theater to countless “I remember when Jimi stopped by…” stories.
Herald, John: The onetime voice of bluegrass’ Greenbriar Boys, John Herald was a Woodstock mainstay. The Greenwich Village native was a prolific songwriter and singer/guitarist. His distinctive voice and songwriting are legend in these parts. For the rest of the world, his songs have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul and Mary, Maria Muldar and others. His “Alligator Man” recorded with the Greenbriars is one of many classics. And “Stewball,” also recorded with the Greenbriars, made it into the movie The Champ with Jon Voight. Herald died on July 18, 2005. http://www.johnherald.com
Hersey, Baird and PRANA: PRANA is a Woodstock original. This group of singers uses their natural, textured voices to recreate the sacred music of Tibetan Buddhism. The group, formed by musician Baird Hersey, can be heard on his “Waking the Cobra.” Hersey is a well-known guitarist and composer. In the ’70s-’80s, he played with and wrote for Year of the Ear, a band noted for blending of different musical styles. Other members who have played with PRANA include: Peter Buettner, Kristi Gholson, Amy Fradon, Julie Last, Julian Lines, Bruce Milner, Jonji Provenzano, Leslie Ritter, Bar Scott and Joe Veillette. http://www.pranasound.com
Hodgkinson, Mick (“Johnny Average”): England-born guitarist Mick Hodgkinson — a.k.a. “Johnny Average” — came to Woodstock in the late 1970s. He formed his first band, Johnny Average and the Falcons, shortly afterwards. The band became known as “Woodstock’s band” during the late ’70s and the members worked regularly at Bearsville Studios. Hodgkinson later formed The Johnny Average Band and signed on with Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, and others. Their “Some People” album was released in 1980 on Bearsville Records. Over the years, Hodgkinson worked with numerous artists, including fellow Woodstockers Cindy Cashdollar, Mick Ronson and John Sebastian. Hodgkinson passed away June 18, 2007, after a bout with cancer.
Holland, Dave: Born in Wolverhampton, England, current reclusive Woodstocker Dave Holland is an acoustic bass master. In the ’60s, he studied under James Merritt, who was then the lead bassist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Influenced by the music of Ray Brown and Leroy Vinnegar, he began on a career path that found him working with John McLaughlin, John Taylor and others before moving to New York in the late ’60s. Holland then toured with Miles Davis, and in 1970 formed a band with Chick Corea. The Circle Band lasted only a year, but the band’s album “Paris Concert” was declared a classic by jazz insiders. Through the decades, Holland has remained an essential player. In 1990, he toured with fellow Woodstocker Jack DeJohnette’s “Parallel Realities” band, which included Pat Metheny — another Woodstocker — and Herbie Hancock. And in 1997, the Dave Holland Quintet was born. They released “Points of View” in 1998. Holland’s complete discography can be found at: http://www.daveholland.com
Hoppen, Larry: Long Island-born Larry Hoppen is a founding member of the band Orleans — he’s considered “the voice” of the group. Orleans is primarily known for their hits “Still the One” and “Dance with Me.” Hoppen released his first solo album in 1996, “The Unherd’s Looking for the Light,” and “HandMade” in 1998. He has toured and/or collaborated on numerous projects with artists such as Lulu, David Sancious, Tony Levin, Blues Traveler and Graham Parker. Hoppen and his wife, Patricia, co-founded Sunshine for HIV Kids in 1993, and all profits earned from Hoppen’s CD sales go directly to his organization. His book, “A Career in Music: How to Stand a Chance,” was released in early 2006. Hoppen lived and recorded in Woodstock for nearly 30 years before relocating to Florida in 2000 with his family. http://www.larryhoppen.com
Hudson, Garth: Born Eric Garth Hudson in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Hudson was a member of the legendary group The Band. He began his musical career in the late 1950s with Paul London and the Capers and toured in the early 1960s with Ronnie Hawkins, fellow member of The Band. Hudson and Hawkins eventually became members of Bob Dylan’s band, which led to them relocating to Woodstock. “Music from Big Pink” was The Band’s first release and is one of the most influential records of all time. Hudson mastered a variety of instruments, including the piano, keyboards, horns, saxophone, accordion, and the Lowrey organ, a centerpiece for The Band’s sound. Hudson and The Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Following his departure from The Band, Hudson began working with numerous artists, such as Emmylou Harris, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond and Muddy Waters, among others. The Band reunited in the ’80s and ’90s; however, without the Lowrey organ. As a solo artist, Hudson remains busy. He released his first official solo CD, “The Sea to the North,” in 2001 and in 2004, he worked with Norah Jones on her “Feels Like Home” and Los Lobos’ “Ride.” Hudson is a current Woodstock resident and frequently performs around town with his wife, Maud. http://theband.hiof.no/band_members/garth.html or http://www.garthhudson.com
Johansen, David: Staten Island-born and Woodstock-area resident David Johansen is best known as the front man for New York Dolls, a “cross-dressing, drug-fueled” band that created a new form of punk-rock bands. The Dolls disbanded quickly, but produced two of the most popular cult records in history. Before joining the Dolls, Johansen was with two different bands: Vagabond Missionaries and Fast Eddie and the Electric Japs. Johansen then joined the band Actress, which later became The New York Dolls. Following the Dolls, Johansen recorded his self-titled solo debut in 1977. He resurfaced in 1984 as Buster Poindexter, a comedic nightclub singer/performer, and went on to tour NY clubs. Poindexter’s popularity helped revive Johansen’s musical career. In 1988, he was cast in two movies: Married to the Mob and Scrooged. Johansen later formed David Johansen and The Harry Smiths, a country-blues group.
Johnson, Howard: Composer/arranger/tuba player Howard Johnson, a former Woodstocker, is considered one of the top tuba soloists. Johnson began working in the early 60s with jazz bassist/composer Charles Mingus and jazz arranger Gil Evans, who worked with Miles Davis on three albums: “Miles Ahead,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Sketches of Spain.” Johnson formed Substructure in the late 1970s and a second tuba band called Gravity in the 1990s. Gravity released “Gravity!!!” in 1995 and “Right Now” in 1998 and played at the 1996 Monterey Jazz Festival. Johnson was in the first Saturday Night Live Band from 1975 to 1979 and later directing the band in 1980. Johnson has recorded with fellow Woodstockers Jack DeJohnette, The Band and Paul Butterfield, along with many others. He also completed horn arrangements for Paul Simon, John Lennon and Chaka Khan. And Johnson’s featured on several film soundtracks, including “School Daze” and “Malcolm X,” both directed by Spike Lee. http://hojozone.com
Joplin, Janis: Janis Joplin is one of the most recognizable white female rock and blues singers of the 1960s and all time. She is best known for her hit single “Me and Bobby McGee,” a posthumous release in 1971. And she performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Joplin grew up in Port Arthur, TX, and began singing in her teens and playing with Jorma Kaukonen — Kaukonen later became the guitarist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. She relocated to California in 1966 and started her career as front woman for Big Brother & the Holding Company. Joplin’s strong, bluesy voice helped make the band a hit at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with her “Ball and Chain” performance. The band signed with Albert Grossman and the Bearsville label for their second album, “Cheap Thrills.” Joplin left the band in 1968 to pursue a solo career; however, the venture was short lived. She struggled for years with drug and alcohol addiction and died of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel in October 1970. http://www.officialjanis.com
Katz, Bruce: Hammond B3 organist Bruce Katz hails from the New England area and is best known for his affiliation with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. After leaving the Broadcasters, Katz went on to record several albums and formed his own band, the Bruce Katz Band. He majored in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Additionally, he’s worked and/or toured with legends Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm and many others. Katz joined Helm’s Midnight Rambles and resides in West Shokan, near Woodstock. www.brucekatzband.com
Kaukonen, Jorma: For more than 30 years, Jorma Kaukonen, a former Woodstock resident, has been nurturing and celebrating his unique contributions to the rock/country/folk/blues worlds. Kaukonen’s finger-picking fret mastery is legendary. While he is perhaps best known for his stints with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Kaukonen’s brilliance stretches across genres and now generations. Of late, he has been touring with Jack Casady in an acoustic and electric version of Hot Tuna. There are more than 40 releases on Kaukonen’s resume. And to this day, he is well remembered around town where he lived for years before creating a music camp, Fur Peace Ranch, in Ohio. This unique guitar boot camp is set on a 119-acre ranch and designed to offer unique learning experiences for all ages and skill levels.
Keith, Bill: Boston-born, bluegrass banjo player Bill Keith was inspired by several folk-music artists, like Pete Seeger. He also learned to play ukulele, piano and steel pedal guitar. While attending Amherst College, Keith joined classmate Jim Rooney to form the Connecticut Folklore Society, which led to an extensive touring schedule throughout the New England area. He and Rooney later formed the Kentuckians. In the late 1960s, Keith became a member of Blue Grass Boys, Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band and the Blue Velvet Band. He relocated to Woodstock in 1970, where he worked with Jonathan Edwards for a brief period, and has performed for the Woodstock Mountain Review. He’s published several instructional videos for Woodstock-based Homespun Tapes. Keith — a longtime Woodstock resident — has been designing and selling quality banjo tuners since 1964 and can be found at the Beacon Banjo Web site: http://www.beaconbanjo.com
Kniceley, Charlie: Born and raised in Ohio, electric bassist Charlie Kniceley came to the Hudson Valley via Southern California after being on the road for several years in the early ’70s. He is best known as a sideman, having worked with a variety of artists, including Woodstock-area musicians Betty MacDonald, Jack Dejhonette, Warren Bernhardt, Mike DeMicco, Pete Levin and others. He has also led his own bands which have included New York musicians Ron Finck, Bob Shaut, Ed Xiques, Rashid Ali, Barry Altshul and many others. Kniceley performs locally with The Charlie Kniceley Quartet and The Retro Rockets, a cross-genre band featuring singer/guitarist Jim Eppard, keyboardist Levin and drummer Paul Verdon. http://www.charliebass.com
Landy, Elliott: Woodstock-area resident Elliott Landy’s images of Bob Dylan, The Band, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and numerous other ’60s’ legends stand in a class by themselves. Landy was a fixture on the music scene of the late ’60s. He amassed a remarkable collection — from album covers, to performance photos, to rare backstage images. He remains a resident of the area and is frequently seen around town. www.landyvision.com
Lang, Michael: One of four organizers of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair — better known as the original Woodstock concert – from Aug. 15-17, 1969. The festival, billed as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” drew 500,000 to Max Yasgur’s milk and cheese farm in Bethel, NY, becoming the defining moment of the 1960’s counterculture. The concert featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who and a litany of acts who persevered through rain, mud and general mayhem. Lang, the most prominent organizer of the show, also orchestrated a reunion concert 25 years later in Saugerties, NY, with one of his co-promoters, John Roberts. Roberts, Artie Kornfeld and Joel Rosenman comprised Woodstock Ventures, which put on the original festival. Lang has been a longtime resident of the area.
Legnini, Ralph: Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Ralph Legnini worked for years in the studio as a musician with legendary producers like Todd Rundgren and operates his own studio, E Boy Music Studio in West Shokan. Customers of Legnini’s studio include Bar Scott, Jerry Marotta, Robert Burke Warren, Dorraine Scofield, Blind Mice and other Woodstock artists.
Leon, Rob: For years, the burley warmth of bassist/multi-instrumentalist Rob Leon was felt around town. His distinctive slap-bass rants, lightening-quick guitar licks and quiet, soulful demeanor were part of the town’s music lore. He left Woodstock years ago, but remained well known throughout the region, largely for his work with Dan Brubeck and The Dolphins, the jazz fusion band popular in the ’90s. Leon passed away in Key West, FL, in 2004. His passing numbed many in town. He left a powerful, endearing legacy.
Levin, Pete: Keyboardist/composer Pete Levin has been in the music scene for more than 30 years. He has recorded and/or performed with a multitude of jazz and pop artists that landed him on hundreds of music and film scores and recordings. The long list includes Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Miles Davis, Robbie Dupree, Gregory Hines, Tony Levin, Chuck Mangione, Charles Mingus, Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Salt ‘N Pepa, David Sanborn, Sting, and on and on. Levin began his career majoring in the French horn at Julliard. While in school, he worked gigs around New York playing a Hammond Organ, before getting a call in 1974 to play French Horn with legendary jazz arranger Gil Evans. He recorded and toured with Evans for over 15 years. In the early 70s, he began experimenting with the Moog synthesizer, and subsequently became one of the pioneers of the electronic music scene in New York. He is the brother of famed bassman Tony Levin and has lived and worked in the Woodstock area for years. http://www.petelevin.com
Levin, Tony: Born in Boston, Tony Levin is most well known for his work with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson. He began studying at the Eastman School of Music in classical music, but eventually went into rock and jazz, playing the upright bass. He relocated to New York City in 1970 and worked with legends like Lou Reed, Robbie Robertson, Yes, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel on Gabriel’s 1977 debut album. Levin, who’s brother Pete is a well-known, Woodstock-based musician, later joined Gabriel on tour, playing on the Chapman Stick, a unique 12-stringed instrument where strings are tapped, not plucked, and can be played with both hands. Levin relocated to Woodstock in the late ’70s, and shortly after agreed to join guitarist Robert Fripp and King Crimson, where he remained a member for over 20 years. Levin is credited with designing Funk Fingers, chopped off drumsticks used to hammer on bass strings. He created his own record label, Papa Bear Records, and made his solo debut with “World Diary.” Levin formed Bruford Levin Upper Extremities in 1998 with Bill Bruford (King Crimson drummer), David Torn and Chris Botti. In recent years, locals and fans across North America sing the praises of the Tony Levin Band. The band released “Resonator” in 2006, Levin’s first album to contain lyrics and vocals. http://www.papabear.com
Lomax, Jackie: British guitarist Jackie Lomax is best known for his work with the Beatles. The singer/songwriter began his career in the early ’60s as a member of The Undertakers and was part of Merseybeat, a pop music genre that began in the United Kingdom. After The Undertakers disbanded, Lomax relocated to the U.S. and formed his own band, The Lomax Alliance, playing in Greenwich Village. When the Beatles played Shea Stadium in 1965, he and his band were invited by Beatles manager Brian Epstein to perform. Epstein took The Lomax Alliance back to England; however, Epstein’s untimely death in 1967 forced the band to return to the U.S. for work. Lomax’s solo career didn’t materialize until he returned to Britain for the second time and was signed as the first act with the Beatles’ newly formed Apple label. After leaving Apple in 1970, he joined Heavy Jelly, a band that included Carlo Little, original drummer for The Rolling Stones. Lomax returned to the U.S. in 1971 and settled in Woodstock where he recorded two solos albums: “Home is in My Head” and “Three,” which featured the Band’s Levon Helm and Rick Danko. While in Woodstock, Lomax crossed paths with Todd Rundgren, who purchased a guitar from Lomax. The guitar — which Lomax had obtained a few years earlier as a loan through George Harrison — was Eric Clapton’s classic Gibson SG “Fool” guitar used during Cream’s American tours in 1967 and 1968. That SG became one of the world’s most famous guitars, noted for its striking rainbow psychedelic artwork. Over the years, Lomax has worked with some of the best in the business: Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Allen Toussaint, John Simon and Robert Stigwood, just to name a few. He reunited with The Undertakers in 2009 to play Liverpool’s famed Casbah Coffee Club. http://jackielomax.com/home.html
Lovelett, Ken: Percussionist and composer Ken Lovelett is the owner/engineer for Sonart Recording Studios in Mount Tremper. Additionally, he creates a unique line of percussion and sound instruments — known and played around the world — under the company name American Percussion. Lovelett has performed and/or recorded with James and Livingston Taylor, Karl Berger, Joe Beck, Warren Bernhardt, Pete Levin and others. http://www.sonartrecordingstudio.com or http://www.americanpercussion.com
Lyonhart, Charles: Bronx-born singer, songwriter and guitarist Charles Lyonhart has made the Woodstock area his home for years.During the ’90s, Lyonhart played regularly at Woodstock’s Tinker Street Cafe.He briefly spent time as a music journalist before taking his music on the road, playing venues around the state.In 1994, he performed at the 25th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival held in Saugerties.Over the years, he’s worked with artists Chris Zaloom, John Herald, Larry Campbell, Warren Haynes, Steve Raleigh, Dennis Cotton, George Quinn, Teresa Williams and Julie Last, just to name a few.Since receiving a liver transplant in 2005, Lyonhart has returned to performing and writing songs for his “I Came Back” CD, which is being recording in Bearsville and includes Cotton and Quinn. www.charleslyonhart.com
MacDonald, Betty: Betty MacDonald is a jazz violinist, composer, vocalist and longtime Woodstock resident. MacDonald had a nightly jazz show on WDST, a Woodstock based FM station, lasting 16 years. She began her career in Woodstock in the early 1970s and worked and/or recorded with local and prominent musicians, including Jimmy Cobb, Dave Brubeck, Jack DeJohnette, Marc Black, Warren Bernhardt, Dave Holland and Vinnie Martucci, to mention a few. MacDonald performed at the Women’s Jazz Festival in Kansas City and JazzFest on WAMC in Albany. She released “Dream Come True” in May 2004. http://www.bettymacdonaldmusic.com
Mainieri, Mike: New Yorker Mike Mainieri is primarily known as a jazz vibraphonist. He began playing vibes when he was 14. By the age of 17, Mainieri was playing with Buddy Rich and won the International Jazz Critic’s Award at 18. He also played with Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Wes Montgomery, Coleman Hawkins and the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. He later joined Jeremy & The Satyrs, performing with greats Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens and Frank Zappa. Mainieri formed Steps Ahead, a jazz/R&B fusion band, in 1979 that included former Woodstocker Steve Gadd; replacement artists have included legend Tony Levin, among others. Mainieri’s resume also includes credit as composer, producer and arranger: he’s collaborated with numerous artists, including Aerosmith, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Dire Staits and many others. Mainieri once lived in Woodstock, but is now New York based. http://www.nycrecords.com
Mansfield, Killian: Woodstock-based ukulele prodigy Killian Mansfield recorded his “Somewhere Else” CD just before entering hospice care in early 2009, after a long bout with a rare form of cancer. “Somewhere Else” features performances by famed Band drummer– and fellow Woodstocker– Levon Helm, Levon’s daughter Amy Helm, John Sebastian, Todd Rundgren, The B-52’s Kate Pierson, fiddler Jay Unger and Dr. John, as well as many others. The record was produced and engineered by Ralph Legnini, a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist who worked for years in the studio as a musician with legendary producers like Rundgren. Mansfield began playing at the age of 3, when he took up violin lessons. He was well on his way to a successful career when he was diagnosed at the age of 11 with synovial sarcoma and began undergoing aggressive treatment. Mansfield hoped to leave his mark on the Woodstock music legacy, but, sadly, passed away August 20, 2009. He was only 16. www.killianmansfield.org; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Killian-Mansfield-SOMEWHERE-ELSE/78217353424
Manual, Richard: Canadian Richard Manuel was one of the original members of The Band, playing the piano and drums and singing lead and backup vocals. Before joining The Band, Manuel was a member of the Hawks, along with Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson. Throughout his time with The Band, Manuel was troubled by alcohol and drug problems and on March 4, 1986, he hanged himself in a motel room in Florida.
Marconi, Paul: Paul Marconi worked as a sound engineer at Bearsville Studios. He served as second engineer on The Band’s 1996 release “High on the Hog,” and he has assisted in mixing and engineering on numerous projects, including RUSH’s “Test for Echo,” The Lemonheads’ “Car Button Cloth,” Ronnie Earl’s “Eye to Eye,” Matthew Ryan’s “Mayday,” the Rollins Band’s “Come in and Burn” and the 1997 movie soundtrack Godmoney, which includes the Rollins Band’s single “Saying Goodbye Again.”
Mark, Tom: Tom Mark owns and operates The Make Believe Ballroom, an analog studio he opened in 1991. Mark came to Bearsville Studios in the early 1970s looking for work and began hanging around the studio, hoping that then-studio manager George James would hire him. Mark was hired and his first session was working with Billy Squire. He later went on to meet and work with artists like Paul Butterfield, Todd Rundgren, The Isley Brothers, The Parliament Funkadelics, Jack DeJohnette and others. http://mbballroom.com
Marotta, Jerry: Jerry Marotta is an accomplished drummer, singer, arranger and producer. He was born in Cincinnati, OH, and is best known for his success as a drummer for Peter Gabriel. Marotta has also toured with Orleans, Hall and Oates, The Indigo Girls, Tears for Fears, Paul McCartney, Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello and many others. He has been with the Tony Levin Band since 1995. Marotta is also credited with composing and recording numerous scores for TV shows, video games and movies. In addition to touring with the Tony Levin Band and his own band, Marotta Griegraber Jones, he stays busy running his recording studio, Jersville, in Woodstock. http://www.jerrymarotta.com
Mason, Molly (Jay and Molly): Molly Mason grew up in Washington State, playing clubs and colleges on the West Coast. She met Jay Ungar in the late 1970s at the Towne Crier in Pawling where they were both playing. They reunited when they joined Fiddle Fever, a string band that included fiddlers Matt Glaser and Evan Stover, and guitarist Russ Barenberg. Fiddle Fever released two albums together and Mason and Ungar later married in 1991. Mason collaborated with Ungar on their Grammy Award-winning song “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS documentary, “The Civil War,” produced by Ken Burns, as well as other documentaries by Burns, and on the soundtracks to “Brother’s Keeper” and “Legends of the Fall.” Mason and Ungar released “Harvest Home” in 1999 and “A Song of Home” in 2002 for RCA. Mason, along with Ungar and their band, Swingology, released “Relax Your Mind” in 2003. Mason continues to host workshops at their Fiddle & Dance Camps at Ashokan, located in the Catskill Mountains near Woodstock. http://www.jayandmolly.com
Medeski, Martin & Wood: World-class jazz/fusion trio Medeski, Martin & Wood first met in the late 1980s, but didn’t officially begin performing together until 1991. Their first album, “Notes from the Underground,” was released in 1992. The trio consists of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer and percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood. DJ Logic became the unofficial fourth member of the band in 1997 and began touring with the trio. Since 1992, the trio has released over a dozen albums/CDs, including “Note Bleu-Best of the Blue Note Years 1998-2005” in 2006. As sidemen, the band members have contributed on numerous other projects. And they collaborated on two live releases and toured with Phish in 1996. Wood currently lives in Saugerties. http://www.mmw.net
Merchant, Natalie: Natalie Merchant was born in Jamestown, NY, and began her career with the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs. The Maniacs’ 1989 “Blind Man’s Zoo” was recorded in Woodstock. Merchant is widely considered one of the premiere female performers in contemporary pop. She’s collaborated with artists like David Bowie, Paul Simon and others. Merchant left 10,000 Maniacs in 1994, becoming an even greater solo artist. She released “Tigerlily” in 1995, her debut solo album which contained the hit “Carnival.” And she sang the theme song for the movie “One Fine Day,” starring George Clooney and Michelle Phieffer. Additionally, she’s an avid social activist, campaigning against homelessness, domestic violence and animal cruelty. Merchant lives in the Hudson Valley. http://www.nataliemerchant.com
Merians, Ron: Ron Merians was born in Brooklyn and was the creator/owner of Woodstock’s Joyous Lake, a local music venue that promoted cutting-edge artists and showcased many legendary performers who were recording in town at the time. The Lake became an integral part of Woodstock’s music culture during the 1970s. To this day, there are countless stories about the many musicians who had “dropped in” announced. Merians built the Lake next door to his Guatemalan clothing store and opened it in 1971. His interest in building the Lake followed his work with Michael Lang on the 1969 Woodstock festival. Merians managed and promoted numerous artists before closing the Lake in the early ’80s and moving to California. During that time, the Lake went through several ownership changes. Merians relocated back to New York, with plans of returning to Woodstock and opening a new club similar to the Lake. However, those plans were halted when, in 1989 at the age of 55, Merians suffered a massive brain aneurysm and died.
Metheny, Pat: Missouri-born jazz legend Pat Metheny got an early start as a musician and teacher. He was playing the trumpet at 8, guitar at 12, working with legendary jazz musicians by 15 and teaching at the University of Miami and Berklee College of Music at 19. Metheny hit the international jazz scene in 1974 and released his first album, “Bright Size Life,” in 1975. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, David Bowie and keyboardist Lyle Mays, Metheny’s writing partner for over 20 years. Metheny used his electronic knowledge to develop new kinds of guitars and customized instruments. And he has won numerous Grammy Awards – over a variety of categories – including “Best Jazz Guitarist,” “Best Contemporary Jazz Recording,” “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo,” “Best Rock Instrumental” and others. Current projects include working and touring with his band, The Pat Metheny Group. http://www.patmethenygroup.com
Minasi, Dom: Dom Minasi is a veteran jazz guitarist/composer who splits his time between New York City and Woodstock. Minasi has worked with numerous legendary artists — pianist Dennis Moorman, among others — and has performed in prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall. Minasi began his career in his early teens as a back-up singer and has been performing with a jazz trio since he was 15. He joined the legendary Blue Note and spent his free time freelancing, performing, writing music for off-Broadway shows and penning books. Minasi became the composer for the Manhattan Improvisational Chamber Ensemble in 1993. Along with wife Carol Mennie, Minasi formed CDM Records and CDM, Inc., a non-profit company promoting music in schools. One of his most notable releases is “Takin’ The Duke Out,” Minasi’s interpretation of Duke Ellington’s music. http://www.domminasi.com
Morrison, Van: One-time Woodstocker “Van” Morrison was born George Ivan Morrison in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Morrison’s parents were deep into the music scene – his mother a singer and his father an American jazz and blues recordings collector – which led to his quitting school at 15 to join the Monarchs, a local R&B band. Morrison left the Monarchs to form his own band, called Them. In 1964, Them recorded their debut single “Don’t Start Crying Now.” And, in 1965, Them reached U.K.’s Top Ten with “Gloria,” a classic song that’s been covered by The Doors, Patti Smith, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Blues Magoos, Simple Minds and others. Morrison left Them in 1966 and returned to Belfast. Morrison eventually relocated to New York City to pursue a solo career, ultimately releasing his most familiar Top Ten hit, “Brown-Eyed Girl,” in 1967. The ’70s proved the most fruitful for Morrison — he released a total of 10 albums. Morrison continued recording through the ’80s and ’90s. In 1998, he won a Grammy for his collaboration with John Lee Hooker on “Don’t Look Back” and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. http://www.vanmorrison.co.uk
Muldaur, Geoff: Guitarist Geoff Muldaur was a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Woodstocker Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group. He played with the bands during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as collaborated with then-wife Maria, known for her ’70’s hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” and other legends like Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt and Jerry Garcia. Muldaur and Maria worked together for 4 years before relocating to Woodstock. After divorcing Maria in 1972, Muldaur continued on his own. He’s performed in high-profile venues like Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall and others. After a sabbatical in the 1980s, Muldaur released “The Secret Handshake” in 1998. http://www.geoffmuldaur.com
Muldaur, Maria: Born Maria D’Amato, Muldaur grew up in Greenwich Village and is best known for her ’70’s hit “Midnight at the Oasis.” Although her early influences were country & western songs, she turned to rock & roll in her teens and formed the Cashmeres. She moved to North Carolina briefly, then returned to New York to join the Even Dozen Jug Band that included John Sebastian, David Grisman and Stefan Grossman — the band disbanded shortly after their debut album in 1964. She joined the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, where she met her future husband, Geoff Muldaur. They married and relocated to Woodstock and, when the band broke up in 1968, they continued to record together as Geoff & Maria Muldaur. They divorced in 1972 and Muldaur went on to pursue a solo career. She released her first album, “Maria Muldaur,” in 1973, containing her Top Ten hit “Midnight at the Oasis.” She sang backup vocals with the Jerry Garcia Band in the late ’70s. Muldaur later turned to Christian music in the ’80s and toured with Dr. John briefly. She was in two musicals — The Pirates of Penzance and Pump Boys and Dinettes — and went on to record seven albums in the 1990s. http://www.mariamuldaur.com
Neil, Fred: Blues and folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is best known for writing two Top 40 hits: Roy Orbison’s “Candy Man” (a B-side hit on “Crying”) and Harry Nilsson’s “Everybody’s Talkin.” Additionally, Neil penned songs for other legendary artists, including Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and James Taylor, just to name a few. As a singer, he’s collaborated with the likes of Paul Anka, David Crosby, Bobby Darin and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian, a fellow Woodstocker. Neil left Woodstock in the mid-’70s and moved to Florida. He died July 7, 2001, from cancer.
Newman, Allan Carl (“A.C.”): A.C. Newman is a Canadian musician and songwriter and leader of the indie rock band The New Pornographers. Newman launched his solo career performing as A.C. Newman in 2004. Prior to playing in the New Pornographers he was a member of the indie rock bands Superconductor and Zumpano in the 1990’s. A new resident of Woodstock, Newman just released Shut Down The Streets (2012). http://www.acnewman.net
Newman, David (“Fathead”): Jazz saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman was born in Texas and is best known for his work with Ray Charles in the ’50s and ’60s, a relationship that lasted over 14 years. Newman was portrayed in 2004’s Academy Award-winning movie Ray, a biopic about Charles, and his 2005 album “I Remember Brother Ray” is a tribute to his late friend. Newman has stayed busy since those days, touring, recording and serving as a sideman for numerous musicians — he can be found on hundreds of recordings. He’s worked with many jazz, and non-jazz, musicians, including: James Clay, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Red Garland, Eddie Harris, Dr. John, Herbie Mann and many, many others. Newman passed away on January 20, 2009, from pancreatic cancer at the age of 75. http://www.davidfatheadnewman.com
Knight, Steve: Keyboardist Steve Knight is best known for his work with Mountain.Mountain formed in 1969 in New York and has one of the best recognizable rock songs, “Mississippi Queen,” from their debut album, “Climbing!” The band performed at the ’69 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival, along with The Allman Brothers and Nantucket.Mountain was considered one of the best live bands around, banging out remarkably loud performances that closely resembled their studio work. Before disbanding in 1972, the band produced three gold albums.Knight lived with his family in Woodstock from 1938-1950, before relocating to New York City.He returned to Woodstock in the mid-90s and severed on the Woodstock Town Board until 2007. http://www.myspace.com/mountainfans
NRBQ: Longtime fixtures on the Woodstock scene, the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (NRBQ) was formed in 1967 in Miami. The group performs a wide range of music, from country to pop to R&B to bluegrass to jazz. The band relocated to New Jersey, working the bar/club scene, and released their self-titled debut album in 1969. NRBQ released numerous recordings during the ’70s and ’80s, some on their own label, Red Rooster Records. The band eventually signed with manager Albert Grossman on the Bearsville Records label and released “Grooves In Orbit” in 1983. A feud between Grossman and NRBQ ensued, and the band was locked into their contract until Grossman’s death in 1986. Members of NRBQ have worked with Chuck Berry, Skeeter Davis, Carl Perkins and Woodstockers John Sebastian and Carla Bley, among others. Captain Lou Albano, professional wrestling star and manager, appeared on NRBQ’s 1986 release “Lou and the Q,” a wacky, nonsensical album. Bassist Joey Spampinato was a member of the back-up band in the 1987 Chuck Berry film “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.” http://www.nrbq.com
Oakes, David: David Oakes has been a sound engineer for Pat Metheny since 1981 — Oakes was hired to work the sound and boards when Metheny played, and he was the only person allowed in the studio when Metheny recorded solo. Oakes also worked on Jack DeJohnette’s “Parallel Realities,” Lyle May’s “Solo,” Charlie Hayden’s “Missouri Sky,” Brad Mehldau’s “Art Of The Trio Vol. 4: Back At The Vanguard” and many others.
O’Brien, Peter: Drummer Peter O’Brien grew up in Queens, NY, and attended the Power Memorial Academy on a music scholarship. He moved to the Woodstock area in 1988 and it’s been his home ever since. O’Brien played with John Hall and Orleans, best known for their hits “Still the One” and “Dance With Me,” in later years. He has collaborated regularly with local bands, but over the years has laid down the groove for Mose Allison, Warren Bernhardt, Nick Brignola, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Drew, Robbie Dupree, Hubert Laws, Brother Jack McDuff, J.R. Montrose, Tracy Nelson, Eric Person, Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Edgar Winter Band.
Orleans: Founded in Woodstock in 1972 by John Hall, Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly, Orleans is best known for its hits “Still the One” and “Dance With Me.” Lance Hoppen, Larry’s brother, later joined the band in 1973, just before the band signed with ABC Records and released “Orleans” that same year. “Dance With Me,” was released in 1974 and was recorded at Bearsville Studios, just outside Woodstock. “Waking and Dreaming” was released in 1976 with a fifth member, new drummer Jerry Marotta. Kelly was still in the band as a drummer, but was featured on keyboards and vocals. Hall left the group in 1977 to pursue a solo career and Marotta soon followed. Kelly died in 1984 of a heroin overdose and Hall returned to Orleans in the early ’90s. Their “Orleans Live, Vol 2” album was also recorded at Bearsville Studio in October 1990. The Hoppen brothers left the group after the release of their 1995 “Analog Men.” http://www.orleansonline.com/home.html
Orr, Ted: Guitarist Ted Orr works as an engineer at Sertso Studio. Orr has collaborated with big-name artists, including Garth and Maud Hudson, Bill Laswell, and performs with locally with BLOB, 420 Funk Mob Ras T & Asheber Posse, Smokey Ho’s, Blue Food, Dharma Bums, CMS Orchestra, Futu Futu and others. www.myspace.com/tedorr or www.myspace.com/tedorraudio
Pacheco, Tom: In the market for the best, most engaging 5-minute introduction to Woodstock and its inhabitants? Check out Tom Pacheco’s “The Hills of Woodstock.” The on-again, off-again Woodstocker is a folk music classic. His distinctive voice and narrative song-writing style are unique local treasures. Pacheco frequently plays gigs in the area and can warm the coldest winter night. On 1997’s “Woodstock Winter,” he captures the town’s many moods with the help of (The) Band members Garth Hudson, Rick Danko (since deceased) and Levon Helm, as well as numerous other Woodstock mainstays. But to truly appreciate how authentic he is, see him live. http://www.tompacheco.com
Parker, Graham: Graham Parker was born in London and emerged into the rock scene in the 1970s. Parker and The Rumour formed in the summer of 1975; their debut album “Howlin Wind” was released in 1976 and was well received worldwide. Before disbanding, the group released “Stick to Me” in 1977, “The Parkerilla” in 1978, “Squeezing Out Sparks in 1979 and “Up Escalator” in 1980, featuring Bruce Springsteen. Parker went on to work on his solo career, recording numerous albums since. He’s even taken his hand to writing books: The Great Trouser Mystery (U.K., 1980), Carp Fishing On Valium (2001) and The Other Life Of Brian (2003). Parker lives in Woodstock and plays in a local indoor soccer league. http://www.grahamparker.net
Peter, Paul & Mary: Legendary folk group Peter, Paul & Mary (Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey) was formed in New York City in 1961 and is primarily known for their classic songs: “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” and many others. They have had an extraordinary, long-standing career: winning five Grammys and producing 6 gold and 3 platinum albums with 13 Top 40 hits. They released their self-titled debut album in 1962 and have remained strong ever since. The trio was at the heart of the Civil Rights and Anti-war movements of the 1960s and campaigned for world hunger and homelessness. John Denver, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Laura Nyro, Gordon Lightfoot, and others have penned songs for the trio. In February 2004, the group released a five-disc boxed set, called “Carry It On,” which covers the group’s musical career from 1960 through 2003. The famed trio’s roots in Woodstock are deep, falling under the wing of mogul Albert Grossman and his Bearsville recording and record label empire. http://www.peterpaulandmary.com
Petito, Scott: Bassist, guitarist and keyboardist Scott Petito grew up near Woodstock. He was the bassist for and founding member of the rock group The Fugs and is producer/owner of NRS Recording Studios located on the edge of a corn field in nearby Hurley. Some of the people who have recorded at NRS include: The Band, The Fugs, Tom Pacheco, Kat Mills and Rick Danko, who recorded his last studio album, “Times Like These,” at NRS. Danko was working on this album when he died in December 1999. Petito is a well-known record producer and has recorded and/or preformed with The Band, Dave Brubeck, David Torn, James and Livingston Taylor, Keith Richards, Happy & Artie Traum, The Dolphins, Stevie Wonder, John Sebastian and many others. Petito’s work has earned him Grammy nominations and can be heard on film and TV. Petito performs with his wife, singer Leslie Ritter, known as the Leslie Ritter and Scott Petito band. http://www.leslieandscott.com or http://www.scottpetitoproductions.com
Pierson, Kate: Over 25 years into a career that began as a low-rent lark in Athens, GA, the lead singer and be-wigged style maker of The B-52’s is a longtime Woodstock-area resident. Pierson opened the Lazy Meadow Motel in Mount Tremper in 2004, her own little resort in the Catskills where the rustic cabins are equipped with a “retro-chic interior.”
Ponce, Lorenza: Violinist Lorenza Ponce, who splits her time between Woodstock and New York, began her career by studying classical violin. She is most noted for her performance with famous Japanese composer Kitaro during his 1994-1995 tour. However, she has performed and/or recorded with many others, including Blondie’s Deborah Harry, Jon Anderson from Yes and Bon Jovi, just to name a few. Additionally, she was lead violinist for The Dixie Chicks’ 2003 tour. Ponce released her debut solo album “Imago” in 1997. She can be found on the 2001 movie I Am Sam soundtrack and was featured on the cover of New Age Voice magazine in 2002. http://www.lorenzaponce.com
Professor Louie: Born Aaron Hurwitz, Professor Louie hails from Brooklyn and is best known for his association with The Band. Professor Louie is credited with co-producing and engineering — as well as performing on — three Band albums. He also toured with Rick Danko shortly before Danko’s death and co-produced/performed on “Times Like These,” a posthumous tribute to Danko. The producer and multi-instrumentalist eventually moved to Woodstock in the ’80s in order to collaborate with Garth Hudson and Marie Spinosa, his writing partner. They later formed Professor Louie & the Crowmatix. In addition to working with members of The Band, the Crowmatix have opened for headliners Cyndi Lauper and Taj Mahal, just to name a few. http://www.woodstockrecords.com
Putnam, John: This New York session guitarist’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of pop music. John Putnam has recorded with numerous artists, including Cher, Madonna, Manhattan Transfer and Southside Johnny. He’s played guitar on the Broadway cast album for The Whos Tommy with George Martin. Additionally, he’s backed Ben E. King, Brookes and Dunne, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., The Bacon Brothers, Wayne Newton, Soozie Tyrell (of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and David Johansen, just to name a few. Putnam splits his time between Manhattan and his Woodstock-area home.
R.E.M.: R.E.M. formed in 1980 in Athens, GA and is best known for songs like “Stand” and “Losing My Religion.” Bill Berry and Mike Mills attended high school together in Macon, playing in several bands. Michael Stipe moved to Athens in 1978 and met Peter Buck. Stipe and Buck later hooked up with Mills and Berry and formed R.E.M. They released their first single, “Radio Free Europe,” in 1981 and their first debut album, “Chronic Town,” in 1982. R.E.M.’s “Murmur” was named the best album of 1983 — going up against Michael Jackson and The Police — and launched the group into the Top 40. They went on to release seven albums in the ’80s, including 1987’s “Document,” which hit the Top Ten in the U.S. and the British Top 40. They took 6 years off from touring following their 1988 “Green” release, which generated “Stand,” a Top Ten single. R.E.M. returned strong, producing some of their most popular single recordings: “Losing My Religion,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.” They began touring again in 1995; however, there were problems early in the tour: Berry collapsed on stage from a brain aneurysm, Mills underwent surgery for an intestinal adhesion and Stipe had emergency hernia-repair surgery. Berry left the group in 1997 while the other three continued on, recording 1998’s “Up.” Stipe, in particular, has been known to frequent the area and the band and Stipe have recorded in Woodstock. http://www.remhq.com
Rhodes, Happy: Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter “Happy” Rhodes — born Kimberley Tyler Rhodes in Poughkeepsie, NY — legally changed her name to “Happy” at 16. Rhodes obtained her first guitar at age 11; she began performing her original songs at 14. Rhodes’ first signing deal was with Aural Gratification, a small, cassette-only label — she released nine albums with Aural before leaving in 1997. She went on to sign with newly-formed label Samson Music in 1998. Rhodes currently lives in Woodstock and has collaborated with fellow residents David Torn and Jerry Marotta, among others. http://www.auntiesocialmusic.com
Rice, Ross: Keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter Ross Rice was born in New York, but spent his teen years in Memphis, TN.His music career began with a band called The Coolers in the mid ’80s, a group that backed artists like Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Joe Walsh and longtime Woodstocker John Sebastian, among others.He eventually migrated to the Nashville area while playing with the band Human Radio, who’s single “Me and Elvis” was a minor hit in 1990.After leaving Human Radio, Rice went on to release two solo albums — “Umpteen” in 1997 and “Dwight” in 2006, which was well received by critics.He also co-wrote songs with Adrian Belew (“I See You”), best known for his work with King Crimson, and The Bangles’ Susannah Hoffs (“No Kind of Love”.)Additionally, he’s worked with artists Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Ratdog’s Rob Wasserman, Stephen Perkins, from Jane’s Addiction, Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner and Jill Sobule, just to name a few.Rice resides in Rosendale and is co-founder, editor and writer for Roll, a “creative living” magazine serving the Hudson Valley. http://rossrice.net or http://www.myspace.com/rossrice
Ritter, Leslie: Growing up in her Philadelphia home with musician parents, Leslie Ritter was singing at an early age. After relocating to Woodstock, she joined Amy Fradon in a band called Amy and the Shoppers. She later rejoined Fradon in the early 1980s to form Amy & Leslie. During the nine years performing as a duo, Ritter and Fradon collaborated on six albums. Their “Take Me Poem” in 1993 was considered to be their most successful. Ritter and Fradon parted ways in 1995 to pursue solo careers. Before settling in Woodstock, Ritter performed in several off-Broadway plays. She has performed and/or recorded with legendary Woodstockers Rick Danko, Robbie Dupree, John Hall, Todd Rundgren, Jules Shear, John Sebastian, and many others. Ritter currently performs as a duo with Scott Petito — they are Woodstock-area residents. http://www.leslieandscott.com
Ronson, Mick: Born in England, guitarist/songwriter Mick Ronson is best remembered as a sideman for such legends as David Bowie and Ian Hunter. Ronson worked with Bowie from 1969 until 1973; he joined Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder” tour in 1975. Ronson reunited with Bowie one last time in 1993 for “Black Tie White Noise” and at Freddie Mercury’s Tribute Concert. Ronson’s final album, “Heaven ‘n Hull,” included Hunter, Bowie and John Mellencamp and was released in 1994, following his death. Ronson worked with various musicians during his career, including Lou Reed, David Johansen and Pure Prairie League, among others. Ronson was a Woodstock resident for years and is still remembered fondly around town. He died of cancer in 1993.
Rundgren, Todd: The “Hermit of Mink Hollow” is an apt snapshot of the musical legacy multimedia artist Todd Rundgren has left on Woodstock. At the time, the 1978 release marked Todd’s brief return to crafty popmanship following years of over-the-edge experiments. “Hermit” also was one of the numerous one-man-show masterpieces Todd created during his 20-year connection with the town. Todd lived at the end of Mink Hollow Road, on the outskirts of Woodstock in Lake Hill. He was a Woodstock mainstay through the ’70s and ’80s, but spent most of his time in Sausalito, CA, during the ’90s before eventually moving his family and operations to Kaui, HI. Still, the wizard’s imprint is all over Woodstock. As a solo artist, the leader of Utopia, a producer (Meat Loaf, XTC, Patti Smith, Grand Funk, the Tubes, Cheap Trick, Hall and Oates – to name just a few), a video pioneer and perhaps the single most important player in blending the computer and music worlds, the lion’s share of Todd’s most creative work was done in Woodstock. While he is popularly known for his hits “Hello It’s Me” or “Bang the Drum” or “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” his core, cult following swears by the depth and remarkable edge of his creative energies, which have defied convention – sometimes giving tradition a swift kick to the balls – for nearly 40 years. For more, there’s a definitive fan-driven site that stands out above the hundreds of other sources: www.trconnection.com
Sancious, David: Born in Long Branch, NJ, composer, keyboardist and guitarist David Sancious is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Sancious joined the band in the early 1970s while he was still a teenager and appeared on three albums before leaving the band in 1975 for a solo career. He released his solo album in 1975, called “Forest of Feelings.” He released six more albums between 1976 and 1981. Sancious did not compose another album for over 19 years – “9 Piano Improvisations” was released in 2000. “Cinema” was released in 2005. Sancious has backed and/or toured with a variety of musicians, like Sting, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Dupree, Billy Squire, Peter Gabriel, Santana, Seal and Eric Clapton. Sancious lives in Woodstock. http://www.davidsancious.com
Sanders, Ed: Poet, author, musician, journalist and Fug. Woodstocker Ed Sander is all that. The Kansas City native is a longtime Woodstock resident, whose roots in poetry helped shaped a number of different artistic trails. It was in 1964 that Sanders helped establish the folk rock band The Fugs. Influenced heavily by Beat generation poets, most notably Allen Ginesberg, the Fugs recited poems, chanted and rocked their way to underground respect. All along the Fugs early journey, Sanders maintained other ventures, including running a bookstore in New York City, publishing journals and writing books, including “The Family,” about Charles Manson. In later years, he organized the Amazing Grace project at St. Mark’s Church on Manhattan’s lower east side. Poets and singers contributed verses to the beloved gospel song. Through the years he has worked with many Woodstock artists and published the Woodstock Journal: www.woodstockjournal.com
Satten, Steve: Steve Satten is a composer, singer and trumpeter and a founding member of Ten Wheel Drive, an influential rock/jazz group in the 70s. They made their debut appearance at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1969, making the band an immediate success. Satten has played with Dave Liebman, Jimmy Cobb, Richard Tee, etc. He is currently the music director of the Saugerties Jazz Festival.
Scott, Bar: Singer/songwriter Bar Scott has recorded with artists Phoebe Snow, Tony Levin, Donald Fagen and Ian Anderson. Scott’s resume includes several original-work recordings, a music video, a musical children’s book and teacher. Scott also accompanied Beth Nielsen-Chapman to NY’s Beacon Theater to film “Voices of Inspiration,” which aired nationally September 11, 2002. She’s a member of Baird Hersey and PRANA and her “Sweets for the Soul” was filmed and recorded in Woodstock. She is a Woodstock-area resident. http://www.barscott.com
Sebastian, John: John Sebastian was raised in Greenwich Village in New York City and evolved into a legendary songwriter and performer. A longtime Woodstock resident, Sebastian was the backbone of the Lovin’ Spoonful during the ’60s and later became one of the definitive folk singers of his generation. While younger folks might remember him for writing and performing the theme song from “Welcome Back Kotter,” the popular ’70’s TV show, Sebastian made his mark as leader of Spoonful, America’s answer to the British invasion. The group scored a number of hits, including: “Summer in the City,” Daydream,” and, of course, “Do You Believe in Magic.” But, as an unscheduled performer at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Sebastian’s mark as one of the signature voices of his age was set. From that point, he produced several solo albums; wrote a children’s book; performed with everyone from The Doors to Peter, Paul and Mary, to Tom Petty, to Phoebe Snow; and has had many of his songs appear in major movies. http://www.johnbsebastian.com
Seeger, Pete: Musician, activist, environmentalist and storytelling legend Pete Seeger, born in Patterson, NY, has long graced the Hudson Valley with song and voice. While his unrelenting efforts to help the “little guy,” save the environment and speak (and sing) loudly for peace are the subjects of countless books, articles and documentaries, banjo-playing Seeger has long been a remarkably accessible, down-to-earth neighbor in the Hudson Valley. In 1969, he launched the sloop “Clearwater” along with a few friends as a powerful reminder that the Valley’s most precious resource, the Hudson River, needed protection. It was a loving and lasting initiative to clean up the damage done by corporations that polluted the delicate river over the decades. Seeger has given the world scores of albums and has delighted audiences for generations playing the banjo and singing songs that have become part of America’s folk music lore. http://www.peteseeger.net
Sertso, Ingrid: A Woodstock resident since 1972, vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso was a co-founder, with Karl Berger and Ornette Coleman, of the legendary Creative Music Studio. Through her recordings and performances with Don Cherry, Berger, Baba Olatunji, Steve Gorn and many others, Sertso established herself as a thoroughly original vocalist and poet who “engages the listeners with her intensity” (NY Times). Sertso continues to appear on festivals internationally, mostly with “Karl Berger & Friends.” Her participation in the Cherry recording “Multi Kulti” and her album “Dance With It” led to broader international attention for her utterly unique approach. She records regularly at her Sertso Studio, founded with Berger and the legendary engineer/musician Ted Orr, where she also sponsors and supports recordings by young, emerging singer/songwriters and musicians. www.myspace.com/SertsoStudio, www.myspace.com/IngridSertso, www.creativemusicstudio.org
Shear, Jules: Pittsburgh-born singer/songwriter Jules Shear originally gained recognition after moving to Los Angeles and joining the Funky Kings. He later formed Jules and the Polar Bears and recorded three albums. Seeking a solo career, Shear relocated to Woodstock in the early ’80s. His first album, “Watch Dog” — a critically-acclaimed solo effort produced by Todd Rundgren — came in 1983. Over the years, Shear has collaborated with and/or penned hit songs for many legendary artists, including The Band, Roseanne Cash, Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, Johnny Rivers, as well as others. Shear is also credited with the idea for MTV’s Unplugged series. Shear and his wife, Pal Shazar, are current Woodstock residents. www.julesshearmusic.com
Simon, John: Connecticut-born John Simon has an impressive resume. He is a musician, composer and music producer (for films, TV and Broadway) and was one of the top record producers in the ’60s and ’70s. His clients included The Band, John Sebastian, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Mama Cass and Gordon Lightfoot, among others. Simon has also worked with Peter, Paul & Mary, Taj Mahal, Simon & Garfunkel, Dave Mason, David Sanborn, Seals & Crofts, Tiny Tim & and the list goes on and on. Additionally, he spent time writing and recording with his own band, The John Simon Trio; producing music documentaries and soundtracks; and composing stage productions and ballet scores. At one point in his career, Simon resided in the Woodstock area and was managed by Albert Grossman, the man behind Peter, Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren and more. He has played as a guest musician at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, held at Helm’s private studio in Woodstock. http://johnsimonmusic.net
Skolnick, Arnold: Arnold Skolnick is an artist, graphic artist, illustrator, book designer and the owner and founder of Chameleon Books, which has produced more than fifty books on fine art. A prolific artist and writer, some of his best known artwork is rarely associated with his name. His most widely recognized image is the Woodstock Festival’s dove-and-guitar symbol from the famous 1969 poster.
Sobule, Jill: Hailing from Denver, Jill Sobule began playing guitar in her high school band. Never able to read music, she played by ear. She debuted in 1990 with “Things Here Are Different,” which she recorded with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock. The album was an artistic success, but a commercial failure. The singer/songwriter hit it big in 1995 with her hit single “I Kissed a Girl” and “Supermodel,” featured on the soundtrack for the hit comedy movie Clueless. In addition to releasing solo recordings, Sobule appeared in off-Broadway musicals and on TV, shared the stage with legends like Neil Young and performed onstage for Neil Diamond’s induction into the Songwriting Hall of Fame. She frequently performs in the Hudson Valley. http://www.jillsobule.com
Starer, Robert: Composer and pianist Robert Starer was born in Vienna, Austria. He was a well-respected composer of ballets and operas, as well as many other instrumental works. He moved to the United States in 1947 and studied at NY’s Juilliard School, where he later taught composition. Starer is best known for his composition for the 1962 ballet Phaedra and his “Sketches in Color” piece. He died April 22, 2001 from heart failure at the age of 77. A funeral service was held in Woodstock, where he resided until his death, that included a piece from his last work, “Evening,” completed two days before his death. Starer is buried in Woodstock’s Artists’ Cemetery. http://www.robertstarer.com
Swallow, Steve: NYC-born jazz electric bassist Steve Swallow started playing the acoustic bass as a teenager. He met Paul and Carla Bley while attending college and left to join The Paul Bley trio in 1960. He played with several bands over the years, including The Stan Getz Quartet and The Art Farmer Quartet, where he began writing music. Swallow played electric bass with The Gary Burton Quartet and continued on and off with them for 20 years or so. He joined The Carla Bley Band in 1978 and has been performing as a duo with Bley since 1988. He started The Steve Swallow Quintet in 1996. His songs have been recorded by jazz legends Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny and others. Swallow lives with Carla Bley in the Catskills. http://www.wattxtrawatt.com/biosteve.htm
Titus, Libby: Singer/songwriter Libby Titus was born Elizabeth Jurist in Woodstock. She is married to Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen — an occasional Woodstock-area resident — and is the mother to Amy Helm, whom she had from her relationship with famed Band drummer Levon Helm. She co-wrote songs with Fagen and worked with Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, members of The Band, Dr. John and Carly Simon. Simon co-produced Titus’ self-titled album in 1977 and sang backup on two songs from that album. Titus also landed acting jobs in two movies, “Heartburn” and “Awakenings,” and appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Torn, David: In addition to being a renowned solo guitarist, David Torn is an accomplished composer, engineer and producer. Torn joined The Everyman Band, Lou Reed’s recording group, in 1979 for an international tour with Don Cherry. Throughout the ’80s, he toured with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and formed his own band. In 1992, Torn was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous brain tumor that interferes with hearing and balance. The surgery left Torn deaf in his right ear. He went on to earn “Best Experimental Guitarist” in Guitar Player Magazine Reader’s Poll in 1994. Torn has recorded several solo albums and can be found on many movie soundtracks, such as AirHeads and Friday Night Lights, starring Billy Bob Thornton and country singer Tim McGraw. Torn has collaborated with artists David Bowie, Tony Levin, Happy Rhodes and Bill Bruford, as well as many others. He currently runs his own recording studio, The Loop Pool, in Bearsville and his instructional videos can be found at Homespun Tapes in Woodstock. http://www.splattercell.com
Traum, Artie: Award-winning, Woodstock-based singer/songwriter Artie Traum was born in the Bronx and worked the music scene in Greenwich Village. Traum moved to Woodstock in the late ’60s, producing records and writing film soundtracks. He and his brother, Happy, united in 1970 and were managed by Albert Grossman, legendary music manager. The Traum’s second album, “Double Back,” was recorded partly at Bearsville Studios and in Nashville. The brothers also co-hosted a live folk show in 1988, featuring guests like Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Jay Unger and Molly Mason. Traum’s produced or recorded with artists John Sebastian, The Band, Tony Levin, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, plus numerous other top artists. Traum received an award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of 1999 for his “Meetings with Remarkable Friends.” He has also written dozens of instructional books, tapes and DVDs which are published through Homespun Tapes, Happy’s company, in Woodstock. Traum passed away July 20, 2008, after an illness. He was 65. http://www.artietraum.com
Traum, Happy: Singer/songwriter — and longtime Woodstock resident — Happy Traum currently runs Homespun Tapes, a company founded by Traum and his wife Jane in 1967 after relocating to Woodstock. Homespun Tapes sells instructional tapes narrated by well-known folk, jazz, blues and rock musicians. Homespun’s instructional videos have, for years, reached into Woodstock’s remarkable well of talent to use local and national “names” to provide “hands-on” instruction in playing a variety of instruments. In addition to working with his brother, Artie, Traum has played or appeared on recordings with Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Maria Muldaur and countless others. Additionally, he recorded several tracks that appeared on Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits, Volume II.” Traum has written over a dozen instructional guitar books and was the editor for folk magazine Sing Out! http://happytraum.com/happytraum
Ungar, Jay: Bronx-born fiddler Jay Ungar is best known for the Grammy Award-winning song “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS documentary, “The Civil War.” He’s also on the soundtracks to Brother’s Keeper and Legends of the Fall. Ungar started traveling in the early 1960s, ultimately returning to New York and forming Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys band in the Greenwich Village area. He joined The David Bromberg Band in the mid-’70s and played with Fiddle Fever, one of the “most electric groups in string band history.” The band included his future wife, acoustic bassist Molly Mason. Ungar and Mason released “Harvest Home” in 1999 and “A Song of Home” in 2002. In addition to his recording career, Ungar, along with Mason, founded the Fiddle & Dance Camps at Ashokan, located in the Catskill Mountains. http://www.jayandmolly.com
Veillette, Joe: Joe Veillette is a guitarist, guitar maker, singer, songwriter and more. The Brooklyn native co-founded Veillette-Citron guitars, along with Harvey Citron, in 1975 and currently builds quality, custom-designed electric and acoustic guitars, basses and mandolins under his own company, Veillette Guitars. Some of his customers include Eddie Van Halen, Lauryn Hill, James Taylor, notable Woodstockers and many others. Veillette is a member of Blind Mice, Baird Hersey and PRANA, and he co-founded The Phantoms. The Phantoms have performed with several legendary artists, such as Todd Rundgren and John Sebastian in well-known venues, including Radio City Music Hall. http://www.veilletteguitars.com
Visceglia, Mike: Born in New York City, bassist Mike Visceglia is best known for his work with Suzanne Vega — he recorded with Vega on her big hit “Luka.” Visceglia’s touring and recording career began with a 2-year stint with John Cale and working with Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen, Flo & Eddie and many others. Additionally, he’s toured with Curtis Stigers, opening for Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rod Stewart and others. When he’s not on the road, he splits his time between Manhattan and his Woodstock-area home. http://www.mikevisceglia.com
Weider, Jim: Jim Weider was born and raised in Woodstock. He’s known for his mastering of the classic telecaster guitar and for his stint with legendary group The Band. Weider moved to Nashville early in his career and began touring with Johnny Paycheck. However, he returned to Woodstock in the early ’80s and began working with Robbie Dupree. Weider met Levon Helm, former drummer for The Band, in the early ’80s. He joined Helm’s touring band and eventually joined in The Band’s reunion tour in 1985, taking Robbie Robertson’s place. His stint with the group includes Bob Dylan’s tribute concert at Madison Square Garden and Woodstock ’94, among others. His debut solo album, “Big Foot,” was released in 1999. In addition to Band members, Weider has performed and/or recorded with other well-known Woodstock artists, such as Tony Levin, John Hall, Graham Parker, Paul Butterfield, Tom Pacheco, Hot Tuna and many more. Weider’s pre-show ritual includes a glass of red wine while he warms up on the guitar. http://www.jimweider.com
Weissberg, Eric: He may appear to be a one-hit wonder, but Woodstocker Eric Weissberg is a musician’s musician, and a world class one at that. Weissberg is a master of at least ten instruments, though his fame links him to the banjo. Weissberg, along with singer/guitarist — and fellow Woodstocker — John Herald formed the Greenbriar Boys in 1958. He has played with countless folk and pop artists, including Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Billy Joel, the Talking Heads and many others. He’s also played with jazz legends Herbie Mann and Bob James, among others. He plays guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin and several other instruments. But it’s 1973’s “Dueling Banjos” that brought the Weissberg name into the mainstream. http://www.wfma.net/weissbrg.htm
Wilson, Cassandra: Born in Jackson, MS, Grammy-award winner Cassandra Wilson started playing guitar and piano at the age of 9 and moved to New York City in the early ’80s where she began working with bassist Dave Holland. Wilson worked as the original main vocalist with M-Base Collective, eventually going solo and recording her first album in 1985. Performing original work at first, Wilson switched to performing country blues and folk remakes for Blue Note. She became a top ’90’s jazz singer and was recognized as Time Magazine’s America’s Best Singer in 2001. Wilson released “Traveling Miles” – a Miles Davis tribute – in 1999, “Belly of the Sun” in 2002, “Glamoured” in 2003 and “Thunderbird” in 2006, dubbed a 4-star album by USA Today. http://www.cassandrawilson.com
Windo, Gary: England-born saxophonist Gary Windo worked with numerous artists throughout the years, including Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, Don Cherry, Chick Corea and others. Windo eventually relocated to Woodstock with wife Pam and, by the mid 1980s, was performing as a semi-regular with NRBQ, Todd Rundgren, the Psychedelic Furs and others. He also had his own band, The Gary Windo Quartet, which included fellow Woodstocker Steve Swallow. Windo died on July 25, 1992 at the age of 50.
Yamagata, Rachael: Born in Arlington, VA, singer, songwriter, piano-playing Rachael Yamagata compared to Fiona Apple, with her raspy vocals and passion-filled songs. Yamagata studied flute for a short time as a child, but quickly moved on to the piano. After attending college for a brief time, she left to pursue a singing career. She started her career performing in musical theater and serving as a vocalist in the Chicago-based funk band Bumpus. After several years with Bumpus, Yamagata’s solo career catapulted after attending an open mic night in 2001, which led to her performing at LA’s famed Viper Room later that year. Her first solo show was at the Living Room in New York City. Her second show — a much more unforgettable performance — had her opening for David Gray in front of a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden. Yamagata signed with RCA Victor Group in 2003 and her recording efforts brought her to the Woodstock area. For Yamagata, 2004 was a busy year. She released her self-titled EP and her first full-length solo album, “Happenstance,” and she headlined her first tour. Yamagata is currently a Woodstock resident. http://www.rachaelyamagata.com
Zaloom, Chris: Steel pedal guitarist Chris Zaloom is considered one of the best telecaster players around and has been performing and recording for decades in the Woodstock area. He is best known for his work with the band Fear Itself, a late-’60s psychedelic blues band from Atlanta. Fear Itself performed at the ’69 Woodstock Festival. Other members included Ellen Mcllwaine, Paul Album and Bill McCord. Zaloom was also a member of The Bugs, The Cats, The Pups, The Reptiles, The Scrubs and Enormous Johnson. And he’s worked with numerous artists, including members of the Band, Cindy Cashdollar, Dave Holland, Bruce Katz, Rob Leon, Charles Lyonhart, Dave Sanborn, Happy and Artie Traum, Jim Weider and many more. He’s an accomplished instructor and has played in recent years with Woodstock-based band Mechanical Bull.Zaloom is a longtime Woodstock resident.