terri roben - vocalist, children's music teacher
Terri Roben is a veteran singer/songwriter from the New York Capital District. She has performed in restaurants, bars, festivals, farmer's markets, cafes, rallies, picket lines, environmental fairs, demonstrations, libraries, schools, weddings, parties and select benefits. She plays guitar, banjo, ukelele, and mountain dulcimer. She has produced three recordings, "Terri and Maria", with Maria Caccavo; "Riverwalk & Other Songs" a cd of original children's music; and "The Path We Make", a cd of mostly original songs, featuring accompaniment by The Ramblin Jug Stompers, Sten Isachsen and Gail Smallwood. She has taught and performed in various schools and family programs and developed after-school and library programs for elementary school-age children. She also played in a trio, "Dangerous On Decaf", performing jug band, rockabilly, folk, blues, pop and Latin music. Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues is her latest preoccupation and she is thrilled to play with fab guitarist MaryAnn Kosek!
Terri Roben has worked with children in the field of children's music and movement for 30 years. She has performed concerts in schools, festivals, coffeehouses, and led classes in libraries for preschoolers to 5th graders. She worked in schools with the Scotia Children's Traveling Museum for 10 years. She owned her own Music Together business and taught Music Together for 11 years. She has a family music cd, Riverwalk & Other Songs, that can be found online. She presently works regularly at libraries presenting music and movement programs for preschoolers and their caregivers.
She plays adult music as a soloist and is also part of the jazz and blues trio Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues, which features music from the 1920's - 1960's.
maryann kosek - guitarist
MaryAnn Kosek began playing guitar and piano at an early age. Her father was an accomplished local jazz guitarist/bassist who influenced her desire to learn and play jazz. She grew up listening to the old standards from the 1930’s and 40’s. MaryAnn began playing guitar at nursing homes and eventually joined a few local bands, playing country, 50’s, 60’s, Beatles, blues and popular songs. She plays and writes music for the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center for their children’s programs, and also collaborates with other professional local musicians at various venues.
Her underlying love of early jazz brought her to a new project with her music partner, Terri Roben, who has performed in the Capital District of NY for many years. Together they have teamed up to play mostly early jazz, blues and some contemporary music. MaryAnn also plays piano, banjo, ukulele and mandolin but focuses mainly on guitar.
brenda fisher - upright bass, vocals, guitar
Brenda Fisher - a resident of Albany NY, Brenda has been a performing musician for all of her adult life. She plays guitar, electric bass and upright bass, harmonica, and ukelele. She was part of the well-known area band Begonia, in the 1980's. She has been a singer and instrumentalist as a solo and with a number of groups, and has joined Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues in the last year, enjoying learning jazz on upright bass. She is an experienced blues and country vocalist, and provides some solos and harmonies in the band's repetoire, as well as great upright bass playing!