Terri Roben - vocalist, singer-songwriter, children's music teacher
Terri Roben is a veteran singer-songwriter from the New York Capital District. She plays guitar, banjo, ukelele, and mountain dulcimer. She 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 played in a trio, "Dangerous On Decaf", performing jug band, rockabilly, folk, blues, pop and Latin music. She has performed in restaurants, festivals, farmer's markets, cafes, rallies, picket lines, demonstrations, libraries, environmental fairs, schools, weddings, parties and select benefits.
Terri Roben has worked with children in the field of music and movement for 30 years. She has taught and performed in various schools and family programs and developed after-school and library programs for elementary school-age children. She worked in schools with the Scotia Children's Traveling Museum for 10 years. She presently works at libraries offering music and movement programs for preschoolers and their caregivers, and teaches Music Together classes at a private preschool.
Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues is her latest preoccupation and she is thrilled to make and perform music with talented jazz guitarist MaryAnn Kosek and bassist/singer Brenda Fisher.
Maryann Kosek - guitarist, arranger
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, 1950s and 1960s music; Beatles, blues and popular songs. She plays and writes music for the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center children’s programs, and also collaborates with other professional local musicians at various venues.
Her underlying love of early jazz brought her to co-create Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues with her musical partners, Terri Roben and Brenda Fisher, who have both performed in the Capital District of NY for many years. Together they team 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, has been a performing musician her entire 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 joined Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues after their first two years together as a duo. She is an experienced blues and country vocalist, and provides some solos and harmonies in the band's repertoire, as well as great electric and upright bass playing!