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S.O.S. Artist: Jive Five Minus Two 

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3-18-01 Show

What happens when you take tradition on a roller coaster ride with fun and flexibility?

You get the superlative sounds of the guitar and violin swing trio

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Tom has been charming the masses for the last two decades on the streets of America and Europe since the early 1980's. Informally, people in a majority of the U.S. and in 11 foreign countries have offered coins of appreciation for his music as he honed his skills on tours through the South, the West and in Canada and Europe.
Tom continued to explore his musical tapestries in the 90's in clubs and coffeehouses opening for Mike Cross, Robin and Linda Williams, Roy Bookbinder, and John McCutcheon.
Influencing this Virginia native's music is his love for Southern strings and instruments. Having visited many popular venues: The Point (Bryn Mawr), Acoustic Brew House (State College), and the Minstrel Coffee House (Morristown, NJ). Philly's WXPN has interviewed Tom as a solo for his CD, "Streams of Consciousness,"both on "Kid's Corner" and Gene Shay's Folk Show. The band has also been interview recently on both shows.
Jon has excited audiences at the Mann Music Center of the Performing Arts opening for Trout Fishing in America, enthused the listening audience of WXPN's "Kid's Corner", and electrified the crowd at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
He has also performed in an East Coast tour with Theater Caravan, and toured Spain as an accompanying guitarist with a flamenco group. This Philly native picked up the guitar naturally and jokes that given his musical background, it could as easily have been a sousaphone, had one been handy. Back home, he's been busy as creator and producer of the Lower Merion Summer Hummer Concert Series, among other projects, lending to each the energy and talent that his "Crazy Zayde" CD showcases.
A versatile musician and singer / songwriter, Jon's quick fingers and rich voice add extra dimension to the and harmony, rhythm and soul of Jive Five Minus Two.
Arty is a graduate of Julliard's School of Music and has played the violin with professionals since he was a child, winning competitions to perform as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 9 and again at age 12.
His strings still "zing" with marvelous energy - just ask the many notables he's played with, like Joni Mitchell, Vic Damone, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart, The Moody Blues, Roger Daltrey, Wayne Newton, Tony Bennett, Plant and Page, Meatloaf, and The Electric Light Orchestra.
Firmly in command of his mighty swingin' strings, Arty can coax a multitude of sounds from his instrument, to the benefit of his many followers. Having Hired out his talent on stages large and small, Arty has found a home in Jive Five Minus Two, where he brings a repertoire that ranges from classical to today's newest release. His virtuosity and skill enhances the swinging sound of this standout trio.



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