Current Band Bios

Nate Grower - Fiddle

Nate Grower

The youngest member of David Bromberg’s group, Nate Grower was motivated to take up the fiddle as a teenager after hearing bluegrass music at his home in western New York . He took a few classical violin lessons and made his debut with a symphony orchestra at the age of 17 at a performance of Stravinsky’s “Firebird”. Since moving to Delaware in 2005, he has concentrated his efforts on mastering the art of bluegrass fiddle. His fiery solos transfix audiences, and he is unmatched among fiddlers in his ability to play driving rhythmic backup. In addition to performing with David Bromberg, Nate plays in Chester River Runoff. Nate is the current Delaware State Fiddle Champion, and his influences include Stuart Duncan, Martin Hayes, Albert King, Ron Block, Jennifer Mombrea & Chris Thile to name a few.

“Grower shows himself to be one of the younger folks to keep your eye on. His chops are real, and his tone and timing nearly impeccable. His reading of “Leon Kenningtron Waltz” is a thing of wonder. – Bluegrass Unlimited

Says Nate: “It's truly a privilege to be playing with David. It's wonderful to play with someone from whom musically you can learn something every time you walk out on stage and perform.”

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Mark Cosgrove – Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals

mcosgroveMark Cosgrove's distinctive flatpicking sound is known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic, and it seems like he's just getting started. Not bad for someone who grew up in a Manhattan apartment surrounded by classical music and whose original musical ambition was to become a drummer.

"My first instrument was guitar, but I started playing drums when I was 10 or 11" he says. After flirting with drums, Mark returned to guitar but it wasn't until he heard the glorious wail of Clarence White on the Byrds' "Untitled" album that the guitar really took hold of him. Around the same time, Mark heard Doc Watson and made the connection that Doc and Clarence both were flatpicking the acoustic guitar. "I was hooked and have been ever since," Mark says now.

Before long, he felt good enough to tackle the challenging guitar competition circuit. Making his first pilgrimage to Winfield in 1987, he entered his very first guitar competition at the National Flatpicking Guitar Championships. "I didn't make the cut. I really sucked," he admits freely. "I spent the next eight years pondering how to go about that and have more success." By 1994, he felt ready to take another crack at the big time, heading to Merlefest for the flatpicking contest there. "I just wanted to get more experience; I had no concept that I might win," he says, adding that, "I got lucky that day." 

"Getting the call to play with David closes a wonderful circle in my working life because he has been such an influence on my playing and performing. David has a magic touch with an audience and with any instrument he picks up. He also makes you laugh a lot on the road! I'm so glad to be a part of the band."

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Josh Kanusky - Drums

 

IMG 0291Josh Kanusky was born and raised in Emmaus, Pa. Rhythm had become his passion from a very young age. As a child he listened to the radio, drumming along to every genre of music that came across the airwaves. Although he is self taught, Josh credits his style of drumming to Levon Helm, Bernard Purdie, and James Gadson. Josh started playing for David's Big Band in March of 2011.

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Curtis Fowlkes - Trombonist

cfowlkes1Trombonist Curtis Fowlkes is a native of Brooklyn, NY. In fact, Curtis informs us: “I live in the house my grandfather bought in the 1920s.” Fowlkes became a full-time musician in 1977. “I got into the CETA program with Ernie Wilkins’ Jazzmobile project,” he says. From that point on, Fowlkes has been a full-time trombonist.

Curtis first came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of The Lounge Lizards, which was lead by saxophonist John Lurie. In 1987, he and saxophonist Roy Nathanson, both members of the Lounge Lizards, founded the Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz. Fowlkes has also performed as a sideman with bassist Charlie Haden’s reunited Liberation Music Orchestra and with the alumni Ellington Orchestra led by Louis Bellson. He has performed or recorded with Levon Helm, John Zorn, Sheryl Crow, Marc Ribot, Ciba Matto, Andy Summers & Don Byron, to name a few. Curtis performed with the Kansas City All-Stars, appearing in Robert Altman’s 1996 film Kansas City.

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Butch Amiot: Bass

 

Butch Amiot

Butch hails from Oxford ,Ohio. Butch's Mother and Father were both musicians. His Dad played dixieland jazz, clarinet and sax and his Mom played piano and organ. Butch and his brother started young (when he was in the 4th grade). His brother played guitar and Butch played bass and they had a band that played at high school sock hops and frat parties at Miami University in Oxford.  Butch played in a few other bands before moving to Western NY State where Butch met Jeff Wisor, who later became David Bromberg's fiddler. When The David Bromberg Band was looking for a bass player they called me and Butch did a week on the east coast with the quartet around Christmas in 1981 as an audition and have been with David ever since. Butch has lived in the Albany, NY area since 1983.

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Peter Ecklund

Peter Ecklund

Peter Ecklund started a career in education, then became a full-time musician in the '70s and played with Gregg Allman, Maria Muldaur, Leon Redbone and Paul Butterfield. He was in David Bromberg's band for many years and has recorded as a sideman for hundreds of albums and film scores. He played with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks in the 1980s, and '90s and also with the Orphan Newsboys (led by Marty Grosz). Peter's solo albums for Arbors Jazz are "Strings Attached" and "Gigs." He is the author of two books of transcribed jazz solos by Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke and two play-along books/CDs of swinging jazz for Music Minus One. His Blue Suitcase Trio mixes traditional jazz with other American music.

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John Firmin

John Firmin

John Firmin was surrounded by jazz music from the beginning while growing up the son of a tenor player in Anchorage, Alaska, and got his earliest experiences performing tenor sax in soul bands and small combos, backing up “exotic” dancers. He learned tunes by Stanley Turrentine, King Curtis, Hank Crawford and Fathead Newman, and, jumping ahead twenty-five years, he built an eight-piece band to play many of these same arrangements -- using most often the lineup of four horns and four rhythm players. In 1975, Firmin was asked to join the legendary David Bromberg band which led him to relocate to San Francisco. Eventually Firmin's desire to be more than a sideman, to be a band leader, led him to create a group that crosses the juncture between jazz and R&B -- the Johnny Nocturne Band.

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Nancy Josephson: Backing Vocals

Nancy Josephson

Josephson's early passion and career was music. She sang and played bass for several groups--the Buffalo Gals, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Rowan and Fiddle Fever. In 1980, when she and her husband, David Bromberg, moved to Chicago, Josephson began a career in visual art which continues today.  Nancy is also the leader and principal songwriter for The Angel Band.

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