Fiddler, Singer, Songwriter
Katie Glassman’s love affair with the fiddle began at the tender age of nine. Inspired by old-time Texas music, she began playing by ear, and was soon winning numerous honors throughout the West. In 1998, she captured the National Junior Fiddle Championship in Weiser, Idaho, and two years later the National Young Adult Fiddle Championship. She is a three- time top five finalist in the National Grand Champion Division and in 2011, she won the National Western Stock Show Championship. 2013 was Katie’s biggest year yet for competing, as she took top honors in two of the country’s most prestigious contests: Walnut Valley, in Winfield, Kansas, and Rockygrass in Lyons, CO.
But Katie is no one trick pony when it comes to fiddling. She studied classical and jazz violin at the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating with a BA in music performance and a certificate in jazz studies. In 2007 she became only the second American to attend the Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in France, the world’s foremost jazz violin school.
One of the most exciting singers, musicians and composers in the country. Katie possesses the uncommon ability to blend tradition with contemporary color.
Katie is also a passionate and committed teacher dedicated to spreading the fiddle gospel far and wide. In 1994, she opened the Fiddle Parlor Teaching Studio in Denver, where she instructs some 40 students of all ages in the oral fiddling tradition. She also spends many weeks every year teaching at fiddle camps across the country, including the Montana fiddle camp, Hartz fiddle camp, Texas Oldtime Fiddlers camp, Ludiker Fiddle camp, A Midsummer Days Dream String camp, among many others.
I always find myself in awe when someone with the talent, and the right feel for swing, country, and gypsy jazz presents itself in the manner of Katie Glassman.
In 2012, Katie established the Fiddle Parlor Publishing Company for her original compositions and upcoming educational publications. In 2013, Katie launched the Fiddle Parlor Record Label. “Dream A Little Dream” will be the first album released on the label.
Piano, Accordion, Steel, Vocalist and Songwriter
Eric Moon’s list of accomplishments is almost as impressive as hearing him play. Considered by many a technical and creative genius, his ability and ideas seem to know no bounds. From a classical upbringing, jazz training and major-label international experience, everything Eric touches turns to musical gold.
He has been performing since the age of 8, when he sang the boy soprano part in the second world-premier of George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” with Jan DeGaetani and the Boulder Philharmonic. In the next few years, he won several piano competitions at the state level. He was the winner of the Music Teacher’s National Association composition contest at the national level. He studied for two years at the Eastman school of music in Rochester, where he worked steadily as a jazz musician, including performances with former Coltrane bassist Steve Davis.
Returning to Colorado in 1981, he worked for the vocal group Rare Silk, including the recording of the album “Black and Blue”, co-wrote the song “Bob Goes to the Store” which was released as a single and video by the band SpyroGyra, performed with Charlie Pride and Bob Hope, and was the pianist for an influential Denver jazz combo led by drummer Bruno Carr, well known for his work with Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Mann and others.
In 1987, hired as pianist, arranger and musical director for singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, Moon put together bands for showcases that led to her publishing deal out of Nashville and subsequent recording deal on MCA. Moving to Nashville in 1989, he played and recorded with top studio musicians, including Vince Gill, bassist Victor Wooten, and session legends Eddy Bayers and Michael Rhodes.
Relocated to Los Angeles in 1993, he produced and co-wrote a number one hit for Malaysian singer Ella, composed music for national television ads for Mervyn’s and the E! network, toured Europe as keyboardist for German punk icon Nina Hagen, ran the computers on a series of shows for Icelandic superstar Bjork, recorded with Nancy Wilson of “Heart”, designed sounds for Alesis Synthesizers, composed music for national cable TV, and recorded backing tracks for the Chippendales dancers.
In 2006, he went to Wales to record the album “The Pull” with songwriter Kreg Viesselman. There he met Liz Barnez, with whom he has recorded and performed ever since, including shows in New Orleans and Minneapolis, and at the House of Blues. Now established in Denver as the first call piano and accordion session man, Eric is creative force to be reckoned with.
Upright Bass, Vocalist
Charles Parker Mertens is a bassist, composer, producer, and teacher in Colorado. He has a broad musical vocabulary that includes Jazz, Rock, Gospel, World, Klezmer, Gypsy, Funk, Electronic, Latin, and Indian music. Originally from the small town of Telluride, CO, Charles grew up attending the various world famous music festivals held there and hence developed a deep appreciation for different kinds of music from an early age.
In 2001, Charles was awarded the Colorado All State Jazz Bass Player award and later that year earned a full scholarship to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study Classical Music with Paul Erhard. After a year of intense studies in classical music, his teacher invited him to travel for a year to Bangalore, India to study Indian classical music with renowned musicians TT Srinivasan and Ustad Faiyez Khan.
Upon his return to America in 2003 he received a scholarship to attend the University of Denver where he completed a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance while studying with legendary Denver Bassist Kenny Walker (bassist for Larry Coryell, Eddie Turner.) In 2005 Charles attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK where he studied with the renowned bassist Michael Mondesir (Sting, Tina Turner, John Mcglaughlin). Since then, he has played internationally in London, Morocco, Panama, Mexico, and Spain.
With his versatility and deep musicianship, Charles is one of the busiest bassists in Colorado, and welcomes all the work with a smile!
Guitar, Vocalist and Songwriter
Greg Schochet is a full-time performer, teacher and producer in Boulder, Colorado. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, he is fluent in number of acoustic and electric styles, including bluegrass, swing, and country.
A veteran of many touring and recording bands, his love of music and traveling has brought him to some of the most acclaimed venues in the country, including A Prairie Home Companion, Red Rocks, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia.
Born and raised in the suburbs of New York city, Greg’s musical youth was framed by his father’s record collection and FM radio of the 70s and 80s. Combined with a deep love for all things traditional, twangy and old-timey, Greg’s musical sensibilities are wide-ranging and versatile.
He is an integral part of Colorado’s thriving roots music scene, and is a sought after instructor, session player, producer and collaborator.