The Antfarm Quartet - b i o s
For the past few years,The Antfarm Quartet has been bringing their special mix of melody, swing and improvisation to audiences throughout the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware area. Band members, Tim Lekan (acoustic bass), Paul Jost (vocals and harmonica), Jim Ridl (piano), and Bob Shomo (drums) share a love of making music together that has inspired the recording of their latest cd, Dialogues, pt. 2.
"...High-level musicianship aside, the real charm of The Antfarm Quartet lies in their communal sensibilities - they sound like a real band." - John Barron, All About Jazz
MEET THE BAND:
TIM LEKAN (bass) began his musical journey touring the United States playing electric bass in R&B bands. His love of jazz and the work of masters such as Charlie Haden, Paul Chambers, Red Mitchell and Ray Brown eventually led him to the acoustic bass. He has studied with New York bassists, Scott Lee, Michael Moore and Dennis Irwin, and has studied composition with pianist/composer Ron Thomas. A native of Cleveland, Tim lived and worked in New Jersey from 1986-1998, playing with numerous groups, including The George Mesterhazy Trio and Oscar Brown Jr. In the fall of 1997 Tim released his debut CD "P.M. The Tim Lekan Trio with special guest Gina Roche" on Encounter Records. His group has performed at numerous jazz clubs and festivals throughout the Tri-State area. In 1999, Tim moved to New York City where he has resumed his study of the acoustic bass with Andy McKee, while continuing to lead his own group and work as a freelance bassist.
PAUL JOST (vocal & harmonica) Raised in the small farmtown of Landisville, NJ, Paul is an eclectic artist known equally for his abilities as vocalist, drummer and composer. A four category Billboard Song Contest Winner, his songs, (including the highly acclaimed, "Book Faded Brown"), have been recorded by The Band, Carl Perkins and Rick Danko. He has composed for Canon Pictures, ("Last Rites"), and NBC's Emmy Winning Series, "Special Treat". Paul has performed with Billy Eckstine, Mark Murphy, Ann Hampton Calloway, Frank D'Rone, Sylvia Simms; served as musical director for Morgana King, and recorded with a variety of artists including Bobby Scott, Sivuca, Dr. John, Bucky Pizzarelli, Teo Macero. Paul's vocals, drumming and harmonica can be heard on national jingles for Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Nissan, Annheiser Bush, Miller Beer, Subway and Dow Chemical.
JIM RIDL (piano) originally from North Dakota, now resides in New Jersey and is much sought after as a creative and innovative pianist/composer/arranger. In addition to The Antfarm Quartet, Jim performs live and in the studio with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quintet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, in duet with Diane Monroe, the Denis DiBlasio Quintet, the JD Walter Quartet, and the Manhattan Bones. Jim has recorded 5 critically acclaimed cds, the latest "Your Cheatin' Heart and other works" recently released on the Dreambox Media label. Jim has been recognized by Downbeat and Jazz Times, and was featured in Piano and Keyboard Magazine, "a fresh, individual voice in jazz piano...sure to make among the first indelible marks in the jazz millennium."
BOB SHOMO (drums) began his musical career as a teenager in Atlantic City, NJ, working with pianist George Mesterhazy, saxophonist Michael Pedicin Jr., and The Club Harlem House Band, (directed by Johnny Lynch). Bob studied with Hank Levy, playing in one of his ensembles at Towson State University. In the late 1980's, while living in Denver, Colorado, Bob routinely performed with pianist Art Lande's group and the Paul Warburton/Dale Bruning Trio. He has studied with Joe Labarbara, Terry Silverlight and Harry Himles. Bob can be heard on recordings with Michael Pedicin Jr., Mick Rossi, George Mesterhazy, the Tim Lekan Trio, Steve Giordano and Barbara Montgomery. Recent club and concert appearances include performances with Patti Wicks, Keter Betts, Steve Gilmore, Howard Alden, Reggie Hamilton, Jack Wilkins, the Tim Lekan Quartet, George Mesterhazy Trio, Ron Kerber Quintet, Steve Giordano Trio, Bucky Pizzarelli and Rebecca Paris among others.