Kruger Brothers Perform in Palm Beach, Florida

Kruger Brothers with Bobby Hicks in Palm Beach, Florida on 4/19/09

Kruger Brothers with Bobby Hicks in Palm Beach, Florida on 4/19/09

What a pleasure it was to listen to the Kruger Brothers perform in Palm Beach, Florida on April 19, 2009. With the Kruger Brothers was special guest Bobby Hicks, who was a former member of both Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and with the Ricky Skaggs Band in the early 1980s.

The first of two sets was performed by Jens and Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg. These original tunes were so diverse that it would be difficult to imagine that anyone in the audience would leave this show disappointed. One highlight was an instrumental entitle “Beautiful Nothing”, from the Kruger Brother’s new album, “Between the Notes”.  A second set with Bobby Hicks brought to life some traditional bluegrass tunes as well as a big band swing instrumental written in 1923 or 1924 that proved to be a crowd favorite.  To think that this concert only cost $10 per person left me wondering if there is any greater bargain for the bluegrass enthusiast.

David Jakubiak and Jens Kruger

David Jakubiak and Jens Kruger

Afterward, I had the chance to meet Jens to discuss his banjo technique. I left with a wonderful impression of Jens as one of the new statesman of modern bluegrass music. Jens was gracious with his time and we have since discussed his banjo playing style and philosophy.  I am working on a joint article with the editor of Banjo Newsletter about Jens Kruger, who is quickly becoming recognized as one of the truly great banjo players of all time.  Could it be that we also may be planning a joint instructional workshop with Jens and the Kruger Brothers band here in Jupiter, Florida?  Stay tuned for details.

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Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced six instructional books on CD. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and is in the process of writing an article for the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of www.fretmentor.com. To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT fretmentor.com (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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7 Responses to Kruger Brothers Perform in Palm Beach, Florida

  1. avatar Chris says:

    Excited about the possibility of the workshop. Hope you can work that out!

  2. avatar Brian Berke says:

    I am also very excited about the prospect. I have to practice very hard so that I can take full advantage of his instruction. The level of knowldge, dedication and insight into music (not just banjo playing) that Jens has cannot be appreciated until you get a chance to speak with him. He is a true inovator.

  3. avatar Art says:

    Shucks, I’ll be stuck on the Cumberland Plateau all summer. Sounds like a great experience coming up for the class.

  4. avatar fretmentor says:

    Art – The Workshop is not planned for the summer months. It is planned for late fall or early next year. Stay tune for dates when they become available.

  5. avatar Jim Joyce says:

    The Kruger Brothers are terrific! I’ve been a fan of theirs several years since meeting them at Merlefest. Having attended several of their workshops (short 1-2 hour versions) at various venues leaves no doubt the April 2010 workshop event will be worth every penny!

  6. avatar pinky57 says:

    Just saw them at IBMA, they were fabulous. A joy to see and hear. Looking forward to the workshop. I encourage musicians of any genre to attend and learn from the best, as they do not limit themselves to any one category of music and have something to offer everyone.

  7. avatar Stacey Podell says:

    The concert was great! More than great!

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