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How About You? - August 5, 2017

The title refers to another "new" classic for us - requested by a diner and we are delighted to add it to our repertoire. All the things we like about summer - potato chips, banana splits, late dinners, moonlight, Gershwin tunes, New York in June...We are winding down into the last month of summer, so go for it with gusto!

Looking ahead, we are happy to be playing at the Glen Eddy for the residents there at the end of August, followed by an evening in September playing at the beautiful Provence Restaurant. At the end of September through the first week of October, we will be playing at a wedding, a wedding anniversary party, and another wedding!

We will return in October to Athos, the lively Greek restaurant with splendid Greek food.

The children's music will also begin in September on Tuesdays at the Burnt Hills Library, beginning my fifth year there, sharing joyous music and movement with the little ones and and their parents and grandparents!

Off to enjoy the rest of August - how about you?

They Say It's Spring - May 10, 2017

Thanks to all who came out to hear us at Stoney's Irish Grill on May 6th. It was fun and as always, an evening of varied temperatures and precipitation. Now we are back in the 30's at night, and still more rain coming, with a little break of real spring weather tomorrow...
We look forward to returning to Provence, the well-known French restaurant in Stuyvesant Plaza on Western Ave in Albany, June 10, a Saturday night, from 6pm - 9pm. We will have a few more new songs for you by then. We really enjoy discovering and learning and performing new musical gems! Of course, they aren't really new, but usually some real treasures from the past that one or the other of us discover in our musical wanderings .
Check out "They Say It's Spring" from Blossom Dearie's recordings - it sums up the season for me!

Anyway, here's to temperamental weather, transitional seasons, and transformational music!

It Might As Well Be Spring - May 1, 2017

We had a super time at Athos Restaurant and now look forward to returning to the warm and wonderful Stoney's Irish Grill on Van Vranken Ave in Schenectady May 6th, 6pm - 9pm. Reservations strongly advised for dining and dining strongly advised due to the fabulous food! See you there!

St Patrick's Day in France... - February 25, 2017

We had a great night at Restaurant Navona on Valentine's Day. A lovely place with great food and a full house that night and very appreciative audience. We felt warm and welcomed by the owner and very able staff.

We look forward to playing at Provence, a beautiful French restaurant in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany on March 17th from 6pm - 9pm. This well-known eating establishment is highly regarded for it's culinary offerings and luxurious ambience. For those who want something different from the usual St Patrick's Day celebration, come and join us for an elegant evening at Provence! We'll even play a few French tunes!
Check our calendar page for details.

Celebrate Love! - February 11, 2017

Our thanks to all who came to Stoney's Irish Grill in January to hear us. A fun night was had by all and owner Mike promised us another date in a few months.

Up next - 2/14 - 6pm - 9pm
Valentine's Day evening at a beautiful restaurant on New Scotland Ave in Albany, Restaurant Navona. (directions and more info on our calendar)
We'll set the mood, playing those elegant love songs of the 1920's - 1960's, with a few French and Portuguese numbers thrown in for dancing. But not loud enough to disturb dinner conversation and romantic ambience- we aim to please!

Come celebrate love with us - Happy Valentine's Day!

We've Got Our Music To Keep Us Warm! - January 9, 2017

Hope all had happy holidays...We started ours with a great gig at Athos, the wonderful Greek Restaurant on Western Ave in Guilderland, which we look forward to revisiting in April. Thanks to the many who came to hear us and those who danced!

Another fun one coming up this Saturday, Jan 14th at the cozy Stoney's Irish Grill in Schenectady, where all are welcomed and the food is always mouth-watering.

Valentine's Day 2017, we are excited to be playing romantic music for diners at the new Restaurant Navona on New Scotland Ave in Albany, 6pm - 9pm. The ambiance is lovely and the food is reported to be delicious by all who frequent the place. Check out the menu on their website - restaurantnavona.com. Reservatons strongly suggested!

Working toward the completion of a recording and hoping to have it out by Spring...

And always learning more classics from the endless treasure trove of early 20th century blues, jazz, French and Latin, along with some more contemporary pieces.

Stay warm and keep healthy in this new year of 2017! We will be seeing you in all our favorite places, many still to be discovered! As always, thanks for your enthusiastic support.

Feeling Thankful - November 9, 2016

Thanks to our families, friends and fans who have supported us playing in many local and regional venues and events. Thanks to those who have hired us! We are still in the process of working on a cd with our engineer, (also a local performer/music teacher) Rob Aronstein, featuring some of our favorite jazz, blues and sambas from the 20th century. Thanks Rob!

We are also thankful to be healthy, (knock on wood!) and learning more about this music called jazz, American songbook, blues, etc...so rewarding! To spend time practicing instruments , arranging, memorizing, rehearsing together and finally performing is a lot of work and a joy. We hope we convey our enjoyment when you see us.

Happy Thanksgiving! May this coming year bring harmony and good things - new opportunities for growth and learning and memorable experiences for all of us!

Pumpkin Season - September 6, 2016

We are still working on completing the cd which will showcase our duo, trio and full band covers of fabulous jazz and blues songs and some sambas from the 1920's - the 1960's. Hope to have that completed before the holidays!

We will be playing in the main dining room at the Baptist Health Retirement Center on Rt 50 in Glenville on Friday, September 9th, from 7pm - 9pm, sharing the evening with Bev Oudt, a pianist who will play sing alongs. Light refreshments will be served. The free will donations offered will go towards purchasing special equipment for MS patients.

We will also be playing at the Mabee Farm to Fork Dinner on Septembet 24, a fundraiser for Electric City Food Co-op. Please go to their FB page or website for more information and details.

Happy Autumn!

Recording! - June 16, 2016

We're going into the studio to begin recording a cd - excited and looking forward to sharing the results with all of our audience! Also, look for a new website coming soon...and a new addition to the band...!

Month of Love! - February 2, 2016

We will be playing at the Dance Flurry on Saturday, Feb 13th at The Parting Glass at 3:30p.m. Come dance to some classic love songs from the 1920's - 1960's - jazz, blues and Latin!
We will also return to Tierra Roasters, that great little/big cafe next to The Madison Theater in Albany on Madison Ave. Feb 19th and March 19th, nights to stop in, have a bite to eat and a drink to wash it down, while enjoying great music from Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues!
The weather lately is giving us spring fever, and we are looking forward to playing out at some festivals this summer. We'll let you know!
Happy Valentine's Day and hurry to the Flurry - you won't regret it!

Happy Winter! - December 21, 2015

We have been busy rehearsing and performing. We had a great time at the Parish Public House in Albany on Nov 28th, with old friend Paul Devino filling in for Lorrie, as our drummer. Unfortunately, Lorrie is no longer able to play due to health concerns, so Paul will be our new drummer. We welcome him and wish Lorrie much love and health.

We also played at Stoney's Irish Grill and had a good time nd nice audience with friends and many who didn't know us. The food was spectacular and Mike the owner, and his staff were very accomodating. We hope to return to play there in a couple of months.

We will be playing at the Dance Flurry on Feb. 13th at The Parting Glass, late afternoon, and we are looking forward to it. Go to flurry.org for more info on this amazing annual festival of dance and music!

Thanks to all our friends, family and followers for your support and love!
Happy Holidays to all and to all a jazzy, peaceful year!

Autumn has arrived and so have we! - September 24, 2015

We have had a lot of great gigs since July - a busy summer, lots of rehearsing and learning, played at nice places like the Glen Sanders Mansion, the Franklin Terrace in Troy, Schodack Island State Park, the Albany Musician's Union Local #14 picnic at Krause's in Clifton Park, Delmar Farmer's Market and coming soon, Tierra Roasters in Albany and The Van Dyck in Schenectady! Come see us and we will continue to explore other venues new to us in Albany, Troy, Shenectady, Saratoga. A never-ending search!

Progress! - July 2, 2015

Since April, we have played some great gigs, including opening Albany's Tulip Festival on the Lakehouse Stage in Washington Park! It was a beautiful day, and we had a great sound crew and a fabulous stage to play our best to an appreciative audience. Lots of very positive comments from everyone who heard us!

We have been asked to play at a special dinner for WWII veterans at the Schenectady Veterans Hall and we hope we can give the vets the music they want to hear from their youth. Though we play a lot of that era, there is always more to learn and we are practicing and learning diligently!
We also enjoyed playing together at the Schenectady Greenmarket outdoors, as well as the Delmar Farmer's Market, and we racked up a lot of compliments at both. Even inspiring some dancing from young and old alike, which we love to see!

We have recorded a new 5 song demo, which we will be adding to our website soon. Eventually, we hope to have a 12 song cd for distribution.

As we continue to explore and learn more music, we also keep our eyes open for any possible venues and opportunities to play. Let us know if we can be of service for any wedding, party, restaurant or special event by emailing us or giving a call.
Have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you around town!

New Growth, New Possibilities... - April 9, 2015

Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues has been growing! Our friend Brenda Fisher is playing upright bass with us now, learning more music with us. We have discovered another woman, Lori, who is a former Rock drummer, and is taking on the challenge of a new genre of music! Now we just have to find some gigs to show you our great new bigger sound! Contact us if you'd like to hear us play! And keep an eye on our calendar. Let us know if there is a place you think we might be able to play. We are ready and willing! And we may be starting work on a full cd in the next few months...

My children's music is taking a new path too. Or should I say, returning to it's roots. After 11 years of directing and teaching (and enjoying!) Music Together, I have decided to return to free-lance work in libraries and any other settings that might need or want children's participatory music and movement. Around The House Music is my children's music business name now, and I hope to be in many libraries playing and singing with children. I will be starting another series of Tuesday morning programs at the Ballston Lake/Burnt Hills library on April 14th, from 10:30-11:15, for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Enjoy the Spring and come out to hear us sometime and say hi!

It Might As Well Be Spring! - February 17, 2015

The title of this is the title of a song we sing about spring fever. I couldn't resist!

Ok, enough with the sub-zero cold, teeth-chattering wind and multiple snow storms! If anyone thinks this is normal, they must come from the Arctic! Climate chaos includes this kind of extreme weather and it's here. So start taking it seriously and let's push for alternative energy that doesn't involve extreme extraction, like tar sands and fracking! Like the song says, "This pretty planet, spinning in space, our garden, our harbor, our holy place..."

We had a great time at the Pig 'N Whistle on Valentine's Day and got lots of nice feedback from customers and listeners, about our music and about the food! Thanks to the staff and especially the manager for having us play there. We hope to come back soon!

Right now, we're learning new/old songs as always, and hoping to find more gigs in the Capital District. We look forward to re-visiting Emack & Bolio's on March 13th. Until then, stay warm, and check in with the website or our facebook page for new dates! Thanks for coming out and supporting our music!

Valentines Day Dinner! - February 14, 2015

For Valentine's Day dinner, come to the popular Pig 'N Whistle in the Grove restaurant and bar in Burnt Hills, right off Rt 50, for some good food and romantic music of the 1920's - 1960's. Our jazz duo, Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues will be a trio that night, with fab upright bass player Brenda Fisher joining us! No cover, just a friendly atmosphere and vintage songs to woo your Valentine!

Countdown to Christmas... - December 16, 2014

We had a great time playing at Emack & Bolio's the other night. A pretty large crowd came out and many people complimented us on our music. The new addition has really expanded the place and it seats many more people. Always a fun place to visit and play in!

I had a great time with the parents and children at the Ballston Lake library, singing and moving to lots of songs, including some holiday tunes. Thanks for having me back for a mini-session of three weeks! Nothing like children to get you in a holiday spirit!

We look forward to the holidays and to playing at the Greenmarket upstairs on Dec. 28th from 10a.m. - Noon.
Have a Happy and safe Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, winter!

December! - December 5, 2014

Hope you all have a happy holiday. We are busy this month. 2/3 of Dangerous On Decaf (Paul and I) played at the Moon & River Cafe on Wednesday, Dec 3rd and had a good time dusting off some old chestnuts we hadn't done together in ages. A small but appreciative audience seemed to enjoy our trips down memory lane.

Friday, Dec 5th, MaryAnn and I had the honor of playing old jazz standards to the Ilium Ladies Society at the Brunswick Masonic Hall. We had a couple of winter sing-alongs that were enjoyed by the women, as well as bit hits of the 20's, 30's and 40's that most of them were happy to hear again.

Saturday, Dec 13th, Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues will be playing at Emack & Bolio's on Delaware Ave in Albany from 7p.m. - 10p.m. If we're lucky, we will have Brenda Fisher join us on her bass, electric or upright, not sure which. We have been loving the addition of her bass to our sound. Come in and stay awhile!

Wednesday, Dec 17th, I will be joining the Save The Pinebush crowd again for their annual Holiday Lasagna Dinner and providing some of the entertainment beginning at 7p.m.

Sunday, Dec 21st, I will play music solo on the downstairs level of the Schenectady Greenmarket from 10a.m. - Noon. I will play music with the children and pass out some small percussion to them at least for one of the two hours.

Sunday, Dec 28th, Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues will play on the main stage of the Schenectady Farmer's Market from 10a.m. - Noon and we will be joined by Brenda on electric bass. Come by and say hi while perusing the market bounty!

Happy New Year to all and catch some local music every week - thanks for supporting your local musicians - there's plenty of us out there!

New Website/New group! - October 14, 2014

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We are Roben/Kosek Jazz & Blues and we are having a great time working together and learning great classic jazz and blues. We are Terri Roben on vocals and some rhythm guitar, eggs and kazoo; MaryAnn Kosek on exquisite jazz and blues guitar, with ocassional vocals. We may be adding to our group in the near future, so keep an eye and ear on us!
This website is still a work in progress, so check back often! Hope we see you at some of our gigs!
Another site with our info is here - www.reverbnation.com/robenkosekjazzblues

Springing ahead again! - March 15, 2014

Spring is pushing it's way into the end of winter, with grateful welcomes from all of us! We are looking forward to playing music outside in balmy temps and wonderful venues. Latin, jazz, upbeat and celebratory music to resurrect us all from this long cold winter!

August Daze - August 8, 2013

It's August already, and the pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, basil, peppers, onions and more are ripening up for harvest! We passed our 31st wedding anniversary and are still together, went to one day of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and had a traditional rain drenching as we were leaving (It's gotta happen!) got approval for our solar panels after a little tusseling with the town, (gonna be one of those things no one will believe in the future - "what, they gave you a hard time about saving energy??)
and had our first big potluck since we moved here, which turned out to be a blast!
We have been kayaking some, swimming some (between rain storms and waiting for the river to clear itself up afterwards) and planting and weeding and having fun watching and reaping the results of our work.
Also put on six weeks of demonstrations in different towns calling for the closure of Guantanamo Prison, in support of the hunger strikers there and in the US and particularly the 86 men wasting away for well over a year in the prison after being cleared of all charges and deemed innocent, and yet held indefinitely. This whole chapter of American history is hugely criminal and a blight on our nation and it's name and has probably caused more terrorism. Check it out on closegitmo.net.
Our friend and fellow activist, Veteran For Peace Elliott Adams, along with 9 other Americans, fasted for 80 days and lost 40 pounds to put pressure on the government to close this prison and release the innocent men there and stop the force-feeding, which all the medical associations of the world, including the AMA, have denounced as torture.
We also got to hang out with the late Daniel Berrigan's widow and one of his daughter's at a peace conference in Pyramid Lake in the Adirondacks a month ago, and we look forward to an upcoming favorite annual peace conference sponsored by Veterans For Peace, at the Kateri National Shrine in Fonda NY on the weekend of August 16-17th where Dorothy Day's granddaughter along with several other speakers, will be informing attendees of their work and latest information. kateripeaceconference.org
I continue to teach my Music Together classes in Clifton Park and loving it, as well as performing in various locations as a solo as well as with my group, Dangerous On Decaf!

Enjoy the rest of the summer and live fully!

Beware the Ides of March... - February 24, 2013

Yeah, March is my birthday month and it's the month of Pisces, at least in my case. You know how mystical and magical and slippery Pisces can be...
So we'll see what happens with the weather - always a crap shoot, especially in these parts and in this time of year. I am hoping for a new beginning in this month of looming spring. I hope to start recording a cd, find some new places to play, play some new material and maybe even write some new songs!
We'll see. Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying the wealth of local fresh produce at the farmer's markets. Support your local communities and they will support you back!

Say no to fracking and dirty TarSands and yes to clean and renewable energy!

Work and play for peace and justice everywhere!

Happy Spring and Solstice, coming soon to a place near you.

And remember, life is a small cafe, my friend. Come to the small cafe!

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fall? Winter? Spring? 2012 - December 11, 2012

Hope everyone has a nice Holiday and Sanity breaks out in the world and we have a sudden awakening of Peace and Good Will for All! That's what I want for Christmas!

Happy Hanukah, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year.

Don't let that little light of yours go out!

peace and love,

Terri

Things are heating up, so let's cool it! - July 5, 2012

Yep, climate chaos is upon us. It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, but our Lorax culture keeps on trying and now we are feeling the error of our ways. We need to cool it - our frenetic lifestyles, our consumptive and wasteful practices, our materialism and magical thinking of infinite resources for our greedy desires. Let's use less, clean up our act, refuse to allow more drilling, killing, fracking and messing with this planet home of ours. Stop supporting wars for oil and other peoples property.
Stop hogging everything for ourselves and think about the rest of the world and future generations. Make less babies and take better care of the ones already born. Spay and neuter pets and put an end to breeding pets for profit.
Don't support corporate monopolies and interests that try to convince us we can't conserve, can't do with less so we must allow them to take every last piece of nature and turn it into a dirty desecrated wasteland for the sake of more oil or natural gas. Demand the development of more solar power, more wind power, more emphasis on living simply so others may simply live. Live lower on the food chain by eating less or no meat, support locally grown food and small independent businesses. Let's learn to grow our own food, live with less stuff, less fat, less sugar, less chemicals. Walk, run, skate, bike, bus and carpool more; use, need and want less. Share with neighbors and friends more, buy less and smaller and more sustainably. Live slower and less productively. Yes, we can and should produce and consume less and we will be healthier for it. People did for centuries. Stop thinking of ourselves as consumers and start thinking of ourselves as citizens, co-habitants, interdependent beings sharing this planet with the rest of life on earth. Love our neighbors, people, plants and animals, and treat them as we want to be treated.
Let's cool it, for everyone's sake!

Warmer, wetter, wonderful! - May 15, 2012

I am like a flower coming back to life in the spring. I just love the green and abundance of nature's show off finery with roots and shoots, buds and blossoms, fruits and flowers, sun and showers! It's duck season, lots of rain to nourish all the babies in hiding, ready to break through and up and out, into the fresh air and light.
So I am feeling that now too. My father died in late February, a couple months shy of 92, with a quick, peaceful last breath. Now I am contemplating what to do with the rest of my life, sans care-taking. I am resting, reviving, re-energizing and reviewing, trying to figure out where I want to go. Really doesn't take much thought. I want to focus entirely on my music and what I can do with it. Write songs, learn more instrumental work, explore new genres, perhaps. Develop some more repetoire and styles with my trio work, as well as solo work. Learn to journal and write every day! Allow the creative pulse inside to guide me.
Meanwhile, we have done much to get our house ready for sale. It is on Craigslist, BigBrick.com and at least for a week, in the Daily Gazette. We have a sign outside our house with our phone number. We had a couple, a single mom and daughter, and an out-of-towner take a tour of the house so far. We will be receiving an independent appraisal this week to see if our price needs adjustment or is on target.
Our goal is to sell this house and move back to our first house 65 ft above the Mohawk River in Glenville, where we were married and raised our daughter for her first 10 years. It is a small, easy maintenance, energy efficient home looking out on the mountains and river, within easy reach walking, biking, busing or driving, to Scotia, Schenectady, etc.
We have a contract to buy it back, so now we just need to divest ourselves of this dear old place, which has served it's purpose beautifully over the last 17 years.
If you know anyone looking for a house full of character and charm, with 2.95 acres, a pond and almost free solar electricity, look us up! Terri Roben and Peter Looker 22 Midline Rd Ballston Lake, NY 12019, 518-399-2080.

I have lots of gigs this summer, which you can check out on my calendar. I will try to get the Dangerous on Decaf website updated too. Have a blast this summer! Frequent the farmer's markets, ride bikes, go to some music and arts festivals and enjoy some of the great things to do and see in our amazing upstate NY area!

To sunshine, rain, and Mothe Nature's bounty! Long may she wave!

peace and love,
Terri
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