Tony’s legendary status as a performer, author, collaborator and teacher is truly unparalleled in the banjo community. Read more about him at wither of these sites, or dig into YouTube and his extensive catalog of recorded works.
2-time June Award winner, Folklife
Banjoist, composer, and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz, and chamber music. His many award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. He is a passionate educator and has taught in many settings including the Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop, Mike Block’s Fiddle Camp, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Camp, the Midwest Banjo Camp and the Berklee College of Music.
Love Canon, Jazz Guitar instructor at james madison University
Adam Larrabee is a seasoned banjoist, jazz guitarist, and composer who has appeared as a sideman on Bruce Hornsby’s recording “Spirit Trail” and who taught at New England Conservatory while performing in the Boston area for nearly 10 years. He was a founding member of the pioneering “newgrass” group Joy Kills Sorrow but is perhaps best known around the country as a banjoist with the bluegrass 80’s band Love Canon. His most recent project is composing 24 preludes in all major and minor keys for solo banjo for the classical banjoist John Bullard. Adam currently teaches classical and jazz guitar at James Madison University.
Director of the Banjo Summit
An uncommon musician, banjoist, and composer, Jake Schepps creates music for the traditional American string band that is anything but traditional. In 2015, Jake launched Round Window Radio, an innovative online music subscription series covering territory from bluegrass to Brazilian choro, jazz, classical and more - each revealed through the prism of the 5-string banjo. New releases each month offer inventive, exciting, and rich new music with a wide spectrum of accomplished collaborators. As a bandleader with the Jake Schepps Quintet, the Expedition Quartet, and now Round Window, he performs around the world, and has been featured at NPR’s Tiny Desk, Colorado Public Radio, eTown, and WNYC.
Jake also has a love for teaching music, bringing a skilled and conscientious style to NimbleFingers, Berklee College of Music, Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, University of Northern Colorado, and producing an instructional DVD Modern Banjo Ideas & Techniques. After many years of interviewing some of the world's greatest banjo players for Banjo Newsletter, and attending workshops in a spectrum of musical styles (the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, Valley of the Moon Fiddling Camp, the Centrum’s Choro Workshop, and Silk Road Ensemble’s Global Musician Workshop), this breadth of musical experiences have worked their way into Jake’s teaching curriculum and his open-minded approach to music.
courtney hartman (resident guitarist)
Colorado native, Courtney Hartman has become one of the most well-respected guitarists in the American-Roots music world. She moved to the east coast from Loveland in 2009 after receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigous Berklee College of Music.
Her work has been heralded by music and critics and her peers. Acoustic Guitar Magazine named her to their "30 Under 30" list, and jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage lauded her as "one of the great guitarists of our generation." The Fretboard Journal wrote that Courtney is "easily one of the greatest flatpicking guitarists performing today,"
In 2011, she joined Grammy-nominated band, Della Mae, and spent the following five years touring full-time in over 30 countries as well as writing and recording two albums for Rounder Records. Courtney continues to perform solo, opening for bands Lake Street Dive and The Stray Birds and has collaborated with artists Mike Campbell, Robert Ellis, Jim Lauderdale and Buffy St Marie. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY