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John C. Smith

Heavily influenced by his brother Tom, John played in his youth but hadn’t played for about 20 year. But then started playing again in 2006. He was jump started by friends and other supportive musicians as he play on their breaks and did open mics. The support from the other musicians was fabulous, but John wanted to take it a step further. “I always felt like after 3 or 4 songs I was just getting past my nerves and wondering what it would be like to have a few more songs”. He landed a gig at Aqua Sol in Bear DE. There John started inviting new musicians to play a 10 song set on his gigs. This became a reoccurring bi-monthly series called "The Acoustic Jam Showcase”, which quickly became the premiere event for musicians. After a while John found himself playing his own sets with the same group of artists that he really jelled with. Now The Acoustic Jam is a premiere four piece acoustic band, with a strong focus on three part harmonies, performing throughout the Delaware, Maryland region.  John had another passion. He was influenced when he went to Nashville and saw the Writers in the Round at the Blue Bird Cafe. So impressed he now produces a local edition of Writers in the Round as a way to help local singer songwriters showcase their talents.
 

Julie Malewski

Julie credits her parents for her love of music.  Her mother was a music teacher who taught her to play piano and encouraged her to learn and play violin in the school orchestra. Her father was a former member of a 4-piece vocal group.  She fostered her ear for harmonies by performing in choruses and operas along the way.  
Co-leading The Acoustic Jam is a natural fit.  She met John and Tommy when she performed her originals at their open mic at Aqua Sol.  They needed a female singer and she understood arrangements and harmonies.
 
Julie is also comfortable performing in front of live audiences.  She’s a backup singer and manager for Jesse Garron's Tribute to Elvis, a successful Elvis tribute band that also features her husband and daughter. The group has shared the bill with celebrity headliners in venues nationwide. 
 
Julie wrote her first song in 2003.  Her originals have been considered highly marketable and have earned awards in various contests and forwards to music libraries for TV/film placement consideration.  She is in the process of recording her first cd.
 

Tommy Keith

Tommy started playing guitar and singing when he was 8 years old. There was a period of about 25 years when he didn't play very much at all. Tommy has been a member of the Delaware Saengerbund band for many years and is also the club’s youth group dance instructor. Tommy is heavily involve the annual Oktoberfest celebration each year. Through some mutual friends as both their children attended Cab Calloway High School for Performing Arts recommended John and Tommy get together. Tommy joined John  for a jam session in a dive in NJ, from there they got together occasional to jam. One day John called and asked if Tommy wanted to sit in on a gig with him the Aqua Sol restaurant in Bear. That was the start of what eventually became The Acoustic Jam. From that point on Tommy was key in managing and supporting the “Musician’s Showcase” which developed into the most popular musicians event in the area. Over time as John and Tommy continue to collaborate, Tommy’s musical displines were instrumental in orchestrating the harmonies that became their signature sound. That was over fours ago and he continues to perform with The Acoustic Jam throughout the Delaware and Maryland region