Kid Java Band Bios

Kid Java: Harmonica & Vocals
Before forming the band, leader/harp player Bill Ferns (a/k/a Kid Java) had performed and recorded with a range of artists including blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, and Big Mama Thornton, pop / folk artists Richie Havens and Dave Van Ronk, and contemporary rap performers Melle Mel and Afrika Bambataa. In 1984, Ferns launched Kid Java in order to present his own powerhouse style of blues-n-rhythm. Since that time, Kid Java has performed with such blues greats as Albert King, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, and Johnny Copeland, as well as performing regularly in NYC-area venues.   Send email to Kid Java

Scott "The Doctor" Treibitz: Keyboard & Vocals
Doc has played music since the age of 9. He has performed with bands that have toured with 80's teen heartthrob Debbie Gibson, Ozric Tentacles, Dixie Dregs and Dream Theater among others. Doc has also worked with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert on various projects including work as musical director on a Vanilla Fudge comeback CD. In the past few years Doc enjoyed his role as arranger and "musical director" for the NYC Blues Devils as well as the Le Scandal Cabaret show. Send email to Doc

Scott 'Hambone' Hamilton: Drums & Vocals
Hambone is one of the original Javanese. He has been playing drums since he was in grammar school. He played drums on Kid Java’s very first paying gig ($10 a musician) in 1969. In addition to the Rent Party, Hambone plays with the Senor Lucky blues band, the Rob Silverman Jazz Quartet, the progressive rock band Stone Asylum (, and the roots-rock/alt-country Haywood Brothers.Send email to Hambone

Kid Java: Copyright 2002, 2008 Bill Ferns. All rights reserved.
Revised: July 24, 2009



RIP Carlton Candler (1961-2008)