"a little wasabi in a world of ketchup."


“Dog on Fleas has been performing together for several years now, and it shows on Cranberry Sauce Flotilla, their third CD for kids. Recorded mostly with a single microphone in band leader Dean Jones's living room in upstate New York, the songs exude loads of organic vitality. The group's use of fiddles, tubas, mandolins, acoustic guitars, and an upright piano, combined with their down-home song selections, will make you feel like you're listening to The Band, playing at Big Pink…This is wonderful music from a fantastically talented group.                      ”

12 Kids' Albums You Can't Live Without by Warren Truitt -- School Library Journal  

“In a more perfect world, Dog on Fleas would be among the best-known names in music for families….When I Get Little may be my favorite Dog on Fleas album…Dog on Fleas is a band in which each member shines equally…Like all great bands for kids, the music of Dog on Fleas works for all ages. When this outstanding band takes its place among the great names of kids’ music, you’ll be proud to say ‘I knew them when.”

Kathy O’Connell, Metro Kids Sound Off, WXPN, Philadelphia

“When I Get Little is a delightfully eclectic array of unique tunes tasting of bluegrass, Cajun, World, and straightforward rock. The album includes some real treasures, including ‘The Coo-Coo’, which boasts exotic balafons and djun-djun drums’ the ragtimey ‘Moon Song’; and the folksy, a cappella ‘Honeybaby.”

Mothering Magazine

“What's most shocking about this talented quintet is not how adeptly they surf from one genre to another (one minute you're kicking up your heels at a hootenanny; the next you're toe-tapping on a Mississippi riverboat or swing-dancing at a Jazz Age supper club). Instead, it's the fact that When I Get Little is this group's fourth CD: After rollicking along to the call-and-response eco-anthem "Trees," or the ska-tinged Humpty Dumpty tale "What's Behind the Wall," you'll surely question why you haven't heard of them before. In this golden age of children's music, Dog on Fleas deserves to finally emerge from under the radar.”

Christopher Healy, Cookie Magazine

“The key to Dog on Fleas’ listenability is a real musical virtuosity. Accordingly, the eclectic music is simultaneously tight and playful with lyrics both fun and thoughtful. When I Get Little is an album with easy appeal across the age spectrum.  Dog on Fleas walk the creative tightrope of child-like music that isn’t childish.”

Richard Klin, Blue Coupe Magazine

“When I Get Little is #7 on Zooglobble’s Favorite Kids' Albums of 2006 “Fans of Dan Zanes' music should especially check out this album…you'll find it a vibrant and joyous experience.  Highly recommended.””

Stefan Sheperd, Zooglobble

“Dean has come to our school several times and it’s always a huge success. His songwriting workshops are fun and engaging and the kids get a real kick out of performing their own work in front of the whole school with a real band backing them up. The shows have been a yearly highlight for our Assembly program and we hope to have him back on a regular basis!”

Ben Houston, PTA Assembly Coordinator, Zena Elementary, Kingston, NY

“We just had our kick off program with a great band called "Dog On Fleas". They are great musicians, catering to kids of all ages and their adult counterparts (sometimes hard to do), professional, creative, and overall, a lot of fun - we had a terrific turnout!  The kids, adults and librarians all had a terrific time dancing.  Many came back the next day to find out more about the band members and recommend a return engagement!  Highly recommended!”

Ginny Neidermier, Director, Josephine-Louise Public Library, Walden, NY

“The Dog on Fleas performance at Moore Memorial Library was electrifying from start to finish. The group had everyone singing and dancing along for the entire performance. I would highly recommend Dog on Fleas to all who are looking for a top quality, all ages friendly program.

Mary King, Library Director, Moore Memorial Library, Greene, NY

“Dean Jones is a gifted teacher and musician, and his songwriting workshop for kids is a fantastic program.  Dean encouraged kids to be both silly and serious, and showed them the actual results of working together and seeing the project through.  Highly recommended!”

Jennifer Metzger, Rosendale Elementary, Rosendale, NY

“Dog On Fleas conducted one of the most inventive, creative and progressive songwriting/ performance workshops in the history of our school. Dean Jones is an incredibly gifted and multi-talented artist who created a safe and stimulating environment for our kids to create and perform. His innovative way of extracting shared subject matter, and turning them into group songs (that were performed for the entire community) was a remarkable feat. Through this experience, the kids were able to gain confidence in their ability to create original music. They were also able to experience the outcome of their collaborations through performance. At the conclusion, the Dog On Fleas band got everyone dancing by performing a couple of high energy numbers that made everyone feel good! What a treat. Whether you invite them to enhance your arts in education schedule, or present them on a big stage - this group is a must have.”

Damon Banks, music teacher at Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie, NY