Scott Amendola Quartet
Drummer Scott Amendola
applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of
settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff
Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades,
ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg.
As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with Bill Frisell,
John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Jacky Terrasson, Larry
Goldings, Sex Mob, Dave Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian
Priester, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Peter
Apfelbaum, Jim Campilongo, Will Bernard, Paul McCandless, and Mark
Scott was heard here previously with "Plays Monk", and with Emil
Clarinetist Ben Goldberg received his undergraduate
from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in
Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent
clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.
Ben’s first important group "New Klezmer Trio" recorded three
cds. Other recordings include two by "Junk Genius", with John Schott,
Trevor Dunn, and Kenny
Wollesen, "Light at the Crossroads", co-led with Marty
Ehrlich, "the door, the hat, the chair, the fact", dedicated
to Steve Lacy, "Speech Communication" with Greg Cohen and Kenny
Wollesen, "Baal: The Book of Angels Vol. 15", featuring the music of
John Zorn, "Unfold Ordinary Mind" with Ellery Eskelin, Rob Sudduth,
Nels Cline, and Ches Smith,
and "Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues" with Joshua Redman and Ron
Ben currently performs with "Tin Hat", and appears on three of their
He has worked with Andrew Hill, Bobby Bradford, John Zorn, Cecil
Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Myra Melford and Nels Cline, among many others.
Ben appeared here previously with "Clarinet Thing", "Plays Monk", and
Saxophonist Joshua Smith began gigging around his
hometown of Cleveland, Ohio at age 14.
Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, Joshua has been playing with
many of that area's finest jazz musicians,
at venues including SF City Hall, the Legion of Honor, The De Young
Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and Yoshi's San Francisco.
Nationally and internationally, he has performed at The North Sea Jazz
Festival, The Blue Note Jazz Festival, The
Glastonbury Festival, Chicago's 'Empty Bottle', The Knitting Factory in
NYC, The Stone in NYC, 'Teatro Fondamenta Nuove' in Venice,
The Outpost in New Mexico,
The Detroit Institute of Art, The Tri-C Jazzfest, The Louisville
Jazz Festival, etc.
He has perfomed with artists including Cuong Vu, Nels Cline, Peter
Rowan, Joe Maneri, Myra Melford, Tim Berne, Clyde Stubblefield, Nate
Wooley, Chris Jonas, Jolie Holland,
Karla Khilsteadt, Todd Sickafoose, Sean Hayes, Trevor Dunn, and Scott
"Joshua Smith plays saxophone on a world-class level." -Harvey Pekar,
Bassist John Shifflett
has performed with Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie
Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma
Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, and
In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs, Eric Crystal, the Mike
Zilber/Steve Smith quartet, the Scott Amendola Band, the Taylor Eigsti
Trio, the Paul Nagel Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies, the
Will Bernard Quartet, Anton Schwartz, Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben
Goldberg, Tim Volpicella, and many others.
John was heard here previously with Dave Mac Nab, Dave Scott, Michael
Zilber, John Stowell, Chuck Manning, Sheldon Brown, Emil Viklicky, and
the Harvey Wainapel / Phil Grenadier Group.