Bernal Jazz Quartet
Photo by Beverly Tharp
Vibraphonist Jim Zimmerman
has had a varied career in percussion. After graduating from the San
Francisco Conservatory, Jim spent the following years working in the
Bay Area playing jazz, and doing recording, studio, and show work. He
became staff percussionist and drummer at the Circle Star Theater where
he performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the
Temptations, Spinners, and Jackson Five.
Jim left the Circle Star Theater to join the legendary Vince Guaraldi
Trio, with whom he recorded some of the Charlie Brown Peanuts specials.
In 1982, he joined the British jazz singer Cleo Laine. He recorded five
albums with Cleo including the Grammy winning "Live at Carnegie" double
album. From 1992 to 2004 toured with jazz Grammy winning vocalist
Jim has also recorded and played with Toots Thielmans, Joe Williams,
Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Blue Mitchell.
Jim appeared here previously (on drums) with Khalil Shaheed and Daria
Nile, and on vibes with Bernal Jazz Quintet, and Chuck Metcalf Tribute.
has been playing jazz saxophone in the Bay Area for years. The son of
arranger, big band leader, and RCA recording artist Marty Gold, he grew
up listening to the standards of such songwriters as the Gershwins,
Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hart. Though his regular quartet plays
modern jazz (Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd) as
well as its own original music, he also feel a strong a connection to
those earlier tuneful melodies from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway.
The Michael Gold Quartet features Paul Mindrup on piano, Tom Hassett on
drums, and Scott Chapek on bass. An earlier version of the quartet,
with Sean Nelson on drums and Matt Montgomery on bass, recorded
"Personal Standards" on the Evander Music label.
Michael is also heard frequently with guitarist Bruno
He appeared here previously with Bernal Jazz Quintet.
Bassist Chuck Bennett
has toured with Louis Bellson, the Beach Boys, and Maynard Ferguson. In
California, he has played with Tom Scott and Art Pepper. He has
extensive recording experience in Los Angeles and San Francisco for
films, commercials, live theatre, and live radio. He is an accomplished
bass trombonist with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
Chuck has appeared at Chez Hanny previously with The Trio: Denny
Berthiaume, Chuck Bennett and Curt Moore.
Drummer Curt Moore has over 100 recordings to his
credit, and has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Brown,
John Clayton, Richard Davis, Ian Dogole, Pete Escovedo, Bruce Forman,
Mimi Fox, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Heath, Jackie and Roy, Andy Narell, Rufus
Reid, Francois Rabatth, and Turtle Island String Quartet.
Curt is currently teaching workshops and clinics in Bay Area schools
and private lessons at his studio in South San Francisco.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny previously with The Trio: Denny
Berthiaume, Chuck Bennett and Curt Moore, Soul Sauce, Jon Eriksen, and