Bliss Rodriguez Trio
Pianist Bliss Rodriguez began his professional
career playing with guitarist and singer Jose Feliciano while still in
high school. He went on to study with jazz pedagogue John Mehegan and
pianist Lenny Tristano, as well as completing music degrees at Mannes
College of Music and Harpur College.
In the 60's and 70's he worked regularly in New York City, both as solo
pianist, and as accompanist to many singers, such as Roseanne Vitro.
Since moving to San Francisco in 1986 he has continued to work with
singers like Laurie Antonioli, Sherri Roberts and Robin Gregory, as
well as instrumentalists such as trumpeter Graham Bruce, and to perform
solo piano. In 2001, he toured Japan for 3 months with singer Tressa
Lewis. In 2013 he recorded "Lovely Days" with Sherri Roberts.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Ron Crotty, Sherri Roberts,
All of which only hints at the superb touch, extraordinary harmonic
imagination, and architectural brilliance of his playing. Bliss is the
Bay Area's best kept pianistic secret. Don't miss this opportunity.
Bassist Chris Amberger is a Berklee School
of Music graduate.
He has toured and recorded with many of the greats in jazz
Tommy Dorsey, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Red Garland, and Art
He has backed top vocalists such as Ernestine Anderson, Lorez
Alexandria, Ernie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy,
Anita O'Day, Marlena Shaw, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Eddie
Jefferson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and T.Bone Walker.
His instrumental cohorts have included Stan Kenton, Jaki
Byard, George Cables, Dorothy Donnegan, Philly Joe Jones,
Frank Butler, Charlie Persip, Donald Bailey, Akira Tana, Herb Ellis,
Gabor Szabo, Barney Kessel, John Scofield, Art Pepper,
Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Dexter Gordon, Charles Lloyd, Sonny
Stitt, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Doc
Cheatham, Woody Shaw, and Bobby Hutcherson.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Charlie McCarthy,
Dave Rocha, Grant Levin, and his own ensembles.
Drummer Akira Tana has worked with Sonny Rollins,
Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert
Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Tete Montoliu, Paul Winter,
Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath
Brothers, and Manhattan Transfer. He has appeared on over 150
Tana co-led a quintet with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which
released five CDs. A further five CDs followed with his own bands,
Otonowa, and The Secret Agent Men Band.
Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich, Jerome Sabbagh,
Jon Mayer, Knucklebean, Tim Armacost/David Berkman, and Michael Zilber.