Dave Haskell Group
The new CD by the Dave Haskell Group, PIVOT POINT,
is now available.
Produced by Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion), this
recording features Dave's regular group, plus guest artists including
long time friends and founding members of the Yellowjackets, Robben
Ford, guitar, Russell Ferrante, piano and synthesizer, and Jimmy
Haslip, bass, along with Robben Ford Band veteran, Toss Panos on drums.
Guitarist and composer Dave Haskell has had an
unusual career, with two stints as a professional musician bracketing
two decades as a commercial pilot.
He began as a blues-playing teenager mentored by Robben Ford, before
falling in with a succession of exceptional pianists based in the Bay
Area, including Larry Vuckovich, Smith Dobson, Larry Dunlap, and Mike
Nock, who featured the guitarist on a gig with his seminal fusion combo
"The Fourth Way" at the Great American Music Hall.
In the late 70's he worked for several years with tenor saxophonist and
jazz/rock fusion pioneer
Jim Pepper, in a band with bassist Ratzo Harris and pianist Russell
Ferrante (who went on to found the Yellowjackets). Other work followed
with Mark Soskin, Jeff Lorber, Merl Saunders, Randy Crawford, and the
LA based fusion band "Rush Hour", before Dave's career change to
Retired from piloting, Dave is composing and playing seriously again,
leading his own groups with top Bay Area musicians such as Matt Clark,
Adam Shulman, Gabe Davis, Phil Thompson, Dan Zemelman, Curt
Moore, and his distinguished colleagues below.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Dave Haskell Group.
Pianist and keyboardist Steve Carter has performed
Escovedo, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Linda Tillery, Bill Summers, Andy
Narell, Billy Cobham, George Benson, Bobby Womack, Kenneth Nash,
Nicolas Bearde, Don Cherry, Los Mocosos, and Taj Mahal. He currently
leads his own trio with Dennis Smith and Tommie Bradford, and is active
as a studio musician and songwriter.
Bassist Aaron Germain has performed with Yusef
Jordan, Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Washington, Paula West, Faye
Carrol, Calvin Keyes, Mimi Fox, Eddie Marshall, Babatunde Lea, Akira
Tana, Nguyen Le and Paul McCandless.
He has appeared at New York City's Blue Note, Washington DC's Blues
Alley, Scullers and The House of Blues in Boston, Yoshi's, Jazz at
Pearls, Kuumbwa, Sweetwater, Freight and Salvage, and the Great
Pyramids of Egypt (really).
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Jacqui Naylor, Dave Haskell,
and the Aaron Germain/Dan Zemelman Quartet.
Drummer Alan Hall has played and/or recorded with:
bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff and Kai Eckhardt; guitarists Larry
Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; saxophonists Ernie Watts,
Paul McCandless, Bob Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie
Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom
Coster, Kit Walker and Smith Dobson; and vocalists Mark Murphy and
He is a faculty member of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA. and a
participating faculty member of The Brubeck Institute, University of
the Pacific, Stockton. CA. He was previously a member of the percussion
faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993, and the
University of California at Berkeley from 1998-2000.
Alan was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Michael O'Neill, Charlie
McCarthy, Fiveplay, Sheldon Brown, and Ratzo Harris.