Jeff Denson Quartet
By inventively mixing the world of composed and improvised music, Jeff
Denson creates a unique language of his own. The music is steeped in
the jazz tradition, and the musicians are
master improvisers of harmonic structures, song forms, and melodic
invention. Where the music diverges from the jazz tradition and creates
its unique fingerprint is in the juxtaposition of the composed and
improvised material, the roles and uses of the instruments within the
compositions, its musical forms, and the unmistakably memorable melodic
The Jeff Denson Trio, with Dan Zemelman and Alan Hall, toured Europe with Lee Konitz in 2015.
Bassist/composer Jeff Denson is a recording artist
Records with his trio Minsarah, and with the Lee Konitz New Quartet.
He has performed at such prestigious international festivals as the JVC
Jazz Festival Paris, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Enjoy Jazz Festival,
and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and with such distinguished musicians
such as Bob Moses, Charlie Byrd, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner,
Geoffrey Keezer, Art Lande, Claudio Puntin, and Lee Konitz.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Minsarah, Adam Kolker, and the Jeff
Denson/Joshua White Project.
As a jazz/fusion bassoonist, Paul Hanson has
recorded and/or performed with
Bela Fleck, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Billy Childs, Grégoire Maret,
Billy Higgins, David Binney, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Patrice
Rushen, Alex Acuna, Dennis Chambers, Abraham Laboriel, Medeski Martin
& Wood, Bob Weirʼs RATDOG, Jonas Hellborg, Omar Sosa, Bob
Moses, Kai Eckhardt, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul McCandless, and Paul
As a sax player, Paul has recorded and/or performed with Eddie Money,
Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Tower of Power, Steve Smith, Tom Coster,
and Omar Sosa.
He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival,
the Berlin Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Festival,
the Leverkuzen Festival, the INTERLINK festival in Japan, the
California Edge Festival 2005, and at the 1999 NAMM show in Nashville.
Paul appeared here previously with Alon Nechushtan, and the Paul
Hanson/Jack Perla Duo.
Pianist Dan Zemelman studied with Richard Davis at
the UW Madison and received the
award as 'Best Jazz Artist' at UW Madison in 1996. In 1998 as part of
the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program,
Zemelman toured India and Sri Lanka.
After moving to the Bay Area in 2001, he contributed to
John Lee Hooker’s last studio album "Face to Face" and toured
South America with daughter Zakiya Hooker's band.
Dan currently plays with bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, and
Christian Tamburr, as well as his own quartet with
Erik Jekabson, which has performed at Yoshi’s Oakland, and SF
Jazz's Summerfest series.
In 2010, Dan and Mads Tolling performed for the Prince and Princess Of
Denmark at the
Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Dan has appeared at Chez Hanny with the Aaron Germain/Dan Zemelman
Quartet, Alex Murzyn, Dave Haskell, Dan Pratt, and his own trio.
Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded
with the following:
Taylor Eigsti, Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Art Lande,
Christian Jacob, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Eddie Harris, Bob Sheppard,
Paul McCandless, John Handy, Jimmy Haslip, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm,
Kai Eckhardt, John Clayton, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty
Buckley, Mark Murphy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil,
Teatro Zinzanni San Francisco and many others.
He has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Monterey Jazz
Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Barbados
International Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, BumberShoot Festival,
and Yoshi’s San Francisco.
He taught at Berklee College of Music from 1986 to 1993. He currently
teaches at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward,
The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, and UC Berkeley.
His sextet Rata-tet recently released it's first cd.
Alan was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Michael O'Neill, Charlie
McCarthy, Fiveplay, Sheldon Brown, Dave Haskell, and Ratzo Harris.