Keith Saunders Trio
Pianist Keith Saunders spent his formative years in
Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Horace Silver.
Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie
Harris, Roy McCurdy, Bill Holman, and
Bill Watrous, as well as recording with Dick
Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency.
After moving to New York City in 1984, Keith worked and/or recorded
with Richie Cole, Richie Vitale, Hank Crawford, Mickey Roker, Ralph
LaLama, Frank Wess, and Valery Ponamarev. In 1991, Keith
became the leader of The NY HardBop
Quintet, a cooperative unit featuring Joe Magnarelli and Jerry Weldon,
which released four recordings for the TCB Montreux Jazz label.
Relocated to the Bay Area, Keith appears with Calvin Keys,
Jim Grantham, Chris Amberger, Patrick Wolff, Erik Jekabson, and Ron
Keith appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Robb Fisher-Keith
Bassist Eric Markowitz, born and raised in New
Jersey, never thought much of growing up 30 minutes away from the jazz
mecca of New York City. That all changed when half way through his
college studies in St. Louis, he met world renowned jazz drummer Joe
Charles. Eric spent the next few years apprenticed under local St.
Louis legends Joe Charles and saxophonist/composer Jimmy Sherrod.
Markowitz quickly became one of the leading jazz bassists in St. Louis,
voted 4 years in a row best jazz group in St. Louis while playing with
the David Stone Trio.
Having decided that the St. Louis Jazz community was just too small, he
moved to San Francisco in 2004, and was quickly integrated into the
local jazz scene, performing with players such as Patrick
Wolff, Adam Shulman, Scott Larson, Jeffrey Burr, Jay Standards, Joe
Cohen, Smith Dobson, Scott Foster, and Vince Lateano.
Drummer Smith Dobson has been performing in the
Bay Area for nearly twenty years at venues such as the San Jose and
San Francisco Jazz Festivals, Yerba Buena Theater, The Kuumbwa Jazz
Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Pearl's, Bacar, Bruno's, The Make-Out Room,
Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, The
Jazz School, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and The Intersection of the
Dobson has had the honor of working with great jazz artists,
locally and internationally, such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John
Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip
Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewekes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah, Darren
Johnston, Charlie Shoemake, Will Bernard, Kenny Brooks, William
Wynant, the San Francisco
Contemporary Music Players, and Anthony Davis.
He also performs on vibraphone and saxophone.
He appeared here previously with the Evan Francis / Darren Johnston
Quartet, and the Matt Renzi Cello Quartet.