Matt Renzi Cello Quartet
Originally from San Francisco, currently living in Rome, Italy,
multi-reedist (tenor saxophone, oboe and English
horn) and composer Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Music (Performance) from the Berklee
College of Music and Master’s in Arts (Classical Composition)
from San Francisco State University. Some of his teachers include Joe
Henderson and South Indian Vocalist R.A. Ramamani.
Matt can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award
winning “Lines and Ballads” (Fresh Sound Records)
as well as his latest release entitled “Lunch
Special” (Three P’s Records) which features his New
As a sideman, Matt has performed and recorded with Marc
Johnson, Tony Scott, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, David Kikoski,
Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Bobo Stenson and the Berlin
Philharmonic String Quintet.
He has appeared twice previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall, and three times with his New York trio.
Misha Khalikulov is a cellist from San Francisco, CA. He was born in the
former U.S.S.R. republic of Uzbekistan and immigrated to the United States
with his family at the age of 3.
In the course of his classical music
studies, he had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed cellists Peter
Wyrick of the San Francisco Symphony and Antonio Lysy, professor of cello
Moving back to San Francisco, he began to pursue a career that
was no longer moving in an exclusively classical direction. He joined the
band Rupa and the April Fishes, which has taken him on tour to 24
countries in the last 4 years. With them, he has performed on many
international festival stages around the world and recorded on their new
album, Build, released in Fall 2012.
Drummer Smith Dobson V 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.
Bassist Kim Cass began his musical journey in his home state
of Maine. With a strong passion for the electric bass guitar, he
excelled in grade school
jazz competitions. In high school, Kim began studying the doublebass,
quickly made practicing this challenging instrument his priority.
Upon graduating, Mr. Cass travelled to the New England Conservatory, in Boston.
Here he found a wealth of great instructors and settings to develop as a
bassist and composer. George Garzone, Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, and Joe
Maneri were among his most influential teachers.
Kim is currently an
active freelance bassist and composer living in Oakland. He is
recording a self titled solo project set to be released on the Table
and Chairs label in Seattle.