Michael Zilber's
“Originals for the Originals”

Michael Zilber is a San Francisco-based saxophonist and composer. Jazz legend Dave Liebman calls him “one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!”

He has released 11 albums as a leader, the latest being Originals for the Originals, his homage to saxophone giants, which has been hailed by 2015 Jazz DJ of the year Brad Stone as "one of the premier releases of all time on Origin Records of Seattle." Featuring Dave Kikoski, James Genus and Clarence Penn, the album was released in January 2017. In late 2016, he and guitar virtuoso John Stowell released Basement Blues, their 3rd recording together on Origin Records.

Zilber is currently a sideman in trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson’s Stringtet, as well as playing and composing for the highly regarded Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, whose recent release Cheap Rent received 4.5 stars in DownBeat.

Zilber also teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory where his student groups have won more than a dozen national DownBeat awards.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Michael Zilber Quartet, the John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet, and MQW Trio with Michael Zilber.


Listen to “Originals for the Originals”

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Matt Clark holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has performed and/or recorded with such jazz icons as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, Jon Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and Teddy Edwards, as well as practically everyone who appeared at Jazz at Pearl's in it's heyday.

He was here previously with Larry Schneider, Steve Heckman, Noel Jewkes, Mitch Marcus, Mandala, Sheldon Brown, Harvey Wainapel, and the Robb Fisher - Matt Clark Trio.

Peter Barshay is a veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes. Peter has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Baron, Jimmy Rowles, Tommy Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band, Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin, Joe Chambers, Armen Donelian, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Mike Stern, Art Lande, and Paul McCandless.

Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Harvey Wainapel, Steve Lockwood, Michael O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Edward Simon, Joshua Breakstone, Armen Donelian, and Larry Schneider.


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 recordings.

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, and Tim Armacost/David Berkman.