Adam Shulman Septet “The West Coast Jazz Project”

San Francisco pianist/composer Adam Shulman presents a new septet project with new music written in the style of 50s west coast bands led by folks such as Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan etc.  

Pianist Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he received a degree in classical performance. While at UCSC he studied jazz piano with Smith Dobson.

Adam can be seen as a sideman with Bay Area musicians Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Erik Jekabson, Ed Reed, Mike Olmos, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber, and internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bria Skonberg, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In addition to his sideman work, Adam is a composer and arranger. He has released 4 albums of original music under his name. He has also done much of the arranging work for the jazz and cabaret singer Paula West.

Adam appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens, Harvey Wainapel, Ian Carey, Patrick Wolff, Ratzo Harris, Mark Lewis, and the Adam Shulman Sextet.

Charlie McCarthy is a saxophonist who has played and recorded with many of the greats in Jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Sarah Vaughan, Bobbie Hutcherson, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Louie Bellson, Joe Lovano, James Moody, and Maria Schneider.

Charlie graduated from San Francisco State College where he was a member of the quintet which was named the best in the Intercollegiate Music Festival.

While serving in the Air Force Band in Germany he won a scholarship to Berklee school of music in Boston, where he studied composition and saxophone with Andy McGhee and Joe Viola.

Charlie did stints on the road with "Grease", The Beach Boys, and Van Morrison before landing a gig with Lena Horne. "Working in a jazz quintet behind Lena was one of my best experiences," says Charlie.

He then settled in San Francisco, working Broadway Shows and all manner of jazz gigs: trios, quartets, quintets, big bands, guitar/flute duos, salsa bands, Al Molina's Latin-Bebop Band, "The Bandidos", Latin Jazz Fusion with "Canoneo", and Mark Levine's Nonet with Woody Shaw.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with his own quartet, and the Noewl Jewkes Septet.

Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator, originally from New York, and currently residing in San Francisco.

Wolff attended New York University, where he studied with Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, Frank Foster, Ron McClure, and Frank Kimbrough.

Patrick has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Shane Endsley, Josh Roseman, Judi Silvano, Ron McClure, Louis Hayes, Tootie Heath, Peter Bernstein, Larry Grenadier, Matt Wilson, Drew Gress, Marcus Gilmore, Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Lovano, George Cables, Marcus Belgrave, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Ray Drummond, Graham Connah, Marcus Shelby, Andrew Speight, the San Francisco Jazz Orchestra, and Mike Johnson’s 8-Legged Monster.

He appeared here previously with Adam Shulman, and the Patrick Wolff Sextet.

Mike Olmos (trumpet) was raised in Merced, CA. He moved to the Bay Area in 1997 to attend California State University, Hayward, to pursue a degree in music.

He has performed with Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, The Stan Kenton Alumni Big Band, Michael Feinstein, Jon Hendricks, Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Madeline Eastman, Lavay Smith, the Contemorary Jazz Orchestra, and the Fil Lorenz Nonet/Big Band.

He has recorded with Matt Catingub, Rosemary Clooney, Mike Vax, Cannonball, Madeline Eastman, and The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.

He performed at Chez Hanny previously with Adam Shulman, and Anne Sajdera.

Trombonist John Gove is a Full Professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, and Director of Jazz Studies at Laney College. He holds a MM and BM from Eastman School of Music.

He has performed and/or recorded with Terence Blanchard, the Mingus Dynasty, Maria Schneider, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Dr. John, Peter Gabriel, Huey Lewis, and Smashmouth.

He is the winner of two Downbeat awards for composition and arranging, and his arrangements have been commissioned and performed by such artists as Ledisi with the Count Basie Orchestra, and the SFJazz All Stars.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Ratatet.

One of the most in demand bassists in the Bay Area, John Wiitala has played with Jessica Williams, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete Jolly, Joe Henderson, Akira Tana, Vince Lateano, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Forman, Rebecca Parris, Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, and Jackie Ryan, among many others.

John was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Faith Winthrop, Michele Rosewoman, Patrick Wolff, Mark Levine, Peck Allmond, Scott Barnhill, Harvey Wainapel, Erik Jekabson, Tim Armacost/David Berkman, and John Klopotowski.

Drummer Evan Hughes was born and raised in Berkeley. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and performed with the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band, and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Orchestra.

While at NYU, he studied with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, and Dafnis Prieto.

He has participated in tours of Europe, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Costa Rica, and played at many prestigious New York City jazz clubs such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, and The Jazz Gallery.

Since graduating NYU, Evan has worked closely with multi-grammy winning producer and composer Don Sickler, developing the "Jazz Drum Corner".

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt, Erik Jekabson, Noah Garabedian, and Marta Sanchez.