David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet

NYC veteran musicians, David Ambrosio and Russ Meissner present their debut recording together entitled MOMENTS IN TIME, released in 2016 on SteepleChase Recordings. Making music together for 20 years now, MOMENTS IN TIME showcases the music of these long time musical compatriots. This tour features the ensemble from the recording.

Bassist and composer David Ambrosio, originally from the New York area, currently resides in NYC where he works as a freelance musician and educator. He leads the David Ambrosio Trio and David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet, and is the co-leader of two collaborative bands, Grupo Los Santos and 40Twenty, as well as being a part of many groups including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, the Matt Renzi Trio, Eri Yamamoto Trio, and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra led by Jim McNeely.

He has also performed with such jazz greats as Kenny Werner, Buddy DeFranco, George Garzone, Joseph Jarman, and Ralph Alessi.

He appeared here previously with the Matt Renzi Trio.


New York drummer/composer Russ Meissner is currently involved with several projects, including Jim Campilongo and Honeyfingers, the Sean Smith Quartet, the Matt Renzi Trio, the Kenny Wessel Group, the JC Sanford Quartet, the Pre-War Ponies, the Jack Grace Band, and the Silos.

Russ grew up in Toronto Canada and attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where he studied with John Riley and Rufus Reid, graduating with a BA in jazz performance.

As a vital part of the New York music scene, Russ has performed with diverse artists including John Abercrombie, Bill Charlap, Norah Jones, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. He can be heard on more than thirty albums and has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Israel and Japan.

He appeared here previously with the Matt Renzi Trio.


Nate Radley is Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer.

Nate’s most recent CD is entitled “Morphoses” and was released in 2014 on Fresh Sound/New Talent, and features Loren Stillman, Matt Pavolka, and Ted Poor. Previous releases are 2013’s “Carillon” on Steeplechase, with Chris Cheek, Matt Clohesy, and Ted Poor, and 2012’s “The Big Eyes” on Fresh Sound/New Talent, with Loren Stillman, Pete Rende, Matt Pavolka, and Ted Poor.

Nate has performed with Loren Stillman, Alan Ferber, Sean Smith, Marc Mommaas, Kris Davis, Jon Gordon, Chris Cheek, Adam Nussbaum, John O’Gallagher, Shane Endsley, Tony Moreno, Maria Schneider, Andy Statman, Aruan Ortiz, Andrew Rathbun, and Rich Perry.

Nate studied jazz guitar and composition at New England Conservatory with John Abercrombie, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell.


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).

Matt has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Bob Moses, Ralph Alessi, Bobo Stenson, and the Berlin Philharmanic Quintet.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall, the Matt Renzi Trio, the Matt Renzi Cello Quartet, and Matt Renzi "Three Yard Mile".


Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer, Loren Stillman studied with Lee Konitz, David Liebman, and Harvey Pittel. He attended Manhattan School of Music (1998), and The New School (2002), on full music scholarship, and was a semifinalist in the 2002 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition.

In addition to leading his own ensembles, Stillman has performed and recorded with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Michael Formanek, Ralph Alessi, Andy Milne, Michele Rosewoman, Tyshawn Sorey, Brad Shepik, Vic Juris, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Stillman’s original recordings, Going Public (Fresh Sound 2013), Winter Fruits (Pirouet 2008), It Could Be Anything (Fresh Sound, 2005), The Brothers’ Breakfast (Steeplechase, 2006), and Blind Date (Pirouet, 2006), received critical acclaim from The New York Times, New Yorker, and four star recognition in BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man Magazine, and Downbeat.


Leonard Thompson is a second generation jazz pianist, raised in Capistrano Beach, California, and currently active in New York. Over the past twenty years he has lent a unique voice as an accompanist, composer and soloist to a diverse array of bandleaders and vocalists, including recordings or performances with Donald Bailey, Jamie Baum, Vicki Burns, Sasha Dobson, Madeline Eastman, Stephanie Haynes, Cleo Laine, Eddie Marshall, Justin Morell, Matt Otto, Madeleine Peyroux, Jack Prather, Jackie Ryan, Dave Scott, Marlena Shaw, Sonny Simmons, Mary Stallings, Jacob Varmus, Patty Waters, and Paula West.

His debut release as a leader, "Wayfare", is a piano trio set of original material, with bassist Ryan McGillicuddy and drummer Mark Ferber.

Leonard was heard here previously with Mitch Marcus, Charlie McCarthy, Dave Scott, and Eddie Marshall.