Scott Amendola Quartet

Drummer Scott Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Jacky Terrasson, Larry Goldings, Sex Mob, Dave Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Peter Apfelbaum, Jim Campilongo, Will Bernard, Paul McCandless, and Mark Turner.

Scott was heard here previously with "Plays Monk", and with Emil Viklický.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg received his undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.

Ben’s first important group "New Klezmer Trio" recorded three cds. Other recordings include two by "Junk Genius", with John Schott, Trevor Dunn, and Kenny Wollesen, "Light at the Crossroads", co-led with Marty Ehrlich,  "the door, the hat, the chair, the fact", dedicated to Steve Lacy, "Speech Communication" with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen, "Baal: The Book of Angels Vol. 15", featuring the music of John Zorn, "Unfold Ordinary Mind" with Ellery Eskelin, Rob Sudduth, Nels Cline, and Ches Smith, and "Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues" with Joshua Redman and Ron Miles.

Ben currently performs with "Tin Hat", and appears on three of their recordings. He has worked with Andrew Hill, Bobby Bradford, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Myra Melford and Nels Cline, among many others.

Ben appeared here previously with "Clarinet Thing", "Plays Monk", and Myra Melford.

Saxophonist Joshua Smith began gigging around his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio at age 14. Since moving to San Francisco in 2004, Joshua has been playing with many of that area's finest jazz musicians, at venues including SF City Hall, the Legion of Honor, The De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and Yoshi's San Francisco.

Nationally and internationally, he has performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Blue Note Jazz Festival, The Glastonbury Festival, Chicago's 'Empty Bottle', The Knitting Factory in NYC, The Stone in NYC, 'Teatro Fondamenta Nuove' in Venice, The Outpost in New Mexico, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Tri-C Jazzfest, The Louisville Jazz Festival, etc.

He has perfomed with artists including Cuong Vu, Nels Cline, Peter Rowan, Joe Maneri, Myra Melford, Tim Berne, Clyde Stubblefield, Nate Wooley, Chris Jonas, Jolie Holland, Karla Khilsteadt, Todd Sickafoose, Sean Hayes, Trevor Dunn, and Scott Amendola.

"Joshua Smith plays saxophone on a world-class level." -Harvey Pekar, Jazziz Magazine

Bassist John Shifflett has performed with Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, and Kendra Shank.

In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs, Eric Crystal, the Mike Zilber/Steve Smith quartet, the Scott Amendola Band, the Taylor Eigsti Trio, the Paul Nagel Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies, the Will Bernard Quartet, Anton Schwartz, Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella, and many others.

John was heard here previously with Dave Mac Nab, Dave Scott, Michael Zilber, John Stowell, Chuck Manning, Sheldon Brown, Emil Viklicky, and the Harvey Wainapel / Phil Grenadier Group.