Scott Amendola 3-in-1

Photo by Lenny Gonzalez

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, John Scofield, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, and Paul McCandless.

Scott was heard here previously with "Plays Monk", Scott Amendola Quartet, and Emil Viklickż.

Tenor saxophonist Raffi Garabedian hails from Berkeley, California, and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a member of their award-winning Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager, Raffi studied with Dayna Stephens. He went on to attend the New School from 2006-2010, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and studied with Bill McHenry, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, and Andrew Cyrille.

Raffi has recorded and performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, and Dayna Stephens. He helped found the brass band Brass Magic, and plays with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra in San Francisco.

He teaches regularly at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Marta Sanchez, and Noah Garabedian.

Bassist Zachary Ostroff performed for President Obama and the UN in New York City during COP20, and made his debut performance as a leader at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He was also featured in the HBO Series Masterclass, performing with Joshua Bell in New York and London.

His summer 2018 performance schedule includes concerts with Scott Amendola in Berkley, with Ibrahim Maalouf and Angelique Kidjo in Vienne, France, with Ibrahim Maalouf and Wynton Marsalis in Marciac, France, and with ​ Taylor Eigsti and Eric Harland at Stanford University.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Zemelman.