Saxophonist Tim Armacost has worked with jazz greats
including Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart,
Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy
Hargrove, Don Friedman, and Randy Brecker.
He is a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke/CMA “New Works” award.
Four of his compositions were arranged by Michael Abene and Jim McNeely
and recorded by Holland’s acclaimed Metropole Orchestra. Wynton
Marsalis commissioned Armacost’s original composition and arrangement,
“The Repose in All Things,” which is featured on the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Orchestra’s recent recording Jazz and Art II.
Armacost has recorded 14 critically acclaimed albums as a leader,
performed on more than 60 as a sideman, and has recorded over 100
original songs and arrangements. His most recent leader outing, "Time
Being", featuring Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts and Bob Hurst received 4 stars in
Downbeat magazine, and has met with critical acclaim around the world.
Armacost co-leads the New York Standards Quartet, the Brooklyn Big
Band, and In Trio, and is currently working on music for two new
projects: a chord-less quartet featuring Gary Smulyan, John Patitucci
and Al Foster, and a new quartet with Jim Ridl, Ugonna Okegwo and Rudy
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with New York Standards Quartet,
and Tim Armacost/David Berkman Quartet.
Pianist Keith Saunders spent his formative years in
Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Horace Silver.
Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie
Harris, Roy McCurdy, Bill Holman, and
Bill Watrous, as well as recording with Dick
Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency.
After moving to New York City in 1984, Keith worked and/or recorded
with Richie Cole, Richie Vitale, Hank Crawford, Mickey Roker, Ralph
LaLama, Frank Wess, and Valery Ponamarev. In 1991, Keith
became the leader of The NY HardBop
Quintet, a cooperative unit featuring Joe Magnarelli and Jerry Weldon,
which released four recordings for the TCB Montreux Jazz label.
Relocated to the Bay Area, Keith appears with Calvin Keys,
Jim Grantham, Chris Amberger, Patrick Wolff, Erik Jekabson, Smith
Dobson, Peppe Merolla, and Dave Rocha.
Keith appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Robb Fisher-Keith
Saunders Trio, Frank Tusa, Peck Allmond, Michael Zilber, Dave Rocha,
Erik Jekabson, Noel Jewkes, George Cotsirilos, Richie Vitale, and the Keith Saunders
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
Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Harvey Wainapel, Steve
O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Edward Simon, Joshua Breakstone,
Armen Donelian, Debbie Poryes, Shoebox Orchestra, Peter Barshay Trio,
Karen & Norbert Stachel & LehCats, and Larry Schneider.
Drummer Ron Vincent was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet
and Mr. Mulligan’s Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr.
Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan,
and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob
Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton.
Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, Karrin Allyson,
Jimmy Heath, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid, and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a
leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area
and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe.
Ron has presented workshops at over 80 Colleges and Universities, and
has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the
Stanford Jazz Camp. In 1996 he received a National Endowment for the
Arts grant for jazz performance.