Babatunde Lea Quartet

Babatunde Lea, drums.

Growing up in New York and later what he refers to as the hood of nearby Engelwood, New Jersey, Babatunde Lea has forged a career steeped in the rhythms of the Motherland of Africa and its Caribbean and South American diaspora.

He has appeared on record with Pharaoh Sanders, Van Morrison, McCoy Tyner and Stan Getz, and on stage with Leon Thomas, Joe Henderson, John Tchicai, Bobby Hutcherson, Oscar Brown Jr., Lonnie Liston Smith, and Kenny Kirkland. He has released four CDs as a leader, with sidemen including Frank Lacy, Hilton Ruiz, and Steve Turre.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Aaron Germain/Dan Zemelman Quartet.

Charles McNeal, saxophones.

Charles has performed and/or recorded with: John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, Brenda Boykin, Claire Dee, Jamie Davis, Lavay Smith, Barbara Morrison, Barbara Dennerlein, Junior Mance, Bruce Forman, Mark Elf, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Curtis Olson and Boz Scaggs, and studied with Phil Woods, Gary Foster and Rich Chiarluce.

George "Jazzbo" Spencer, piano.

Pianist George Spencer is based in the Bay Area, where he teaches between gigs with the likes of John Handy.

Geoff Brennan, bass.

Bassist Geoff Brennan is one of the most innovative and versatile young bass players on the jazz scene today. Geoff has spent the last several years traversing the globe performing at prestigious festivals including North Sea Jazz, JVC, and Montreal Jazz, and at the opening night of the new Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall.

In addition to his work with Omar Sosa, Geoff records and tours with such notables as Hilton Ruiz, Chico Freeman, and Mary Stallings.

Brennan also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Arizona State University.