Bernal Jazz Quartet

Photo by Beverly Tharp

Vibraphonist Jim Zimmerman has had a varied career in percussion. After graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory, Jim spent the following years working in the Bay Area playing jazz, and doing recording, studio, and show work. He became staff percussionist and drummer at the Circle Star Theater where he performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the Temptations, Spinners, and Jackson Five.

Jim left the Circle Star Theater to join the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio, with whom he recorded some of the Charlie Brown Peanuts specials. In 1982, he joined the British jazz singer Cleo Laine. He recorded five albums with Cleo including the Grammy winning "Live at Carnegie" double album. From 1992 to 2004 toured with jazz Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur.

Jim has also recorded and played with Toots Thielmans, Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Blue Mitchell.

Jim appeared here previously (on drums) with Khalil Shaheed and Daria Nile, and on vibes with Bernal Jazz Quintet, and Chuck Metcalf Tribute.

Michael Gold has been playing jazz saxophone in the Bay Area for years. The son of arranger, big band leader, and RCA recording artist Marty Gold, he grew up listening to the standards of such songwriters as the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Rodgers and Hart. Though his regular quartet plays modern jazz (Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd) as well as its own original music, he also feel a strong a connection to those earlier tuneful melodies from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway.

The Michael Gold Quartet features Paul Mindrup on piano, Tom Hassett on drums, and Scott Chapek on bass. An earlier version of the quartet, with Sean Nelson on drums and Matt Montgomery on bass, recorded "Personal Standards" on the Evander Music label.

Michael is also heard frequently with guitarist Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert.

He appeared here previously with Bernal Jazz Quintet.

Bassist Chuck Bennett has toured with Louis Bellson, the Beach Boys, and Maynard Ferguson. In California, he has played with Tom Scott and Art Pepper. He has extensive recording experience in Los Angeles and San Francisco for films, commercials, live theatre, and live radio. He is an accomplished bass trombonist with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

Chuck has appeared at Chez Hanny previously with The Trio: Denny Berthiaume, Chuck Bennett and Curt Moore.

Drummer Curt Moore has over 100 recordings to his credit, and has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Brown, Joyce Cooling, John Clayton, Richard Davis, Ian Dogole, Pete Escovedo, Bruce Forman, Mimi Fox, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Heath, Jackie and Roy, Andy Narell, Rufus Reid, Francois Rabatth, and Turtle Island String Quartet.

Curt is currently teaching workshops and clinics in Bay Area schools and private lessons at his studio in South San Francisco.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny previously with The Trio: Denny Berthiaume, Chuck Bennett and Curt Moore, Soul Sauce, Jon Eriksen, and Dave Haskell.