Calvin Keys Trio

Guitarist Calvin Keys has had an extraordinary almost fifty year career that included long periods with jazz legends Ahmad Jamal, Earl “Fatha” Hines, and Ray Charles.

He has worked extensively with giants of the Hammond organ like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Trudy Pitts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Doug Carn, and Papa De Francesco.

Other jazz masters he has performed with include Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Stanley Turrentine, George Coleman, Red Holloway, Oscar Brown Jr, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jean Carn.

While performing is always a priority for Calvin Keys, he has found time to record 14 CD’s as a leader.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Calvin Keys Trio.

Hammond organist Brian Ho began playing piano at the age of five, taking lessons at both Stanford and San Jose State. By the age of sixteen, he began to play professionally. One of the most influential experiences he had was playing organ for an African American Baptist Church for several years as a teenager.

Brian is fortunate to play with some of the finest musicians, including Richie Cole, Calvin Keys, Akira Tana, Josh Jones, Leon Joyce, Jr., Dave Ellis, Melicio Magdaluyo, Christian Tamburr, Peppe Merolla, Chuck McPherson, Bob Kenmotsu, Terrence Brewer, Rick Vandivier, Wally Schnalle, Nicholas Bearde, and Jason Lewis.

In 2012, Brian released his first CD entitled “Organic” which features guitarist Calvin Keys.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Lorca Hart Trio.

Drummer Leon Joyce Jr., has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conte Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Pete Fountain, Jamie Davis, Barbara Morrison, Patti LaBelle, and Mary Wilson.

Leon has appeared at the Montreaux and Lugano Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the Villingen Swing/Jazz Festival in Germany, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Jazz Festival in California, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival in Colorado, and the Chicago Jazz Festival.