Charles McNeal Quartet

Charles McNeal, tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, is a fiery player with great tone, time and taste, and one of the Bay Area's first call musicians.

He has performed and/or recorded with: McCoy Tyner, John Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Obiedo, Dave Garabaldi, Brenda Boykin, Claire Dee, Lavay Smith, Frankye Kelly, Barbara Morrison, Barbara Dennerlein, Junior Mance, Bruce Forman, Mark Elf, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Jamie Davis and Boz Scaggs, among many others.

His teachers include Phil Woods, Gary Foster and Rich Chiarluce.

Charles appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Babatunde Lea Quartet.

Pianist Peter Horvath has been perfecting his craft since the age of 6 when he began taking classical piano lessons. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he attended the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music. At age 17, he won the National Jazz Combo Competition in Gyor, Hungary, and two years later he moved to Austria to attend the Vienna Conservatory of Music. Establishing himself quickly in the Austrian jazz scene, he began playing and touring with jazz notables, such as Leo Wright, Louie Austen, etc.

In 1983, Peter moved to the U.S., where he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has since performed, toured, and recorded with a long line of world-class artists, including Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole, Benny Maupin, Bob Sheppard, and Tiger Okoshi. He recorded, performed, and toured with the Victor Bailey Group, Lalah Hathaway, Keith Washington, Rosie Gaines, Ray Obiedo, Kenneth Nash, J. Spencer, the Braxton Brothers, and the Oakland Symphony.

Bassist Ron Belcher travels the world from France to Japan and throughout the United States, bringing his rhythmically buoyant, emotionally uplifting style to the stage for a wide diversity of jazz artists. Performing or recording with such international stars as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Rodney Franklin, John Handy, and Pete Escovedo, as well as a literal “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene, Ron has garnered a reputation as one of Northern California’s foremost jazz bassists.

Drummer Deszon X. Claiborne is one of the busiest musicians in the Bay Area. His very diverse credits include Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Bo Diddley, Phyllis Hyman, Jay McShann, Michael White, Andy Narell, Alex Acuna, Ray Obiedo, Alphabet Soup, Charles Brown, Dave Ellis, Rodney Franklin and Peter Apfelbaum. He studied with Ralph Humphrey, James Levi, Billy Cobham, Richard Peterson, Barry Jekowsky and Kenneth Nash, and has taught at the Stanford Jazzz Workshop and Berkeley's Jazzschool.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Larry Schneider.