Craig Handy Quartet

Born in Oakland, CA, saxophonist Craig Handy attended Berkeley High School’s reputable Jazz Program, and North Texas State University, where he won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship.

Handy moved to New York in 1986 and began several associations with formidable artists including Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, the Mingus Dynasty Band, Betty Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

In 1992 he lead his first of two recordings on Arabesque Records, "Split Second Timing", which featured Ed Simon, Ray Drummond, Ralph Peterson, Jr., and Robin Eubanks. Two years later he followed up with "Introducing Three For All + One", with Charles Fambrough and Ralph Peterson, Jr. In 1995, he continued playing with the new critically acclaimed band “Chartbusters”, featuring Donald Harrison, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Idris Muhammad, and recorded two releases on the NYC and Prestige labels.

Handy toured with Herbie Hancock throughout 1996 to mid-1999, and led two more recording projects on the Sirroco label – 1999’s "Reflections in Change' and 2000’s "Flow". By this time he had amassed performing and recording credits with Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, George Adams, Freddie Hubbard, and Wynton Marsalis.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Sylvia Cuenca.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Matt Clark holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has performed and/or recorded with such jazz icons as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, Jon Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, Marcus Shelby, and Teddy Edwards, as well as practically everyone who appeared at Jazz at Pearl's in it's heyday.

He was here previously with Larry Schneider, Steve Heckman, Noel Jewkes, Mitch Marcus, Mandala, Sheldon Brown, Harvey Wainapel, and the Robb Fisher - Matt Clark Trio.

David Ewell (String Bass) hails from Berkeley, CA, and graduated from Berkeley High's nationally renowned music program, and from UC Berkeley.

He has worked with Arthur Blythe, Bobby Watson, Greg Tardy, John Handy, Bishop Norman Williams, Howard Wiley, Ben Goldberg, Mark Levine, Marc Carey, Omar Sosa, Calvin Keys, Randy Vincent, Will Bernard, Julian Lage, Babatunde Lea, E.W. Wainwright, Jaz Sawyer, Colin Bailey, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Tom Rainey, John Santos, and Lavay Smith.

He appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Mark Levine, Mitch Marcus, Steve Heckman, Marko Djordjevic, and The Supplicants.

Drummer Akira Tana has worked with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Tete Montoliu, Paul Winter, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers, and Manhattan Transfer. He has appeared on over 150 recordings.

Tana co-led a quintet with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released five CDs. A further five CDs followed with his own bands, Otonowa, and The Secret Agent Men Band.

Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich, Jerome Sabbagh, Jon Mayer, Knucklebean, Rob Schneiderman, Tim Armacost/David Berkman, John Klopotowski, Mark Lewis, Peter Barshay Trio, Karen & Norbert Stachel & LehCats, Akira Tana and Friends from Osaka, and Akira Tana Organ Trio.