Sylvia Cuenca Quartet

Drummer Sylvia Cuenca, originally from San Jose, now living in New York, has performed for 17 years with trumpet legend Clark Terry at venues such as the Village Vanguard and Blue Note in New York City. She toured internationally for 4 years with saxophonist Joe Henderson, including trio settings with Henderson and bassists Charlie Haden or George Mraz.

Ms. Cuenca has performed with such jazz luminaries as Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave Stryker, Ed Cherry, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, John Handy, Lew Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding, Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Emily Remler, and Helen Merrill.

She has appeared at Chez Hanny with Jared Gold and Ed Cherry, Jared Gold and Brian Levy, Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades, the Peter Zak Trio, the Roni Ben-Hur/Harvie S Trio, the Peter Horvath Trio, and the Sylvia Cuenca Trio.

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.

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.

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, recorded and toured with a long line of world-class artist, including jazz greats Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole, Ernie Watts, Eddie Henderson, Charles McPherson, Benny Maupin, Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Marcus Miller, Pee Wee Ellis, Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, Craig Handy, Tiger Okoshi, Lalah Hathaway, Melba Moore, Ledisi, Keith Washington, Rosie Gaines, Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and the Oakland Symphony.

​Peter is currently on faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Saint Mary’s College of California, and Stanford Jazz Consortium.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Jeff Chambers, Charles McNeal, Doug Webb, Michael Zilber, and the Peter Horvath Trio.

Essiet Okon Essiet first received critical acclaim more than a decade ago as a member of saxophonist Bobby Watson's post hard bop group Horizon He has long since established himself as one of New York's premier bassists.

His first big break came in 1982 when he met Chicago based percussionist Famoudou Don Moye. Moye asked Essiet to join his quartet and during that same year the bassist met Abdullah Ibrahim, the famed South African pianist. Working with Ibrahim, Essiet toured the globe splitting his time between Europe and the US during the period from 1982 to 1986. Eventually Essiet settled in NYC. Two years later, he joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and remained in the group until the famed drummer/teacher's passing in 1990.

He has performed and recorded with Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Sam Rivers, George Adams, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Jackie McLean, Frank Morgan, Kenny Barron, Louis Hayes, Ben Riley, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Art Farmer, Abby Lincoln, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Cobham, Bennie Maupin, Al Foster, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Mike Stern, Kevin Mahogany, Kurt Elling, Fort Apache Band, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuna, Geri Allen, Ralph Peterson, Greg Osby, Javon Jackson, Tim Hagens, Kevin Hays, and Bill Stewart.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Peter Zak Trio.