Dan Pratt Quartet
Originally from Saratoga, CA, Brooklyn based tenor saxophonist and composer Dan Pratt has studied and performed with Bob Brookmeyer,
Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Brian Blade, Benny
Green, and Joshua Redman. He is a graduate of Berklee College.
In addition to leading his own Dan Pratt Organ Quartet, (heard previously at Chez Hanny), he is heard extensively in the
New York City area with a variety of artists. He is currently a regular member of the
Christian McBride Big Band, Jeremy Zmuda Quartet, Pini Shavit Quartet, Dave Smith Quintet,
Howard Williams Orchestra, and Noriko Ueda Band.
He has released two cds, "Springloaded" by the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet, and "The Arrival", co-led with trumpeter Erik Jekabson.
"The complete package…one of the most tremendous new saxophonists around today." -- Christian McBride
Pianist Dan Zemelman studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he played under Richard Davis
and was honored as best jazz artist in his senior year,
and privately with Kenny Werner and Fred Hersch.
In 1998, he was chosen to tour India and Sri Lanka with trumpeter and vocalist Matt Lewis as part of the US State Department and Kennedy Center's Jazz Ambassadors project.
Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he has performed with Miles Davis/Santana bassist Benny Rietveld, John Lee Hooker, with whom he recorded one album, and
Zakiya Hooker's Blues 4 U, with whom he toured as far as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In addition to leading his own quartet, he is playing regularly with bassist Marcus Shelby,
with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and with the jazz/funk/rock band Plum Crazy.
He also works frequently with dancers, including the Moab Contact Improvisation dance festival in Moab, Utah, as well as theater companies,
such as the Ragged Wing Theater Ensemble in their performance of 'The Serpent' by Jean Claude Van Damme.
Dan appeared here previously with the Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet.
Peter Barshay is a veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work
on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes. Peter has performed with such jazz luminaries as Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard,
Sonny Stitt, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Rowles,
Tommy Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band, Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin and Joe Chambers.
Born in Washington D.C. on January 8, 1950, Barshay began cello lessons at age nine. During his year at the San Francisco Conservatory Peter
was able to add one particularly impressive name to his resume. "I actually got to play under Igor Stravinksy," he explains.
"It was for the official opening of Zellerbach Auditorium in 1968 and they
commissioned Stravinsky to come here and conduct four concerts.”
Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Michael O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Steve Lockwood and Larry Schneider.
Drummer Mark Ferber began his musical studies on piano at the age of five.
He was later introduced to drumming and percussion. Mark studied classical percussion with Mitchell Peters and drums with Billy Higgins and Joe Labarbera.
He has maintained a very busy playing schedule in Europe and on both the west and east coast. A partial list of his playing credits include Lee Konitz,
David Liebman, Don Byron, Norah Jones, Kenny Werner, Steve Swallow, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bud Shank, Anthony Wilson, Larry Goldings and Diana Krall.
Mark can be heard on recent recordings with various artists on Soul Note, Fresh Sound/New Talent, Sunnyside, Omnitone and Steeplechase Records.
He is a part time faculty member for the City College of New York and the School of Improvisational Music. Currently, Mark resides in Brooklyn, New York.
He has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Dan Pratt Organ Quartet, the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio,
and the Jon Gordon Trio with Joe Bagg.