Dave Haskell Group

Guitarist and composer Dave Haskell has had an unusual career, with two stints as a professional musician bracketing two decades as a commercial pilot.

He began as a blues-playing teenager mentored by Robben Ford, before falling in with a succession of exceptional pianists based in the Bay Area, including Larry Vuckovich, Smith Dobson, Larry Dunlap, and Mike Nock, who featured the guitarist on a gig with his seminal fusion combo "The Fourth Way" at the Great American Music Hall.

In the late 70's he worked for several years with tenor saxophonist and jazz/rock fusion pioneer Jim Pepper, in a band with bassist Ratzo Harris, and pianist Russell Ferrante (who went on to found the Yellowjackets). Other work followed with Mark Soskin, Jeff Lorber, Merl Saunders, Randy Crawford, and the LA based fusion band "Rush Hour", before Dave's career change to professional pilot.

Retired from piloting, Dave is composing and playing seriously again, leading his own groups with top Bay Area musicians such as Matt Clark, Alan Hall, Adam Shulman, Gabe Davis, Phil Thompson, and his distinguished colleagues below.


Pianist Dan Zemelman studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he played under Richard Davis, 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 Benny Rietveld, John Lee Hooker, Zakiya Hooker's Blues 4 U, Marcus Shelby, the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Mads Tolling, Erik Jekabson, and singer Kenny Washington.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with the Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet, Alex Murzyn, and Dan Pratt.


Bassist Aaron Germain has performed with Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordan, Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Washington, Paula West, Faye Carrol, Calvin Keyes, Mimi Fox, Eddie Marshall, Babatunde Lea, Akira Tana, Nguyen Le and Paul McCandless.

He has appeared at New York City's Blue Note, Washington DC's Blues Alley, Scullers and The House of Blues in Boston, Yoshi's, Jazz at Pearls, Kuumbwa, Sweetwater, Freight and Salvage, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt (really).

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with vocalist Jacqui Naylor, and with the Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet.


Drummer Curt Moore, has over 100 recordings to his credit, and has performed and recorded with artists such as Francisco Aguabella, Count Basie Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Ray Brown, Joyce Cooling, John Clayton, Richard Davis, Ian Dogole, The Different Drums, Pete Escovedo, Bruce Forman, Lola Falana, Vic Firth, Mimi Fox, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Heath, Jackie and Roy, Andy Narell, Patrick Palomo, Art Pepper, Bernadette Peters, Rufus Reid, Francois Rabbath, San Jose Jazz Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet, Wild Mango, and The Zone.

Curt appeared previously at Chez Hanny with "The Trio", with Denny Berthiaume and Chuck Bennnett, and with "Soul Sauce".