Dave Haskell Group

The new CD by the Dave Haskell Group, PIVOT POINT, is now available. Produced by Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber Fusion), this recording features Dave's regular group, plus guest artists including long time friends and founding members of the Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, guitar, Russell Ferrante, piano and synthesizer, and Jimmy Haslip, bass, along with Robben Ford Band veteran, Toss Panos on drums.

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, Adam Shulman, Gabe Davis, Phil Thompson, Dan Zemelman, Curt Moore, and his distinguished colleagues below.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Dave Haskell Group.


Pianist and keyboardist Steve Carter has performed with Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Linda Tillery, Bill Summers, Andy Narell, Billy Cobham, George Benson, Bobby Womack, Kenneth Nash, Nicolas Bearde, Don Cherry, Los Mocosos, and Taj Mahal. He currently leads his own trio with Dennis Smith and Tommie Bradford, and is active as a studio musician and songwriter.


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 Jacqui Naylor, Dave Haskell, and the Aaron Germain/Dan Zemelman Quartet.


Drummer Alan Hall has played and/or recorded with: bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff and Kai Eckhardt; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bob Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster, Kit Walker and Smith Dobson; and vocalists Mark Murphy and Rebecca Parris.

He is a faculty member of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA. and a participating faculty member of The Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific, Stockton. CA. He was previously a member of the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993, and the University of California at Berkeley from 1998-2000.

Alan was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Michael O'Neill, Charlie McCarthy, Fiveplay, Sheldon Brown, and Ratzo Harris.