Eddie Marshall Quintet

Eddie Marshall, drums. For almost fifty years he has played drums with nearly every major name in jazz, from Freddie Hubbard, Jon Hendricks and Dexter Gordon to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eddie Harris. During the seventies he was the house drummer at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. His most long-standing musical association has been with Toshiko Akiyoshi, with whom he has played since 1958. Other associations include the late Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Burrell, John Handy, Ahmad Jamal, The Pointer Sisters, Archie Shepp and Bobby McFerrin. He co-founded with Mike Nock the seminal jazz fusion group, "The Fourth Way".

A consummate sideman, Marshall is in continual demand. In recent years he has performed internationally with Bobby McFerrin's group, BANG ZOOM, appearing in concert with The Israeli Philharmonic; with Marlena Shaw, Marian McPartland, Charles Lloyd, Art Lande and Rufus Reid; with Bobby Hutcherson and Cedar Walton at Russian River and with Jon Jang and James Newton in Beijing. He backed Sam Rivers and Julian Priester at Yoshi's and was reunited with Mike Nock for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Australia. He travels to Japan frequently with Toshiko Akiyoshi's trio and was featured in a tribute to percussionists at the 1999 Monterey Jazz Festival. SFJazz honored Mr. Marshall with its first annual SFJazz Beacon Award in November of 2000.

Eddie's peformance at Chez Hanny with Michele Rosewoman was a highlight of the series.


A San Francisco native, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Matt Renzi was born into a musical family. His father is principal flautist with the San Francisco Symphony and his grandfather was principal oboist with Toscanini’s NBC Symphony. He received a BA in performance from Berklee College of Music and studied with George Garzone, John Handy, Joe Henderson and South Indian Vocalist R.A. Ramamani.

Matt has appeared at festivals and venues throughout North America as well as Europe, Japan, Israel, India, Singapore and Angola. Of note is his work with “Dialogue,” a band led by legendary bassist, Herbie Lewis. He can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning “Lines and Ballads” for Fresh Sound Records (Barcelona, Spain).

Matt has also performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Michael Formanek, Tommy Campbell, Eberhard Weber, and Matt Garrison.


Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Christopher Lowell Clarke began playing trumpet in elementary school, and attended The College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati on a jazz scholarship. Majoring in jazz and studio music Clarke played with guest artists Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Bobby Shew, and Byron Stripling.

Four years with Carnival Cruise Lines orchestras followed, before Chris relocated to the Bay Area. He has performed at the Monterey, Umbria, Stanford, Mt Hood, and Fillmore Street jazz festivals, and toured Italy with the Johnny Nocturne Band. Since his move to San Francisco, Clarke has shared the stage with George Coleman, Sonny Simmons, and Bishop Norman Williams, and recorded with Dewayne Oakley.

Raised in the quiet Orange County suburb of Capistrano Beach, pianist Leonard Thompson was exposed to the music at an early age, both by way of his father, a first rate musician and jazz pianist, and his mother, who had a passion for jazz and played bass as well. Leonard has studied both jazz and classical music since age 8, starting with his father, Rex and continuing privately with others.

He started playing professionally in 1993, while attaining his degree in Geology from UC Santa Cruz. He has appeared at many area performance venues, including Yoshi's, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, The Jazz Store, Garden City, Jazz at Pearls, and The Monterey and San Jose jazz festivals.

Leonard was heard here previously with the Mitch Marcus Quintet and the Charlie McCarthy Quartet.

Bassist David Ewell was born in 1975 in Oakland, CA. He began studying violin in 1978, guitar in 1982, and switched to bass in 1991. He went through both the Berkeley High School Jazz program, as well as the Young Musicians Program. He received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1997. He performs with many groups from the Bay Area, including Upsurge! Jazzpoetry group, Vivendo de Pao, Lavay Smith, E.W. Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz, Mark Levine Trio, The Supplicants, Howard Wiley Group, Julian Lage, Jaz Sawyer and Pursuers, and Subnautic.

David has also performed or recorded with Omar Sosa, Greg Tardy, Marc Carey, John Handy, Colin Bailey, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Tom Rainey, John Santos, Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Will Bernard, Calvin Keys and many others.

David has played Chez Hanny with Mark Levine, Mitch Marcus and The Supplicants.