Edward Simon Trio

Photo credit: Scott Chernis

Award-winning pianist and composer Edward Simon hails from Venezuela. Arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1989, he began performing with Greg Osby, Jerry Gonzalez, Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Mann, Kevin Eubanks, Paquito D’Rivera, Bobby Watson, and Terence Blanchard. He made his first recording as a leader in 1994, "Beauty Within" on Audioquest.

Simon has recorded 15 critically acclaimed albums, including two New York Times Top Ten Jazz Records of the Year: "Edward Simon" (1995) and "Simplicitas" (2005). "Unicity" was voted "Best CD of 2007" by Downbeat. He has appeared as guest artist on more than 50 recordings, including Paquito D'Rivera's Grammy Award winning "Funk Tango".

Simon is a three-time Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grantee, and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award nominee. In 2010 Simon was named Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. That same year he became a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective. His recent recording with the SFJAZZ Collective, "Wonder", received the 2014 NAACP Image Award.


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, Joe Chambers, Art Lande, and Paul McCandless.

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 Harvie Wainapel, Steve Lockwood, Michael O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, and Larry Schneider.


Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with the following: Taylor Eigsti, Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Art Lande, Christian Jacob, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Eddie Harris, Bob Sheppard, Paul McCandless, John Handy, Jimmy Haslip, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, John Clayton, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty Buckley, Mark Murphy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni San Francisco, and many others.

He has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Barbados International Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, BumberShoot Festival, and Yoshi’s San Francisco.

His sextet Rata-tet released it's first cd "Arctic" in 2016.

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