FivePlay Jazz Quintet

FivePlay Jazz Quintet is a San Francisco Bay Area jazz quintet that plays original, ear-pleasing melodic jazz. The music is fresh, rooted in the best jazz traditions while drawing on modern harmonies, engaging rhythms, and a rich palette of tone colors.

Like its predecessor, the group "Triceratops", the repertoire is created by the composing team of Tony Corman, Laura Klein and Dave Tidball, about which Jazz Times says "this modern-sounding, West Coast crew…(write) better-than-Messenger-like originals, providing captivating moments for listeners".

These musicians have played together for many years and, consequently, there is a high level of musical intuition and interplay. FivePlay delights and entrances the listener with unusual tunes and lively, inspired improvisation.

Dave Tidball (tenor saxophone, composer) was born and raised in Wales and, as a teenager, began playing clarinet and saxophone in his father’s dance band. Relocating to London after high school, he played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before joining British jazz fusion pioneers “Turning Point”.

In 1979, he came to the US and was active on the jazz scene in Boston before heading west in 1985. In the early 90s he formed “Threedom” with Bill Douglass and Robert Kaufman, and spent 5 years in Paula West’s band. More recently, he can be heard with FivePlay Jazz Quintet, and Ian Dogole’s projects, including a 2013 recording with Paul McCandless, Frank Martin and Fred Randolph.

He can also be heard in the saxophone section of Tony Corman’s new big band “Morchestra”. Lately, Dave has been exploring free improvisation in “The Sound Effekt”, featuring guitarist Mike Wynar and drummer Galen Grant.

He has performed at Chez Hanny with FivePlay, and the Albatross Clarinet Quartet.

Laura Klein, piano, composer, is from New York City.

She got a BA in music from SUNY Buffalo and attended the Berklee College of Music.

Besides playing with FivePlay, Laura keeps a busy performing schedule with her own small group and the Morchestra, and appears with many Bay Area musicians including Noel Jewkes, Bryan Girard, Jenny Ferris, Kay Kostopolous, Frankye Kelly, and Ed Reed.

She co-led and recorded with Triceratops, and the Laura Klein-Ted Wolff duo.

Laura has performed for many years with her own trios including the great drummers Joe Hunt and Benny Barth.

She taught at UC Berkeley, and is currently Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Laura has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with FivePlay, Jenny Ferris, and with her own trio.

Tony Corman, guitar, composer, hails from Boston, where he graduated Berklee with a degree in saxophone performance. He played sax and flute for many years, recording with the Full Faith and Credit big band, Triceratops, and Three Tenors No Opera, but was derailed in 2002 by a chops problem.

He switched to guitar, working his way back into the Bay Area scene with FivePlay and his own jazz orchestra, the Morchestra.

Tony has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with FivePlay.

Paul Smith, bass, has been playing professionally since his teens. In 1970, he joined the acclaimed Moacir Santos group, where he met his future wife, percussionist and vocalist Sheila Smith. Paul and Sheila had a group for many years, and recorded four CD’s together.

Paul has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, and Willie Bobo, and toured nationally with Dan Hicks.

Paul has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with FivePlay.

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, Dave Haskell, and Ratzo Harris.