Frank Tusa Quartet
Bassist, composer, educator Frank Tusa has had a wide variety of
recording and performing experiences with such diverse artists as Art
Blakey, Buddy Montgomery, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Pepper Adams, Shelly
Manne, Bobby Hutcherson, Johnny Griffin, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, Randy
Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, John Abercrombie, and George Cables.
Tusa’s early recordings are with
jazz legends Paul Bley, Don Cherry, and Dave Liebman. Frank was one of
the original members of Dave Liebman’s critically acclaimed
group “Lookout Farm”.
In 1980 Frank relocated to
San Francisco after spending many years learning and working through
the ranks of his native New York City scene. After arriving in San
Francisco he very quickly became known as one of the finest musicians
in the Bay Area and has been in constant demand for his solid rhythmic
anchoring and eloquent melodic lines.
He has also been very active in
music education, teaching at San Jose State University and Stanford
Trumpeter Warren Gale
is a hard bop master, who has performed and toured with many great jazz
artists such as Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich,
and “Bebop and Beyond”.
He has also authored "Advanced Analyses of Jazz Trumpet
Improvisations", and has taught the history of jazz as well as jazz
trumpet and improvisation at College of Marin, Stanford Jazz Workshop,
New College of San Francisco, and Sonoma State University.
Pianist Keith Saunders
spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie
Shoemake and Horace Silver. Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such
well known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy, and Bill Watrous, as
well as recording with Dick Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency.
After moving to New York City in 1984, Keith worked and/or recorded
with Richie Cole, Richie Vitale, Frank Wess, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Hank Crawford,
and Mickey Roker. In 1991, Keith became the leader of The New York Hard
Bop Quintet, which released four recordings for the TCB Montreux Jazz label.
Relocated to the Bay Area, Keith has worked with Calvin Keys, Noel Jewkes,
Jim Grantham, Chris Amberger, Pepe Merolla, and Dave Rocha, among others.
He appeared here previously with the Robb Fisher / Keith Saunders Trio.
has been one of the first call drummers in the Bay Area for decades.
He has performed with numerous great jazz musicians over the years,
including Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Vince Guaraldi, Stan Getz, Mark
Murphy, Flip Nunez, George Muribus, Kitty Margolis, Scott Hamilton,
Larry Vuckovich, Al Plank, Bruce Forman, Noel Jewkes, and Mark Levine.
He performed frequently at the late lamented Jazz at Pearl's, and has
long co-led a renowned jam session at the Dogpatch Saloon and 7 Mile
House with Andrew Speight.
He appeared here previously with Jon Mayer.