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 University.

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.

Vince Lateano 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.