Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet

Aaron Germain, bass.

Aaron Germain is a versatile freelance bass player living in the San Francisco bay area. Originally from Massachusetts, he has lived in California since 2000.

He has performed with Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordan, Andy Narell, Melba Moore, Jamie Davis, Kenny Washington, Paula West, Faye Carrol, Calvin Keyes, Mimi Fox, Eddie Marshall, Babatunde Lea, Dave Ellis, Bill Bell, Akira Tana and Kenny Brooks, among many others.

He has appeared at such venues as: New York City's Blue Note, Washington DC's Blues Alley, Scullers and The House of Blues in Boston, Yoshi's, Jazz at Pearls, Kuumbwa, Sweetwater, Freight and Salvage, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt (really).

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with vocalist Jacqui Naylor.


Dan Zemelman, piano.

Dan studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he played under Richard Davis, and was honored as best jazz artist in his senior year, and privately with Kenny Werner and Fred Hersch.

In 1998, he was chosen to tour India and Sri Lanka with trumpeter and vocalist Matt Lewis as part of the US State Department and Kennedy Center's Jazz Ambassadors project.

Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area he has performed with Miles Davis/Santana bassist Benny Rietveld, John Lee Hooker, with whom he recorded one album, and Zakiya Hooker's Blues 4 U, with whom he toured as far as Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Currently he is playing regularly with bassist Marcus Shelby, and with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra at Jazz at Pearl's, as well as appearing in concert with his own quartet at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, and with the jazz/funk/rock band Plum Crazy.

He also works frequently with dancers, including the Moab Contact Improvisation dance festival in Moab, Utah, as well as theater companies, such as the Ragged Wing Theater Ensemble in their performance of 'The Serpent' by Jean Claude Van Damme.


Mitch Marcus, tenor saxophone.

Saxophonist Mitch Marcus leads the Mitch Marcus Quintet, which has performed twice at Chez Hanny, and the Mitch Marcus Quintet + 13, a big band devoted to original compositions. He also performs with Japonize Elephants, Mood Food, folk/rock singer Donovan, and a variety of creative local musicians, including Ches Smith, Darren Johnston, John Schott, Sameer Gupta, Erik Jekabson, Graham Connah and Sylvain Carton.


Babatunde Lea, drums.

Babatunde has appeared on record with Pharaoh Sanders, Van Morrison, McCoy Tyner and Stan Getz, and on stage with Leon Thomas, Joe Henderson, John Tchicai, Bobby Hutcherson, Oscar Brown Jr., Lonnie Liston Smith, and Kenny Kirkland. He has released four CDs as a leader, with sidemen including Frank Lacy, Hilton Ruiz, Richard Howell, and Steve Turre.