Steve Heckman Quartet

Steve Heckman, saxophone.


“A beautful talent.”  Charles Lloyd
“A highly evolved musician and human being.”  Eddie Henderson
“This cat can play!”  Pharoah Sanders
“One of the Bay Areas unsung heros” Dick Conte

Pianist Matt Clark attended Oberlin College and studied with master jazz pianist Barry Harris. He is a mainstay of the Bay Area scene, having played with Bobby Hutcherson, Marcus Shelby, Eddie Marshall, Teddy Edwards, Mark Turner, Denise Perrier, Kellye Gray, Andrew Speight, and Noel Jewkes.
He is currently a faculty member of the JazzSchool in Berkeley.

Bassist David Ewell was born in 1975 in Oakland, CA. He began studying violin in 1978, guitar in 1982, and switched to bass in 1991. He went through both the Berkeley High School Jazz program, as well as the Young Musicians Program. He received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 1997. He performs with many groups from the Bay Area, including Upsurge! Jazz poetry group, Vivendo de Pao, Lavay Smith, E.W. Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz, The Supplicants, Howard Wiley Group, Julian Lage, Jaz Sawyer and Pursuers, and Subnautic.

David has also performed or recorded with Omar Sosa, Greg Tardy, John Handy, Eddie Marshall, Colin Bailey, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Tom Rainey, John Santos, Ben Goldberg, John Schott, Will Bernard, Calvin Keys and many others.

He was heard here previously with Mark Levine’s trio

Drummer Danny Spencer began his career in the Detroit area, and has played with Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Joe Henderson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Barney Kessell, Terrence Blanchard, Harold Land and Blue Mitchell.