Isaac Schwartztet

Drummer and Oakland native Isaac Schwartz has been making music for the last 20 years. He has played at SF Jazz, Yoshi's, and The Sound Room.

Isaac leads his own projects, featuring musicians such as Tony Peebles, Dillon Vado, Lyle Link, Adam Shulman, Tom Catanzaro, Ian McArdle, and Kai Lyons.

Isaac also performs with such artists as Christelle Durandy, Mia Pixley, Amy Dabalos, Erik Jekabson, Kasey Knudsen, Paul Branin, Fred Randolph, Kalil Wilson, Chase Jackson, Giulio Cetto, Terrence Brewer, and Steve Heckman.

He is an accomplished teacher and teaches workshops at the California Jazz Conservatory.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Negative Press Project.

Saxophonist Tom Catanzaro has been playing professionally since age 13. Tom was mentored early on by such musicians as bassist Marshall Hawkins, pianist/singer Yve Evans, saxophonist Jeff Clayton, and legendary soprano saxophonist George Probert of the original Disneyland Band.

At age 15, Tom won the 2000 LA Music Center Spotlight Award in the jazz instrumental category, performing at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in LA. Tom attended Manhattan School of Music in NYC on a full scholarship, where he studied with saxophonist and composer Bob Mintzer. While living in NYC, Tom played and studied with Roy Hargrove, pianist Eric Louis of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, drummer Kim Thompson, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

Since then, Tom has performed with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Michael Brecker, George Benson, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Josh Nelson, Peter Sprague, Peter Martin, and Liza Minelli.

He has performed at popular SoCal venues such as Catalinas Jazz Bar and Grill, The Mint, Steamers Jazz Cafe, Vitellos, The Onyx Room, Dizzys, and the Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

With his first exposure to guitar being surf rock and pop music of the 90's, once in high school Luis Salcedo began looking beyond to the jazz scene for a better understanding of how music functions.

As the recipient of the Jamey Aebersold Scholarship and graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory, he has studied with Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, Bruce Forman, Steve Erquiaga, and Jeff Denson. He has performed at Yoshi's Oakland, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and other venues from California to Colombia.

Today he is drawn to the guitar because of its cultural omnipresence, and he continues to draw inspiration from a wide range of musicians and composers including Andres Segovia, Arnold Schoenberg, Charlie Parker, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and the movements they represent. No matter what the setting is, Luis always aims to tell a story. His process includes writing songs with words, even when the words will never be heard by anyone, allowing the words to inform the content, phrasing and melodicism.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Negative Press Project.

Dexter Williams is an up-and-coming young bassist who has spent his life immersed in the jazz community. Even in utero, he was being serenaded by the irreverent stylings of his parentsí popular group, the Wooden Nickel Jass Band.

Taking to music quickly, starting out on violin at the age of five, he became interested in other instruments such as guitar, clarinet, and piano until in his first year of high school, he picked up the upright bass to play in the concert band. The next summer, he attended the Teagarden Traditional Jazz Camp in Sly Park.

He performs with Bay Area musicians such as Tony Peebles, Dillon Vado, Rob Reich, Eric Garland, Keith Saunders, Smith Dobson, Colin Hogan, Nick Rossi, and Isaac Schwartz.