Khalil Shaheed Quartet with Daria Nile

Trumpeter Khalil Shaheed toured with Buddy Miles for 7 years, performed with Jimi Hendrix, Woody Shaw, Taj Mahal, John Handy and Billy Higgins, and has been featured as a jazz soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra.

As a recording artist he has appeared on over 30 albums, many with Buddy Miles and Hendrix, as well as Ledisi and Babatunde Lea. And as a performer, he maintains an active schedule playing with four different bands: Big Belly Blues, Mo’ Rockin Project, the jazz improvisation group Open Mind Ensemble, and the Redwood Brass, a classical quartet.

He is also a prominent jazz educator and the founder of several organizations including the “Oaktown Jazz Workshops” program.

Vocalist Daria Nile began training in the arts at age five, studying ballet, tap and ja dance. She is a graduate of the School of the Arts in San Francisco where she specialized in dance. She also trained with the San Francisco Ballet and danced in several productions of that company.

As a singer she had training in vocals for two years with ACT in Tucson Arizona. She has performed in some of the most popular and prestigious clubs in the Bay Area including the 57th Street Gallery, Kimballs West, Café Du Nord, Plush Room, Heart and Soul and others.

She has recorded with the popular Bay Area group "Midnight Voices" as well as two CD's with the Idris Ackamoor Ensemble.

Pianist David Michel-Ruddy found his first passion for music through improvisation and Jazz. He holds a B.A. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Music in Theory and Composition from New York University. He is a pianist, composer and producer, and is equally happy mangling break beats and tweaking synthesizers as he is writing for string quartet.

Bassist Ron Belcher travels the world from France to Japan and throughout the United States, bringing his rhythmically buoyant, emotionally uplifting style to the stage for a wide diversity of jazz artists.

Performing or recording with such international stars as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Rodney Franklin, John Handy, and Pete Escovedo, as well as a literal “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene, Ron has garnered a reputation as one of Northern California’s foremost jazz bassists.

Ron appeared here previously with Charles McNeal and Dima.

Drummer Jim Zimmerman has had a varied career in percussion. After graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory, Jim spent the following years working in the Bay Area playing jazz, and doing recording, studio and show work. He became staff percussionist and drummer at the Circle Star Theater where he performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the Temptations, Spinners, and Jackson Five.

Jim left the Circle Star Theater to join the legendary Vince Guaraldi Trio with whom he recorded some of the Charlie Brown Peanuts specials. In 1982, he joined the British jazz singer Cleo Laine. He recorded five albums with Cleo including the Grammy winning "Live at Carnegie". From 1992 to 2004 toured with jazz Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur.

Jim has also recorded and played with Toots Thielmans, Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper and Blue Mitchell.