Knucklebean - The Music of Eddie Marshall

This is the band that Eddie had from the late '80s into the early '90s, except for Akira, who we thought was the right guy to take Eddie's place.

My BAJA series just released a live recording the band did in 1991. Unfortunately it came out 2 days after Eddie passed away.

We had a lot of pride in that band, as we thought we were the best Bay Area group at the time, and Eddie was by far the best songwriter in the jazz community. We'll be playing his music.


Mark Levine

Don't have anything to add to what Mark said, except that the Eddie Marshall Quintet remains the best band I've ever been part of. We had the good fortune to work A LOT around the Bay Area in those years, 89-94, and developed a group sound and rapport that is really hard to come by. I miss it - and Eddie - a lot.

Peck Allmond

Pianist Mark Levine's credits include Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Harold Land, James Moody, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Art Farmer, Art Pepper, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Blue Mitchell, Moacir Santos, Milt Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Tito Puente, Julian Priester, Dave Liebman, Pete Escovedo, Pancho Sanchez, and Charlie Rouse.

Mark also authored "The Jazz Piano Book", which has become the bible for students of jazz piano all over the world.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with his trio, quartet, The Latin Tinge, and with Eddie Marshall.

Originally from San Francisco, multi-instrumentalist Peck Allmond has lived in NYC for over ten years. Aside from leading and writing for his own jazz/world-music unit, The Peck Allmond Group, he is an in-demand sideman on an unlikely variety of instruments: trumpet, flute, saxophones, clarinet, valve trombone, kalimba, and many others.

Peck has performed and/or recorded with Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Oliver Lake, Peter Apfelbaum, Don Cherry, Julius Hemphill, John Hicks, Rickie Lee Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborn, Ray Lamontagne, Sean Lennon, Brazilian Girls, Will Lee, Randy Newman, Hem, Lenny Kravitz, and James Brown.

Peck appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall.

Originally from Oakland, now living in NYC, saxophonist Kenny Brooks attended the New England Conservatory where he studied with George Garzone, George Russell, and Bob Moses.

He has played with Eddie Marshall and Jeff Chambers, Peck Allmond, Alphabet Soup, Charlie Hunter, Kitty Margolis, Mike Clark, Steve Smith, Josh Roseman, Chuck MacKinnon, Ohio Players, Les Claypool, Levon Helm, and Bob Weir's Ratdog.

Brooks has played numerous international jazz festivals, including Monterey, North Sea, Montreaux, Istanbul, What Is Jazz? (Knitting Factory), Copenhagen, Molde (Norway), Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.

Bassist Jeff Chambers has played with many great jazz artists including Buddy Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Benny Carter, Tommy Flannagan, Joe Henderson, Dakota Staton, McCoy Tyner, Joe Williams, Little Jimmie Scott, Tony Williams, Frank Morgan, Dr. Dorothy Donegan, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Nat Adderley, Milt Jackson, John Hendricks, Benny Golson, Larry Coryell, Hank Crawford, Abbey Lincoln, Ernestine Anderson, Don Cherry, Clifford Jordan, Laurindo Almeida, Teddy Edwards, Roy McCurdy, Richie Cole, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Mel Lewis, Archie Shepp, Cedar Walton, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ahmad Jamal, Pharoah Sanders, Houston Person, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Rouse and Marlena Shaw.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Patti Wicks, Jerome Sabbagh and Glen Pearson.

Drummer Akira Tana was born in San Jose, California. He received degrees in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 1974 and percussion from the New England Conservatory in 1979.

Tana co-led a quintet for approximately 10 years with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released six CDs. His concert, club and recording credits include Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Tete Montoliu, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers and The Manhattan Transfer.

Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich, Jerome Sabbagh and Jon Mayer.