Mark Levine Quartet

Pianist Mark Levine exists simultaneously in the worlds of jazz and Latin jazz. His 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, Francisco Aguabella, Eddie Henderson, Tito Puente, Wallace Roney, Conrad Herwig, Julian Priester, Harold Land, David Liebman, Eddie Harris, Sonny Fortune, Pete Escovedo, Pancho Sanchez, and Charlie Rouse.

Mark began his jazz studies as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida, taught by a relocated New York jazz pianist named Joe Pace and continued his education in Boston with Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard. As important as these studies were, nothing compared with playing for a year in Woody Shaw's quartet. Off-and-on work over the years with Joe Henderson followed. Joe recorded two of Mark's tunes on "Canyon Lady", the late tenor giant's only Latin jazz album. A budding interest in Latin jazz led to work in the bands of Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Cal Tjader, 5 albums with the latter, including the Grammy winning "La Onda Va Bien."

Mark also authored "The Jazz Piano Book", which has become the bible for jazz pianists all over the world. In 1996, he completed "The Jazz Theory Book", with similar success. Jazz Times named "The Jazz Theory Book" as the #1 choice in its "recommended basic jazz library.”

Mark appeared previously at Chez Hanny with his trio and with Eddie Marshall and Holy Mischief.

Saxophonist Paul Contos has performed with many world renowned jazz artists since the 1970's in Japan, France, Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Tahiti and the U.S.

His performance credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Mundell Lowe, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Sheila Jordan, Rebecca Paris, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Rufus Reid, Bill Berry, Bruce Forman, Kenneth Nash, Ray Drummond, Louie Bellson, Richie Cole, Cal Tjader, Urbie Green, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Steve Allen.

Paul has recorded with John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Richie Beirach, Alan Broadbent, Terence Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Kenneth Nash, and Alex Acuña.

Bassist Ben Wanicur has perfomed with Kenny Burrell, Larry Vuckovich, Gilbert Castellanos, Erik Jekabson, Vince Lateano, Madelaine Eastman and Kenny Brooks, as well as making frequent duo appearances with Mark Levine.

Drummer Ron Marabuto grew up in the East Bay, playing with and greatly influenced by his father, John Marabuto, a pianist and arranger busy and respected in the Bay Area.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1974 Ron relocated to NYC 1977-87, where he played with the likes of Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Jordan, Jerry Dodgion, Frank Wess, Steve Grossman and Sal Nistico. Back in SF since 1987, he has been active with Bruce Forman, Smith Dobson, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman, Al Plank, Hal Stein, Calvin Keyes, Warren Gale, Noel Jewkes, Bob Kenmotsu, Maye Cavallaro, Gini Wilson and Walter Savage among others.

Ron appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Chuck Metcalf Quartet.