Marta Sanchez Quintet

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, pianist and composer Marta Sánchez is currently based in New York City.

After finishing her classical training, she studied at School of Music Populart, earning a grant from A.I.E. (Spanish Association of Musicians) for being one of the best students there. Her first band, Zafari Project, was selected by the Spanish agency for youth (INJUVE) as one of the most promising on the Spanish scene, giving them the opportunity to tour around Spain playing in different Jazz Festivals. This band also won the first prize at the international jazz contest Debajazz. She also obtained the first prize at the Jazzargia International Jazz Contest with Javier Moreno Trio, and the first prize at San Martin de la Vega Jazz contest with Natalia Calderon Quartet.

She was selected on three occasions to represent Spain at jazz festivals in South America, Central America, and Europe. In 2010, she received the “A.I.E en Ruta” Touring Grant from the Spanish Association of Musicians. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed her to continue her studies at NYU (M.M.). During her time there, she toured in Costa Rica, where her group represented NYU at the famed Costa Rica Jazz Festival. She also was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in 2017.

Her latest CD, "Danza Imposible" was released in October, 2017 on Fresh Sounds Records. "Partenika" was released in 2015, also on on Fresh Sounds Records. Ben Ratliff reviewed it for the NY Times stating that “It’s an ambitious record by a strong new group” and included it as one of his top 10 recordings of the year, including all genres. Downbeat gave the recording 4 stars and included it on their list of the best recordings of 2015.

She has toured the United States, Europe, South America, and Central America, and performied at North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Eurojazz in Mexico City, Eurojazz in Athens, Jazz Festival Vitoria Gasteiz, and Madrid Jazz Festival.

Alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis was born in Ann Arbor (MI), and is currently New York based, after studying at Michigan State University and William Paterson University. Legendary pianist Mulgrew Miller said “Caleb has a wonderful, singing, projecting sound. To me, that’s the ultimate for a horn player.”

"Neighborhood" (Ropeadope Records), the 2015 debut album from the Brooklyn based collective Walking Distance, has been met with critical acclaim.

He can be seen with Walking Distance, Josh Lawrence and Color Theory, Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Fat Cat Big Band, the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, and the Mike Sailors Swing Orchestra.

Caleb has also played with Jason Moran, Mulgrew Miller, Duane Eubanks, Houston Person, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kevin Eubanks, Buster Williams, Lenny White, Gene Jackson, Jack Walrath, Kevin Hays, Ralph Bowen, and Seamus Blake.

He has performed at the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Smalls, Smoke, Zinc Bar, and many other NYC clubs.

Tenor saxophonist Raffi Garabedian hails from Berkeley, California, and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a member of their award-winning Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager, Raffi studied with Dayna Stephens. He went on to attend the New School from 2006-2010, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and studied with Bill McHenry, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, and Andrew Cyrille.

Raffi has recorded and performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, and Dayna Stephens. He helped found the brass band Brass Magic, and plays with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra in San Francisco.

He teaches regularly at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

A native of Berkeley, bassist Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, and a Master's in Music Performance from NYU. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program. In March of 2011, Mr. Garabedian was selected to participate in Brad Mehldau's master class at The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and in June of that same year was selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition.

In 2016, Mr. Garabedian received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach in Thailand. Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center. He is also part-time faculty at The New School, and works as a teaching artist with the New York Pops. In the past he has taught at NYU, The Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Friend's Summer Jazz Camp, and Stanford Jazz Camp.

Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Silver City Bound, Julian Pollack, and his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt, and Ferber Brothers & Le Boeuf Brothers.

Drummer Evan Hughes was born and raised in Berkeley. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and performed with the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band, and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Orchestra.

While at NYU, he studied with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George Garzone, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, and Dafnis Prieto.

He has participated in tours of Europe, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Costa Rica, and played at many prestigious New York City jazz clubs such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, and The Jazz Gallery.

Since graduating NYU, Evan has worked closely with multi-grammy winning producer and composer Don Sickler, developing the "Jazz Drum Corner".

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt.