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, "El Rayo de Luz", 2019, is on Fresh Sounds Records.

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.

She appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Marta Sanchez Quintet.

New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist, bandleader, composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists.

He is currently a member of Henry Threadgill´s Ensemble Double Up, and leads several groups himself such as Quarteria, with David Virelles, Ralph Alessi, Matt Brewer, Dayna Stephens, Yusnier Sánchez, and Craig Weinrib, and the Roman Filiú Quartet with Billy Hart, David Virelles, and Thomas Morgan.

Román has played in Chucho Valdés´Irakere, has been the musical director of David Murray´s Big Band, and has played with Andrew Cyrille, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman, Dafnis Prieto, Milford Graves, Miguel Zenón, Nasheet Waits, Michele Rosewoman, Omara Portuondo, Roy Hargrove, and Chano Domínguez.

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.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Marta Sanchez, Noah Garabedian, and Scott Amendola.

Bassist Miles Wick earned his B.A. in Jazz Studies at Sonoma State University where his teachers included William Allaudin Mathieu, and Mel Graves.

He has performed with Mel Graves, Noam Lemish, George Marsh, Mel Martin, Charlie McCarthy, Babatunde Lea, Randy Vincent, Dave McNab, Dred Scott, Keith Saunders, Bryan Bowman, Smith Dobson, Kasey Knudsen, Susan Sutton, Luke Westbrook, Michael Coleman, Jack Riordan, Sheldon Brown, and Ben Goldberg.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the MQW Trio with Michael Zilber, Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet, and MCH Quartet.

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, Erik Jekabson, Noah Garabedian, and Marta Sanchez.