Matt Renzi Cello Quartet

Originally from San Francisco, currently living in Rome, Italy, multi-reedist (tenor saxophone, oboe and English horn) and composer Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Music (Performance) from the Berklee College of Music and Master’s in Arts (Classical Composition) from San Francisco State University. Some of his teachers include Joe Henderson and South Indian Vocalist R.A. Ramamani.

Matt can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning “Lines and Ballads” (Fresh Sound Records) as well as his latest release entitled “Lunch Special” (Three P’s Records) which features his New York trio.

As a sideman, Matt has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Tony Scott, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, David Kikoski, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Bobo Stenson and the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet.

He has appeared twice previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall, and three times with his New York trio.

Misha Khalikulov is a cellist from San Francisco, CA. He was born in the former U.S.S.R. republic of Uzbekistan and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 3.

In the course of his classical music studies, he had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed cellists Peter Wyrick of the San Francisco Symphony and Antonio Lysy, professor of cello at UCLA.

Moving back to San Francisco, he began to pursue a career that was no longer moving in an exclusively classical direction. He joined the band Rupa and the April Fishes, which has taken him on tour to 24 countries in the last 4 years. With them, he has performed on many international festival stages around the world and recorded on their new album, Build, released in Fall 2012.

Drummer Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years at venues such as the San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, Yerba Buena Theater, The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Pearl's, Bacar, Bruno's, The Make-Out Room, Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, The Jazz School, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and The Intersection of the Arts.

Dobson has had the honor of working with great jazz artists, locally and internationally, such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewekes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah, Darren Johnston, Charlie Shoemake, Will Bernard, Kenny Brooks, William Wynant, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Anthony Davis.

Bassist Kim Cass began his musical journey in his home state of Maine. With a strong passion for the electric bass guitar, he excelled in grade school jazz competitions. In high school, Kim began studying the doublebass, and quickly made practicing this challenging instrument his priority.

Upon graduating, Mr. Cass travelled to the New England Conservatory, in Boston. Here he found a wealth of great instructors and settings to develop as a bassist and composer. George Garzone, Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, and Joe Maneri were among his most influential teachers.

Kim is currently an active freelance bassist and composer living in Oakland. He is recording a self titled solo project set to be released on the Table and Chairs label in Seattle.