Alon Nechushtan "Venture Bound" Quartet
Since moving to New York in 2003, pianist and composer Alon
Nechushtan has collaborated with jazz greats including
Don Byron, Donny McCaslin, Bob Moses, Ben Allison, John Ellis, Chris
Cheek, Chris Speed, Mark Helias, Mark Dresser, Andrew Cyrile, Kenny
Wollesen, Ben Goldberg, Daniel Carter, Ned Rothenberg, Robert Dick,
Steve Swell, Dan Weiss, Francois Moutin, Bob Gulotti, John Lockwood,
and Ken Filiano.
Alon has released seven CDs under his name on various international
labels such as Tzadik, Buckyball (USA), Creative Sources
(Portugal), Enja, Between the Lines, Challenge (Germany), MGN,
(Netherland), and Ayler (Sweden), and toured as a leader in Canada,
Brazil, Israel, Europe, the UK, and the USA.
His newest project VENTURE BOUND on
Germany’s Enja label features Donny McCaslin, John Ellis, Adam Cruz,
Chris Lightcap, Duane
Eubanks, Roggerio Boccato, and Ibrahim Frigbane.
He has had a parallel career as a prolific composer of contemporary
classical music, and music for dance and film, in the USA, his native
Israel, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and Brazil.
Saxophonist and bassoonist Paul Hanson has
recorded and/or performed
with Bela Fleck, Wayne Shorter, Medeski Martin & Wood, Patrice
Rushen, Abraham Laboriel, Will Kennedy, Bob Weir, Peter Erskine, Billy
Childs, Billy Higgins, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Dennis Chambers,
Omar Sosa, Bob Moses, Kai Eckhardt, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Dresher, The
Klezmorim, Cirque Du Soleil, Eddie Money,
Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Tower of Power, Steve Smith, Tom Coster,
and the Oakland Eastbay Symphony
He has appeared as at Carnegie Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the
Berlin Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Festival,
Leverkuzen Festival, the INTERLINK festival in Japan, the California
Edge Festival 2005, and at the 1999 NAMM show in Nashville.
Bassist Jeff Denson is a recording artist for Enja
Records with his trio Minsarah, and with the Lee Konitz New Quartet.
He has performed at such prestigious international festivals as the JVC
Jazz Festival Paris, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Enjoy Jazz Festival,
and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and with such distinguished musicians
such as Bob Moses, Charlie Byrd, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner,
Geoffrey Keezer, Art Lande, Claudio Puntin, and Lee Konitz.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Minsarah, Adam Kolker, and the Jeff
Denson/Joshua White Project.
Drummer Jeff Marrs grew up in a musical family in
He received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in jazz studies
from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Fred Budda of the
Boston Pops, Gary Chaffee, George Russell, Bob Brookmeyer, Benny
Golson, Danilo Perez, and John McNeil.
Since returning to the Bay Area, Jeff has played at nearly every major
festival, and has become one of the first call drummers in the region.
Artists he's performed/recorded with include: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joshua
Redman, Mads Tolling, Mel Martin, Bobby Watson, Wil Blades, Mitch
Marcus, Mike Zilber, Fil Lorenz, Barry Finnerty, Don Friedman, Ambrose
Nelson, Rodger Kellaway, Jackie Ryan, Steffon Harris, Ledisi, and the
San Francisco Symphony.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby, and