Alon Nechushtan Quintet

Pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan has collaborated with jazz greats including William Parker, 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.

A resident of New York City, Alon has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, The Blue Note Jazz Club, and the Kennedy Center. His musical adventures have brought him to Yokohama, Manila, Sao-Paolo, Toronto, Montreal, and Tel Aviv.

In October 2015 the Kennedy Center comissioned a piece for the Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration, followed by a Far East tour in China and the Phillipines, along with Jazz Festivals in Brazil and Israel. In 2017 the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C commissioned a new program of Thelonious Monk’s less known compositions.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Alon Nechushtan.

Ian Carey is a San Francisco Bay Area–based jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator who “asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers” (Bill Kirchner, editor, The Oxford Companion to Jazz).

His musical projects include the Ian Carey Quintet+1 (“a highly skilled band of improvisers” –DownBeat), which has been performing his compositions for over a decade and has been featured on five albums including the 2020 release Fire in My Head, and WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC, a 7-piece group which “combines the delicately calibrated dynamics of a chamber ensemble with alternating sections of close voicings and free improvisation” (Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside), which will release its debut album in March 2024.

Born in Binghamton, New York, and educated in Northern California, Nevada, and New York City (where he attended the New School and lived for seven years), Ian has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 2001, performing with Don Alberts, Lorin Benedict, Sam Bevan, Bryan Bowman, Anthony Brown, Nathan Clevenger, Greg Johnson, Lewis Jordan, Mark Levine, James Mahone, Ron Marabuto, Fred Randolph, Anne Sajdera, Adam Shulman, Suzanna Smith, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Circus Bella All-Star Band, the Morchestra, duo B. Experimental Band, the Lost Trio, John Daversa, Anton Schwartz, and Satoko Fujii.

As a composer, Ian has received commissions from Chamber Music America and Intermusic SF, and was named as one of “12 Bay Area Composers You Should Know” by SFJAZZ in 2018.

He is on the faculty of Sonoma State University and the Jazzschool, and has been a visiting instructor at Stanford University, California Jazz Conservatory, Santa Rosa Junior College, Oaktown Jazz Workshops, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

He appeared here previously with the Ian Carey Quintet + 1.

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).

Matt has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Bob Moses, Ralph Alessi, Bobo Stenson, and the Berlin Philharmanic Quintet.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Eddie Marshall, David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner, Shoebox Orchestra, Dahveed Berhroozi, MCH Quartet, Gatekeeper, Matt Renzi Trio, Matt Renzi Cello Quartet, and Matt Renzi "Three Yard Mile".

Matt Montgomery is a bassist who currently lives in San Francisco.

In the jazz world, he has performed or recorded with Faye Carol, Calvin Keys, Larry Coryell, Mark Levine, Donald Bailey, Phil Ranelin, and many others.

His work with notable indie/rock/folk songwriters such as Cass McCombs, Adam Stephens, Kacey Johansing, Hélčne Renaut, Greg Ashley, and Will Sprott has found him recording and touring throughout North America and Europe, including working with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli on Adam Stephen’s 2010 album We Live on Cliffs, for Saddle Creek Records.

He has numerous other album credits as both performer and composer and has done scoring work for several films, including the David Schendel-directed documentary Enduring Democracy: The Monterey Petition, released in 2022.

Drummer and Oakland native Isaac Schwartz has been making music for the last 20 years. He has played at SF Jazz, Yoshi's, and The Sound Room.

Isaac leads his own projects, featuring musicians such as Tony Peebles, Dillon Vado, Lyle Link, Adam Shulman, Tom Catanzaro, Ian McArdle, and Kai Lyons.

Isaac also performs with such artists as Christelle Durandy, Mia Pixley, Amy Dabalos, Erik Jekabson, Kasey Knudsen, Paul Branin, Fred Randolph, Kalil Wilson, Chase Jackson, Giulio Cetto, Terrence Brewer, and Steve Heckman.

He is an accomplished teacher and teaches workshops at the California Jazz Conservatory.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Negative Press Project, Jarrett Cherner, and the Isaac Schwartztet.