Noah Garabedian Quartet

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, the Ferber Brothers & Le Boeuf Brothers, and Marta Sanchez.

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.

Pianist/composer Carmen Staaf is the pianist and Musical Director for NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater. Her past major performances include the Playboy Jazz Festival in a two-piano setting with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, and the Kennedy Center alongside Kenny Barron and Fred Hersch. She has been heard at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, SFJazz, Montreal Jazz Festival, and North Sea Jazz Festival.

Carmen graduated with a double degree from Tufts University (Anthropology) and the New England Conservatory (Jazz Performance), and became one of the youngest faculty members ever hired by Berklee College of Music in 2005. After spending some years touring and recording while based in New York (including winning the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Pianist competition), she was accepted to the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute.

Staaf co-leads the group "Science Fair" with Allison Miller. Their upcoming eponymous debut features Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens and Matt Penman. She also performs regularly with Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom", violinist Jenny Scheinman, and vocalist/composer Thana Alexa.

Carmenís most recent album is "Day Dream" (2017), and Science Fairís debut record is due out in summer 2018.

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 Festivalís High School All-Star Big Band, and the Monterey Jazz Festivalís 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, and Marta Sanchez.