Noel Jewkes Quartet

Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, multi-instrumentalist Noel Jewkes is one of the godfathers of Bay Area jazz, universally respected for his musicality, integrity and versatility. Noel began playing professionally at age 12 with his family's swing band in his home state of Utah, and has been active in the Bay Area for more than 35 years. He has recorded with John Hendricks, Wesla Whitfield, Mary Stallings, Paula West, Mike Greensill, Lavay Smith, Bill Bell, Mimi Fox, Graham Bruce, Bobbe Norris, Larry Dunlap, Larry Vuckovich, Pat Yankee and Jerry Hahn, as well as his own ensembles. "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere".--Phil Elwood

Pianist Larry Vuckovich began his professional career in 1959 with Brew Moore. By the early 60's he was accompanying singers David Allyn, Irene Kral, Mel Torme, and Jon Hendricks and performing with John Handy and Monk Montgomery. In the late '60s Larry was in Europe, where he worked with Lucky Thompson, Slide Hampton, Pony Poindexter, Clifford Jordan, Philly Joe Jones, and Dexter Gordon. In the '70s he performed with Arnett Cobb, Buddy Tate, Charles McPherson, Leon Thomas, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Scott Hamilton at the Keystone Korner. In New York in the 80's, he worked with Billy Higgins, Cecil Payne, Al Cohn, Curtis Fuller, Milt Hinton and Mel Lewis. In 1990, Larry returned to San Francisco where he is one of the mainstays of the jazz scene.

Bassist Perry Thoorsell has worked with and learned from some tremendously talented jazz musicians like Smith Dobson, Jessica Williams, Eddie Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Mark Levine, Joe Henderson and Albert Tootie Heath.

Drummer Matt Guggemos studied music at Michigan State University, with whose big band he had the opportunity to back Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath and Marcus Belgrave. He has gone on to perform with Branford Marsalis, the Alexander String Quartet, Eric Alexander, Andrew Speight and Jackie Ryan.