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
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
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.