Noel Jewkes Septet
Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, multi-instrumentalist Noel
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 Jon 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
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with his own quartets, Noel
Jewkes/Steve Heckman, and Larry Vuckovich.
Trumpeter Dave Bendigkeit
has worked with Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Jack
Jones, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, Richie Cole, Grady Tate, Smith Dobson,
James Brown, B.B. King, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight,
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bernadette Peters, Rosemary Clooney,
Shirley MacLaine, Joel Grey, Anthony Newley, Lou Rawls, The Mills
Brother, Johnny Mathis, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, San Jose
Symphony, Englebert Humperdink, The OJays, The Platters, The Lettermen,
and The Four Freshmen,
among many others.
He has also released four albums as a leader.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Ratzo Harris.
Charlie McCarthy is a saxophonist who has played and
of the greats in Jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Sarah
Vaughan, Bobbie Hutcherson, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Nancy
Wilson, Lena Horne, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Louie
Bellson, Joe Lovano, James Moody, and Maria Schneider.
Charlie graduated from San Francisco State College where he was a
member of the quintet which was named the best in the Intercollegiate
While serving in the Air Force Band in Germany he won a scholarship to
Berklee school of music in Boston, where he studied
composition and saxophone with Andy McGhee and Joe Viola.
Charlie did stints on the road with "Grease", The Beach Boys, and Van
Morrison before landing a gig with Lena Horne. "Working in a jazz
behind Lena was one of my best experiences," says Charlie.
He then settled in San
Francisco, working Broadway Shows and all manner
of jazz gigs: trios, quartets, quintets, big bands, guitar/flute duos,
salsa bands, Al Molina's Latin-Bebop Band, "The Bandidos", Latin Jazz
with "Canoneo", and Mark Levine's Nonet with Woody Shaw.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with his own quartet.
Trombonist Rob Ewing trained at Berklee College of
Music and Naropa University.
Leader of Disappear Incompletely — The Radiohead Project. Performances
with STS9, Marcus Shelby Orchestra,
Vinny Golia, Latin Giants of Jazz, Ray Vega, Wayne Wallace, Graham
Connah, Joe Bagale, The Barr Brothers,
Les Gwan Jupons, John Schott’s Typical Orchestra, Jazz Mafia Symphony,
Oakland Active Orchestra, Half of Half, Leslie Helpert, Rebecca
Griffin, Naytronix, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Brass Magic.
He is Director of the Jazzschool Community Music School.
Pianist Keith Saunders spent his formative years in
Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Horace Silver.
Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie
Harris, Roy McCurdy, Bill Holman, and
Bill Watrous, as well as recording with Dick
Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency.
After moving to New York City in 1984, Keith worked and/or recorded
with Richie Cole, Richie Vitale, Hank Crawford, Mickey Roker, Ralph
LaLama, Frank Wess, and Valery Ponamarev. In 1991, Keith
became the leader of The NY HardBop
Quintet, a cooperative unit featuring Joe Magnarelli and Jerry Weldon,
which released four recordings for the TCB Montreux Jazz label.
Relocated to the Bay Area, Keith appears with Calvin Keys,
Jim Grantham, Chris Amberger, Patrick Wolff, Erik Jekabson, Smith
Dobson, Peppe Merolla, and Dave Rocha.
Keith appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Robb Fisher-Keith
Saunders Trio, Frank Tusa, Peck Allmond, Michael Zilber, Dave Rocha,
Erik Jekabson, George Cotsirilos, and the Keith Saunders Trio.
Bassist Chris Amberger is a Berklee School
of Music graduate.
He has toured and recorded with many of the greats in jazz
Tommy Dorsey, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Red Garland, and Art
He has backed top vocalists such as Ernestine Anderson, Lorez
Alexandria, Ernie Andrews, Sammy Davis Jr, Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy,
Anita O'Day, Marlena Shaw, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Eddie
Jefferson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and T.Bone Walker.
His instrumental cohorts have included Stan Kenton, Jaki
Byard, George Cables, Dorothy Donnegan, Philly Joe Jones,
Frank Butler, Charlie Persip, Donald Bailey, Akira Tana, Herb Ellis,
Gabor Szabo, Barney Kessel, John Scofield, Art Pepper,
Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers, Dexter Gordon, Charles Lloyd, Sonny
Stitt, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Dorham, Doc
Cheatham, Woody Shaw, and Bobby Hutcherson.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Charlie McCarthy,
Dave Rocha, Grant Levin, and his own ensembles.
Drummer Mark Lee has a wealth of experience
performing on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He has backed
vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Freda Payne, Charles Brown, Mary Lou
Henner, Stephanie Powers, The Pointer Sisters, and many more. He is
very active on the instrumental music and musical theater scenes.
Kay Kostopoulos is a professional actress, singer,
dancer and director, who has performed in plays and musicals in many
regional and Bay Area theaters, including the Magic Theatre, Marin
Theatre Company, San Francisco and California Shakespeare Festivals,
Stanford Summer Theater, and American Conservatory Theatre.
Kay is the featured vocalist with Black Olive Jazz, and has performed with Cyrus Chestnut, Stanley
Jordan, Jules Broussard,
and David Hardiman's Tuesday Night Big Band, through CCSF's guest
artist program, and with the Sierra Jazz Society featuring Bill
Douglass, Ian Dogole, and Jimmy Robinson.