Tim Armacost/David Berkman Quartet

Saxophonist Tim Armacost has performed or recorded with Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Bruce Barth, Dave Kikoski, Don Friedman, Lonnie Plaxico, Robin Eubanks, Charlie Shoemake, Pete Christlieb, Randy Brecker, Akira Tana, Valery Ponomarev, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Terumasa Hino, and the David Murray Big Band. He has toured throughout East and West Europe, Japan, India, Australia, China, and the United States.

Armacost has recorded eight critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, featuring Kenny Baron, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond, and Eddie Henderson, and five with the New York Standards Quartet.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with New York Standards Quartet.


Pianist David Berkman is an award-winning composer/bandleader/educator, a recording artist whose nine records as a leader have appeared on numerous “best records of the year” critic’s lists including the New York Times, Village Voice, Downbeat, JazzIz, and Jazz Times. He also appears on five recordings with the New York Standards Quartet.

He has performed with major jazz figures including Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell, The Vanguard Orchestra, Sonny Stitt, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Ray Drummond, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Robin Eubanks, Steve Wilson, Chris Potter, Lenny White, Scott Colley, Bill Stewart, Dave Stryker, Fathead Newman, Hank Crawford, and Jane Monheit.

Berkman has performed in the United States, South America, Europe and Japan, including the Edinburgh festival, the Cork Festival and the London Jazz Festival. Recent tours include the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with New York Standards Quartet.


One of the most in demand bassists in the Bay Area, John Wiitala has played with Jessica Williams, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete Jolly, Joe Henderson, Akira Tana, Vince Lateano, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Forman, Rebecca Parris, Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, and Jackie Ryan, among many others.

John was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Faith Winthrop, Michele Rosewoman, Patrick Wolff, Mark Levine, Peck Allmond, Scott Barnhill, and Harvey Wainapel.

Drummer Akira Tana has worked with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, Tete Montoliu, Paul Winter, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers, and Manhattan Transfer. He has appeared on over 150 recordings.

Tana co-led a quintet with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released five CDs. A further five CDs followed with his own bands, Otonowa, and The Secret Agent Men Band.

Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich, Jerome Sabbagh, Jon Mayer, and Knucklebean.