John O'Gallagher Trio

John O'Gallagher is considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers at work today on the New York jazz scene. He is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of jazz while rooted in it's tradition.

"Mr. O'Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak" - The New York Times

Born in Anaheim Califorina in 1964 he began playing alto saxophone in grade school after his family moved to Spokane, Washington. Upon graduating high school he studied briefly at Eastern Washington University before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. There he studied with legendary saxophone gurus Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi and George Garzone.

During the past 25 years living in New York he has become known for his projects as a leader, and as a sought after sideman, working with artist such as Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams, Tom Rainey, Chris Cheek, Ralph Alessi, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Michael Formanek, Ben Monder, Drew Gress, Richie Beirach, Alan Ferber, Billy Mintz, Roberta Piket, Adam Kolker, and numerous others.

He has appeared at international festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Braga Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Akbank Istanbul Jazz Festival, and Moers Festival.

His latest of nine recordings as a leader, "The Honeycomb", features this trio. He has appeared on fifty others as a sideman.

Bassist Johannes Weidenmueller has been a first call performer with a long list of jazz greats since settling in New York City 20 years ago He has been a member of the Hank Jones Trio, Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit, the Carl Allen-Vincent Herring Quintet, the John Abercrombie Quartet, the Joe Lovano Trio, and the Kenny Werner Trio.

Other associations include Brad Mehldau, George Benson, John Scofield, Dewey Redman, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Toots Thielemans, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Gary Bartz, Johnny Coles, Clifford Jordan, and Joe Chambers.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany Johannes started playing cello at the age of 6. After switching to the double bass at 16, he went on to study at the Conservatory in Cologne and the New School University in New York, where his teachers included Ron Carter, Dave Holland and Buster Williams.

He has been on the faculty of the New School’s jazz and contemporary music program since 1997.

Drummer Mark Ferber began his musical studies on piano at the age of five in Moraga, CA. Mark studied classical percussion with Mitchell Peters and drums with Billy Higgins and Joe Labarbera.

A partial list of his playing credits include Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Don Byron, Norah Jones, Kenny Werner, Steve Swallow, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Jack Wilkins, Bud Shank, Anthony Wilson, Larry Goldings, Jared Gold, Ralph Alessi, Diana Krall, and Alan Ferber.

Mark can be heard on recent recordings with various artists on Soul Note, Fresh Sound/New Talent, Sunnyside, Omnitone and Steeplechase Records.

He is a part time faculty member for the City College of New York and the School of Improvisational Music. Currently, Mark resides in Brooklyn, New York.

He has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Ferber Brothers & Le Boeuf Brothers, Dan Pratt, Jonathan Kreisberg, and the Jon Gordon Trio with Joe Bagg.