Paul Hanson/Jack Perla Duo

Photo by Stephen Jacobson

As a jazz/fusion bassoonist, Paul Hanson has recorded and/or performed with Bela Fleck, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Billy Childs, Grégoire Maret, Billy Higgins, David Binney, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Patrice Rushen, Alex Acuna, Dennis Chambers, Abraham Laboriel, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bob Weirʼs RATDOG, Jonas Hellborg, Omar Sosa, Bob Moses, Kai Eckhardt, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul McCandless, Paul Dresher, DAVKA, St. Joseph Ballet Company, The Klezmorim, the Oakland Eastbay Symphony, and Cirque Du Soleil.

As a sax player, Paul has recorded and/or performed with Eddie Money, Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Tower of Power, Steve Smith, Tom Coster, and Omar Sosa.

He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Leverkuzen Festival, the INTERLINK festival in Japan, the California Edge Festival 2005, and at the 1999 NAMM show in Nashville.

Paul appeared here previously on sax with Alon Nechushtan.

Composer and pianist Jack Perla is active in opera, jazz, chamber, and symphonic music. His operas and instrumental compositions have been widely performed, and he’s played jazz and world music in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Beginning in New York with his group Music Without Walls and continuing in San Francisco, Jack has steadily forged a reputation for his cross-fertilization of jazz and classical music. He’s been commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre St. Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Barlow Endowment, and many other performers and organizations.

Poet’s Cabaret, Jack’s third jazz recording, is slated for release in 2015.

Jack is a recipient of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composers Award, and has performed at the Texaco New York Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, Tampere Jazz Festival, Big Sur, Monterey, and Pacifica Jazz Festivals, and the Millennium Festival in London.

He has performed with Seamus Blake, Rodney Whitaker, Gene Jackson, Kenny Davis, Kermit Driscoll, Craig Handy, Scott Wendholt, Steve Smith, Kai Eckhardt, Paul Hanson, and Zakir Hussain.