Peter Zak Trio

Pianist Peter Zak was born in Los Angeles in 1965, and grew up in Columbus and Kent, Ohio, then moved with his family at age 16 to Oakland. At the University of California, Berkeley, he studied with Susan Muscarella (founder/director of Berkeley's Jazzschool, now the California Jazz Conservatory). He was soon gigging around Northern California with saxophonist John Handy, among others.

Since relocating to New York, he has performed and/or recorded with George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Ryan Kisor, Peter Bernstein, Eddie Henderson, Eric Alexander, Walt Weiskopf, and Jon Hendricks, among many others. Peter is also a faculty member in the renowned jazz program at New School University.

Peter's newly released recording, "One Mind", (Fresh Sounds Records), is a collaboration with bassist Marcos Varela, that also includes Billy Drummond on drums, and acclaimed saxophonist Seamus Blake. "Brilliant...quite startlingly so...underlines just how shrewd a musical mind Peter Zak has." -Brian Morton, Jazz Journal (UK).

Since 2005, Peter has also released eleven critically acclaimed recordings for the Danish jazz label, SteepleChase Records.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Peter Zak Trio.

During the last 32 years, bassist Michael Zisman has performed with jazz stars such as Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Dena DeRose, Joseph Farnsworth, Peter Zak, David Hazeltine and many more.

As well as leading music clinics and classes in schools across the US, Michael previously served as the Artistic and Education Director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Festival, and is the creator of “The Real Easy Book” as well as co-author of “Walking Bassics”, all published by Sher Music. Michael has been an adjunct faculty member teaching Jazz courses at SFSU since 2007.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Peter Zak Trio.

Drummer Sylvia Cuenca, originally from San Jose, now living in New York, has performed for 17 years with trumpet legend Clark Terry at venues such as the Village Vanguard and Blue Note in New York City. She toured internationally for 4 years with saxophonist Joe Henderson, including trio settings with Henderson and bassists Charlie Haden or George Mraz.

Ms. Cuenca has performed with such jazz luminaries as Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave Stryker, Ed Cherry, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, John Handy, Lew Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding, Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Emily Remler, and Helen Merrill.

She has appeared at Chez Hanny with Jared Gold and Ed Cherry, Jared Gold and Brian Levy, Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades, the Roni Ben-Hur/Harvie S Trio, and the Sylvia Cuenca Trio.