Ratzo Harris Trio
Bassist Ratzo B. Harris has recorded with Mose Allison, Denny Zeitlin, Kenny Werner, Tom Rainey, Joe Lovano, Mark Feldman,
Eric Friedlander, Connie Crothers, Gary Bartz, Randy Brecker, Vincent Herring, David Darling, Paul McCandless, Jane Ira Bloom, John Scofield, and Paul Motian,
and performed frequently with Joe Henderson, John Handy, Charles Lloyd, Jon Hendricks, Ted Curson, Tim Berne, Betty Carter, Helen Merrill,
Les Paul, Joanne Brackeen, and Jim Pepper.
Although he just earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from the City University system of New York, he has been active as an educator,
and has taught at Purdue University, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, Berklee College, New England Conservatory, Rotterdam Conservatory,
University of Ludwigsburg, the Music High Schools of Wurztburg and Cologne, the New School for Social Research, the Manhattan School of Music
and New York University.
He has appeard here on three occasions with the Roberta Piket Trio with Billy Mintz.
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown formed the Sheldon Brown Group in 1993,
and in 1996 he released the jazz/fusion CD "Shifting Currents". Brown tours internationally (most recently with pianist Omar Sosa)
to world-renowned venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Moers Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz d'Or, Toronto Jazz Festival
and the Spoleto Festival. He is featured on Omar Sosa's CDs "Prietos", "Bembon", "Spirit of the Roots" and "Free Roots" and on
Ian Dogole's CDs "Ionospheres" and "Night Harvest".
Brown is a member of San Francisco's Club Foot Orchestra, for whom he has composed scores for
Film Roman's cartoon series "The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat" and silent films such as Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", Buster Keaton's
"Sherlock Jr." and "Cops",
G. W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and Robert Wiene's "Hands of Orlac". Club Foot has performed at New York's Knitting Factory, Walter Reade Theater,
at Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. Brown performed in Anthony Braxton's "Composition No. 132" at Grace Cathedral
as part of the 1986 San Francisco Jazz Festival. He also performs regularly with the Realistic Orchestra.
He currently teaches composition at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.
Sheldon appeared here previously with "Hemispheres", featuring Ian Dogole, Paul McCandless and Bill Douglass,
with Clarinet Thing, and with the Sheldon Brown Group.
Drummer Alan Hall has played and/or recorded with:
bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff and Kai Eckhardt; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling;
saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bob Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris;
trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster,
Kit Walker and Smith Dobson; and vocalists Mark Murphy and Rebecca Parris.
Alan's work has been heard on jazz radio stations nationally and his original compositions have been recorded and released on the
Blue Crescent and Polymorph record labels. His performances have been aired on B. E. T.'s Jazz Discovery Series and KRON TV's Daybreak.
He is a faculty member of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA. and a participating faculty member of The Brubeck Institute,
University of the Pacific, Stockton. CA. He was previously a member of the percussion faculty at Berklee College of Music in
Boston from 1986-1993, and the University of California at Berkeley from 1998-2000.
Alan was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Michael O'Neill, Charlie McCarthy, Fiveplay, and the Sheldon Brown Group.