Drummer Billy Mintz was born in Queens, New York. By the age of 15 he was playing in the show bands of the Catskill Mountain resorts developing his musicianship.In his twenties, while living in New York City, he played and recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet (1978), Perry Robinson and Badal Roy, Eddie Daniels Quartet with Rick Laird and Andy Laverne, Gloria Gaynor, the Steve Tintweiss Quartet, and the Harold Danko Quartet. In 1981 Mr. Mintz relocated to Los Angeles where he was a member of the Mike Garson Trio with Stanley Clarke, the Kim Richmond Sextet, the Bobby Shew Quintet, the Joey Sellers' Jazz Aggregation, the Vinny Golia Quartet, the Bill Mays Quartet and the Tom Person Big Band. He also performed with the Mose Allison Trio, and did a stint with the Merv Griffin Show band. In 1986, Mr. Mintz toured Japan with the Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. In 1988 he toured Europe with saxophonist Charles Lloyd along with bassist John Pattitucci. Throughout the 1980's he performed and recorded with Bill Perkins, Frank Strazzeri, and Pete Cristlieb. In the 1990's Mr. Mintz worked as a sideman with Mark Murphy (1990), the Dave Scott-Tony Malaby Quartet (1994-1998), and the Buster Cooper-Thurman Green Quintet (1993-1995). From 1989 to 1995 he was a member of pianist Alan Broadbent's Trio. Mr. Mintz currently lives in New York, where he performs with the Hal Galper Trio, Roberta Piket Trio, and the Russ Lossing Trio, as well as leading his own ensembles. This is his fourth appearance at Chez Hanny.
Bassist Jeff D'Angelo is a self-taught musician from a musical family in Columbus, Ohio.Jeff briefly lived in New York City where he worked with such artists as John Scofield, Jeremy Steig, and Chuck Mangione. In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles at the request of Doc Severinsen, who hired Jeff to be part of his newly formed jazz fusion band, Xebron. Jeff has lived and worked in Los Angeles ever since, performing both as a member of Xebron and as a featured soloist in Doc’s pop symphony act, sharing the stage with almost every major American orchestra. Subsequently, Jeff has acted as Musical Director for and co–writer with his sister, the actress and singer Beverly D’Angelo. Together, they have penned songs for the Simpsons and the movies "Cool Wind", "Above Suspicion", and "Jazz Night". Jeff is currently a working bassist on the L.A. jazz scene. Over the years he has had the great pleasure to perform and record with Bob Sheppard, Bill Cunliffe, Tom Scott, Roger Kellaway, Rich Eames, and many more.