Jerome Sabbagh Trio

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris, France in 1973 and moved to New York in 1995. There he formed the collective Flipside with guitarist Greg Tuohey, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Darren Beckett. They recorded an eponymous album for Naxos Jazz. Since then, Jerome Sabbagh has been writing music and leading his own bands, recording three albums as a leader, "One Two Three", "Pogo" and "North".

As a sideman, Jerome has been involved with pianist Laurent Coq's quartet and Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos. He has also played in bands led by Jean-Michel Pilc and Magali Souriau.

Jerome has performed in many festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival (Paris), Jazz In Marciac (France), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Medellin (Columbia), and at venues such as Blues Alley (Washington), the Jazz Standard, the Jazz Gallery, Smalls, Fat Cat, the 55 Bar, the Knitting Factory, Birdland (New York), Radio France, Sunside, Duc des Lombards, AJMI La Manutention, Cri du Port, Pannonica, Sceaux What (France).

“Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary.” --Nate Chinen, New York Times

“The willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination.” --JazzTimes

“While most saxophonists these days are monsters of shallow virtuosity, it is most refreshing to hear one who thinks about what he plays." --Michel Contat, Télérama

Bassist Jeff Chambers has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Concord Jazz Festival (CA), Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Fujitsu Jazz Festival (Japan), Newport Jazz Festival (RI) and countless others.

He has played with many great jazz artists including Buddy Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Benny Carter, Tommy Flannagan, Joe Henderson, Dakota Staton, McCoy Tyner, Joe Williams, Little Jimmie Scott, Tony Williams, Frank Morgan, Dr. Dorothy Donegan, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Nat Adderley, Milt Jackson, John Hendricks, Benny Golson, Larry Coryell, Hank Crawford, Abbey Lincoln, Ernestine Anderson, Don Cherry, Clifford Jordan, Laurindo Almeida, Teddy Edwards, Roy McCurdy, Richie Cole, Slide Hampton, George Coleman, Mel Lewis, Archie Shepp, Cedar Walton, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ahmad Jamal, Pharoah Sanders, Houston Person, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Rouse and Marlena Shaw.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Patti Wicks.

Eddie Marshall, drums. For almost fifty years he has played drums with nearly every major name in jazz, from Freddie Hubbard, Jon Hendricks and Dexter Gordon to Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eddie Harris. During the seventies he was the house drummer at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. His most long-standing musical association has been with Toshiko Akiyoshi, with whom he has played since 1958. Other associations include the late Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Burrell, John Handy, Ahmad Jamal, The Pointer Sisters, Archie Shepp and Bobby McFerrin. He co-founded with Mike Nock the seminal jazz fusion group, "The Fourth Way".

A consummate sideman, Marshall is in continual demand. In recent years he has performed internationally with Bobby McFerrin's group, BANG ZOOM, appearing in concert with The Israeli Philharmonic; with Marlena Shaw, Marian McPartland, Charles Lloyd, Art Lande and Rufus Reid; with Bobby Hutcherson and Cedar Walton at Russian River and with Jon Jang and James Newton in Beijing. He backed Sam Rivers and Julian Priester at Yoshi's and was reunited with Mike Nock for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in Australia. He travels to Japan frequently with Toshiko Akiyoshi's trio and was featured in a tribute to percussionists at the 1999 Monterey Jazz Festival. SFJazz honored Mr. Marshall with its first annual SFJazz Beacon Award in November of 2000.

Eddie has appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Michele Rosewoman, and with his own quintet "Holy Mischief".