Anne Sajdera Quintet

As a pianist, composer, bandleader, and accompanist, Anne Sajdera is a creative force whose music encompasses an unusually far-flung array of traditions. With musical roots spanning the globe, she melds American and Brazilian jazz to her training in European classical music, creating an utterly personal sound that’s melodically verdant, harmonically sophisticated and rhythmically compelling.​

A regular Bay Area presence since 2001, her quintet performs original compositions, driving arrangements of traditional Roma melodies, as well as music of modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock & Kenny Kirkland.

Her latest release, New Year (Bijuri Records 2018), features two young composer/instrumentalists from Prague, a special guest appearance by the renowned sax player Bob Mintzer, as well as some of the finest musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. Produced by Ray Obiedo, it was chosen by Down Beat Magazine for the December 2018 Editor’s Picks list, and can be heard on jazz radio stations throughout the US.

“…compelling, melodious compositions” - Bobby Reed, DownBeat Magazine

“What Sajdera builds with [her] masterful sturdy post-bop constructs.” - Suzanna Large, DownBeat Magazine

“Sajdera has a natural musical ability, an incisive touch, and is a deft improviser.” - Amy Duncan, Jazz History Online

“Sajdera is a gifted composer…a great pleasure to hear.” -

Saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link has played with jazz artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy, Ralph Peterson, and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, and pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and Prince. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America.

He performed at Chez Hanny previously with Grant Levin, and Negative Press Project.

Mike Olmos (trumpet) was raised in Merced, CA. He moved to the Bay Area in 1997 to attend California State University, Hayward, to pursue a degree in music.

He has performed with Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, The Stan Kenton Alumni Big Band, Michael Feinstein, Jon Hendricks, Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Madeline Eastman, Lavay Smith, the Contemorary Jazz Orchestra, and the Fil Lorenz Nonet/Big Band.

He has recorded with Matt Catingub, Rosemary Clooney, Mike Vax, Cannonball, Madeline Eastman, and The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.

He performed at Chez Hanny previously with Adam Shulman.

Bassist Aaron Germain has performed with Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordon, Andy Narell, Michael Wolff, Bonnie Raitt, Francisco Aquabella, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Scott Hamilton, Jason Marsalis, Tommy Igoe, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Paula West, Gary Meek, Gene Jackson, Kendra Shank, Gary Versace, John Stowell, Jacqui Naylor, Barry Finnerty, Calvin Keyes, Jeff Massanari, Michael Zilber, Dwight Trible, Eddie Marshal, Art Khu, Dave Ellis, Babatunde Lea, Kenny Washington, Josh Jones, Akira Tana, Jamie Davis, and John Handy.

He has performed at venues such as Blue Note (NYC), Scullers, Blues Alley, Yoshis SF, Yoshis Oakland, The Flllmore, Dakotas, Herbst Theatre, Kuumbwa, House of Blues, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, The North Beach Jazz Festival, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, Drumming in the New Millenium Festival at the Great Pyramids of Egypt (December of 1999).

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dave Haskell, Babatunde Lea, and the Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet.

Drummer Deszon X. Claiborne is one of the busiest musicians in the Bay Area. His very diverse credits include Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Bo Diddley, Phyllis Hyman, Jay McShann, Michael White, Andy Narell, Alex Acuna, Ray Obiedo, Alphabet Soup, Charles Brown, Dave Ellis, Rodney Franklin, and Peter Apfelbaum.

He studied with Ralph Humphrey, James Levi, Billy Cobham, Richard Peterson, Barry Jekowsky, and Kenneth Nash, and has taught at the Stanford Jazzz Workshop and Berkeley's Jazzschool.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Larry Schneider, Glen Pearson, Charles McNeal, and Johnnie Valentino/Kenneth Burgomaster/Elissa Lala.