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.” -

She performed at Chez Hanny previously with the Anne Sajdera Quintet.

Tenor saxophonist Jason Hainsworth studied at the University of New Orleans with legendary jazz educator Ellis Marsalis and saxophonist Victor Goines. He continued his musical studies at William Paterson University while performing along the east coast. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in music, Jason matriculated at Florida State University for graduate work where he earned his Masters degree in Jazz Studies.

Mr. Hainsworth has led his own quartet throughout the world to critical acclaim, most recently headlining the Suriname Jazz Festival. He has also performed and recorded with Michael Dease, Johnathan Blake, Renee Rosnes, Randy Brecker, Lewis Nash, Glenn Zaleski, Tim Warfield, Martin Bejerano, Ed Calle’s Mamblue (2016 Latin Grammy Winner), Tito Puente Jr’s. Latin Jazz All Stars, and Melton Mustafa Jazz Orchestra.

Mr. Hainsworth serves as Assistant Director of the Roots, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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, and Anne Sajdera.

Electric bassist Scott Thompson has performed, led workshops, and recorded with many world-class musicians including: Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Quarteto Jacaré, Dick Hindman, Helio Alves, Tiago Costa, Rafael Vernet, Toninho Horta, Dani and Deborah Gurgel, Jovino Santos Neto, Thiago Rabello, Kiko Freitas, Rafael Barata, Leny Andrade, Vitor Gonçalves, Marcio Bahia, Edu Ribeiro, Celso Alberti, and Terence Kelly.

Scott has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Brazil. ​

Scott holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA. He is currently a faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Jazzschool community music school.

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, Johnnie Valentino/Kenneth Burgomaster/Elissa Lala, and Anne Sajdera.