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
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
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
is a veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the
years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz
scenes. Peter has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron,
Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw,
Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe
Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Baron, Jimmy Rowles, Tommy
Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band,
Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin, Joe Chambers, Armen
Donelian, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Mike Stern, Art Lande, and Paul
Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Harvey Wainapel, Steve
O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Edward Simon, Joshua Breakstone,
Armen Donelian, Debbie Poryes, Shoebox Orchestra, Peter Barshay Trio,
Karen & Norbert Stachel & LehCats, and Larry Schneider.
Drummer (and vibraphonist) Dillon Vado grew up in
San Jose, California, and started playing music at the age of 8. He
played marching snare drum with the Santa Clara Vanguard, and began
studying music more seriously at West Valley College, where he started
playing the vibraphone.
In 2012 Dillon transferred to the California Jazz Conservatory in
Berkeley, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2017.
His performance experiences include jazz gigs in the South Bay at the
Art Boutiki and Cafe Stritch, recording at Fantasy Studios, and playing
at The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, the SF Jazz Center, the Montreux
Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.
In 2014, Dillon won 1st place in the Jazz Search West competition on
vibraphone, and in 2017 was selected for the Buddy Montgomery Jazz
Legacy Award through the California Jazz Conservatory.
Dillon has performed with Art Lande, Marcus Shelby, Hafez Modirzadeh,
Royal Hartigan, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Marcos Silva,
Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry, Never Weather, and The Table Trio.