Scott Barnhill Quartet

Saxophonist Scott Barnhill is a second generation Bay Area jazz musician, son of vocalist Louise DeLucchi and drummer Buddy Barnhill. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with Terrance Blanchard, Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson, Mulgrew Miller, Cedar Walton, Henry Robinette, Joe Gilman, Jeff Alkire, Peppe Merolla, Peter Horvath, and Zigaboo Modeliste.

He was heard here previously with the Scott Barnhill Quartet.

Pianist and composer Dahveed Behroozi (b. 1981) is a NYC based musician who currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. His focus is in jazz, classical, and new music. Dahveedís playing has been described as, "highly expressive, lyrical and colorful with a phenomenal facility" by many artists and various publications.

In addition to performing and recording as a leader and soloist, Dahveed has performed and recorded with Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Billy Mintz, and Dayna Stephens.

Originally from San Jose, California, Dahveed received his BA degree in Jazz Piano from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002 where he studied under Fred Hersch. He then received his Masterís degree from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where he studied classical and contemporary piano literature under Ursula Oppens.

Dahveed is also an active educator and serves on the faculty of Gavilan College, San Jose State University, and Santa Clara University.

Dahveed was heard here previously with Matt Renzi, Shay Salhov, and the Dahveed Behroozi Quartet.

Bassist Eric Markowitz, born and raised in New Jersey, never thought much of growing up 30 minutes away from the jazz mecca of New York City. That all changed when half way through his college studies in St. Louis, he met world renowned jazz drummer Joe Charles. Eric spent the next few years apprenticed under local St. Louis legends Joe Charles and saxophonist/composer Jimmy Sherrod.

Markowitz quickly became one of the leading jazz bassists in St. Louis, voted 4 years in a row best jazz group in St. Louis while playing with the David Stone Trio.

Having decided that the St. Louis Jazz community was just too small, he moved to San Francisco in 2004, and was quickly integrated into the local jazz scene, performing with players such as Patrick Wolff, Adam Shulman, Scott Larson, Jeffrey Burr, Jay Standards, Joe Cohen, Smith Dobson, Scott Foster, and Vince Lateano.

He appeared here previously with the Keith Saunders Trio.

Drummer Peppe Merolla began his musical career as a drummer, singer, and actor at the age of five. The Merolla family performed in theatres and festivals throughout Italy, Canada, and the United States. While playing a concert in New York City,Peppe and his family were the opening act for Frank Sinatra. He continues to perform for Italian festivals throughout the world as a singer.

Peppe went on to earn a masters degree in Classical Trumpet. After receiving his degree from the conservatory, Peppe decided to pursue his love for the drums. He toured and appeared on Rai International television with several nationally-known stars, including Andrea Bocelli. He performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, Pisa Jazz Festival, and Siena Jazz Festival, and with major European jazz musicians including Enrico Rava and Franco Ambrosetti.

Now living in the United States, Peppe has recorded and performed with George Garzone, John Lockwood, Russell Ferrante, Harold Mabern, Vincent Herring, Steve Turre, Eric Alexander, Nat Reeves, Larry Schneider, Richie Cole, Joe Magnarelli, Jim Rotondi, Phil Upchurch, Bruce Forman, Frank Lacy, Eddie Henderson, Steve Davis, Jeremy Pelt, Mike LeDonne, Norman Brown, Gerald Cannon, Dwayne Burno, Pat Bianchi, and Calvin Keys.