Sheldon Brown Group
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown
has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene
for over 20 years. In June of 2014 he premiered his extended
composition "Blood of the Air" at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz
Since 1994 he has led Sheldon Brown Group, which performs his own
compositions, and he recently formed Sheldon Brown Quintet, which
performs the music of Herbie Nichols, and Distant Intervals, based on
poetic speech melodies.
The Sheldon Brown Group has performed several times at Yoshiʼs, and as
part of the San Francisco Jazz Festivalʼs Summer in the City series.
Brown has performed with Cuban
pianist Omar Sosa, recorded on 5 of Sosaʼs albums, and played with
him at many famous venues, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in Den
Haag, New Morning in Paris, and Tribute to the Love Generation in
Brown performs with many groups in the Bay Area, including: Electric
Squeezebox Orchestra, Clarinet Thing, Darren Johnston Quintet,
Carey Quintet + 1, Club Foot Orchestra, Laurie Antonioli, Azesu
(featuring Orestes Vilato), Mike Pattonʼs Mondo Cane, Admiral Ted
Brinkley's Large Group, and the Aaron Germain Quartet.
As a composer, Brown has written music for his own groups and many of
the other groups he performs with. For Club Foot Orchestra he composed
music for the silent ﬁlms "Metropolis", "Sherlock Jr.", "Pandoraʼs
Box", and "The Hands of Orlac", as well as the cartoon series "The
Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat",
which aired on CBS.
Sheldon appeared here previously with Hemispheres, Mandala, Clarinet
Thing, Ratzo Harris, Michael Wilcox, Ian Carey, the Sheldon Brown
Quintet, and the Sheldon Brown Group.
Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer
Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with
an extremely diverse
cross-section of artists, performing all styles of jazz, experimental,
and purely improvised music, as well as traditional music of the
Balkans, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and the Arab world. These interests
have coalesced in his primary ensemble of late, Darren Johnstonís
He has performed and/or recorded with luminaries such
as Fred Frith, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, Matt
Wilson, Mark Dresser, Marshall Allen, and Marcus Shelby.
He appeared here previously with the Evan Francis / Darren
Johnston Quartet, the Nice Guy Trio, the Sheldon Brown Quintet, and the
Evan Francis Group.
Guitarist Dave Mac Nab has been performing and
composing music for over twenty five years. Dave has worked in an
unusually wide range of
settings and styles. He has toured and recorded internationally,
appeared on numerous TV
and radio programs, and performed with some of Broadway's biggest
national tours. He has released four albums as a leader, played on
countless other recordings, created original scores for theater and
film, and written instructional material for magazines and books.
Artists he has performed with include Bob Weir (Grateful Dead/Ratdog),
Shelby Lynne, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Charlie Musselwhite, Randy
Newman, Bonnie Raitt, The Drifters, Paul McCandless, Benny Reitveld,
Larry Goldings, Art Lande, Dewey Redman, Bob Sheppard, Steve Smith,
Scott Amendola, Jenny Scheinmann, Tiger Okoshi, San Francisco Mime
Troupe, San Francisco Symphony, and Marin Symphony.
Dave was heard previously at Chez Hanny with the Dave Mac Nab Trio, and
Pianist Dan Zemelman studied with Richard Davis
at the UW Madison and received the
award as 'Best Jazz Artist' at UW Madison in 1996. In 1998 as part of
the Kennedy Centerís prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program,
Zemelman toured India and Sri Lanka.
He contributed to
John Lee Hookerís last studio album "Face to Face", and toured
South America with daughter Zakiya Hooker's band.
Recently Dan has been performing with Jeff Denson and his quartet
featuring Lee Konitz.
The group released a CD and did a tour in Europe in
A second CD, featuring bassoonist Paul
Hansen was released in 2016.
Dan also plays with grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling,
vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Bay
Area icons Marcus Shelby and
Dan has appeared at Chez Hanny with the Aaron Germain/Dan Zemelman
Quartet, Alex Murzyn, Dave Haskell, Dan Pratt, Jeff Denson, and the Dan
Bassist/composer Jeff Denson is a recording
Records with Minsarah, and the Lee Konitz New Quartet, and for
Ridgeway Records with the Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz, and the Jeff
He has performed at such prestigious international festivals as the JVC
Jazz Festival Paris, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Enjoy Jazz Festival,
and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and with such distinguished musicians
as Bob Moses, Charlie Byrd, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner,
Geoffrey Keezer, Art Lande, Charles McPherson, Cuong Vu, and Brian
He is a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley,
and founder/director of Ridgeway Arts.
He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Minsarah, Adam Kolker, Alon
Nechushtan, Kari Ikonen, the Jeff
Denson/Joshua White Project, and the Jeff Denson Quartet.
Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded
Lee Konitz, Taylor Eigsti, Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Kenny
Werner, Art Lande,
Christian Jacob, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Eddie Harris, Bob Sheppard,
Paul McCandless, John Handy, Jimmy Haslip, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm,
Kai Eckhardt, John Clayton, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty
Buckley, Mark Murphy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil,
Teatro Zinzanni San Francisco, and many others.
He has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Monterey Jazz
Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Barbados
International Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, BumberShoot Festival,
and Yoshiís San Francisco.
He taught at Berklee College of Music from 1986 to 1993. He currently
teaches at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward,
The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, and UC Berkeley.
His sextet Ratatet released it's second CD in 2018.
Alan was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Michael O'Neill, Charlie
McCarthy, Fiveplay, the Sheldon Brown Group, Jeff Denson, Dave Haskell,
Edward Simon, and Ratzo Harris.