John Stowell / Michael Zilber Quartet
Guitarist John Stowell began his career in the early 1970’s with
private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan.
Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo
that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the
United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The duo continues to perform thirty years
after their first meeting.
In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn for a historic tour of the Soviet Union.
This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play
public performances in Russia.
John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence
at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, as well as the United States and Canada.
He has also played with Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli,
Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart,
Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrrell, Don Thompson, and Dave Liebman.
Saxophonist Michael Zilber, whom jazz legend Dave Liebman calls “one of the best composers
and players around anywhere, period!”,
has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Dave Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Berg,
Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Geoff Keezer, Donald Harrison, John Handy, Dave Douglas, Rachel Z, James Genus,
Rodney Holmes, Clarence Penn, Narada Michael Walden and Barry Finnerty.
Zilber has recorded four critically acclaimed records as a leader, “The Heretic”,
“Stranger in Brooklyn”, “Two Coasts,” and "Crossroads: Brooklyn to Berkeley",
as well as “Reimagined: Jazz Standards, Vol. I”, co-led with Steve Smith, and
“Live at The Jazzschool: David Liebman and Michael Zilber”.
Zilber-led groups have headlined at The Monterey, San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria,
Toronto, Big Sur, Edmonton, Calgary and Fairfax Festivals, as well as at such leading venues as Yoshi’s, Kuumbwa,
Bach Dancing and Dynamite, and Slim’s, and recently shared the stage with the Wayne Shorter Quartet in an SFJazz tribute
to the great saxophonist and composer.
Bassist John Shifflett has performed with Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn,
Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, and Kendra Shank.
In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs (and CD), Eric Crystal, the Mike Zilber/Steve Smith quartet (and CD), the Scott Amendola Band (and CD),
the Taylor Eigsti Trio (and CD's), the Paul Nagel Trio (and CD), Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies (and CD's), the Will Bernard Quartet (and CD),
Anton Schwartz (and CD's), Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella (and CD), and many others.
John was heard here previously with Dave Mac Nab, Dave Scott, Michael Zilber, Sheldon Brown,
and the Harvey Wainapel / Phil Grenadier Group.
Drummer Jason Lewis
has played with a variety of talented musicians including: Joshua
Breakstone, John Stowell, Gary Burton, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Norma
Winstone, Larry Coryell, Darol Anger, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, Ann
Dyer, James Carter, Taylor Eigsti, John Handy, Anton Schwartz, Mark Levine,
Peter Apfelbaum, Cornelius Bumpus, and Kurt Elling.
For much of the past several years he has been touring with
Boz Scaggs, and appears on the latter's recording of standards, "But Beautiful".
Jason was heard here previously with Dave Mac Nab, Dave Scott, Michael Zilber, Sheldon Brown,
and Mike Greensill.