Emil Viklický Trio

Pianist Emil Viklický was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), where he grew up playing the concert grand his grandfather had brought from Vienna. In 1971 he graduated from Palacky University with a degree in mathematics. While a student he devoted much time to playing jazz piano.

In 1977 Emil was awarded a 4 year scholarship to study composition and arrangement with Herb Pomeroy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then continued his composition studies with Jarmo Sermila, George Crumb and Vaclav Kucera.

Since then, in addition to a busy career as a jazz musician, he has composed contemporary classical music, opera, film and television scores, and taught internationally. Emil has become noted for his unique synthesis of the melodicism and tonalities of Moravian folk song with modern jazz. He has has performed in the USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.

Emil has worked with Joe Newman, Steve Lacy, Roscoe Mitchell, John Surman, Lou Blackburn, Benny Bailey, Scott Robinson, Lewis Nash, Bill Frisell, James Williams, and Markus Printup, as well as many top European musicians.

He is in California for the first time in 18 years for the screening of the film Rhythm on My Heels for which he composed the score.

Following his performance at Chez Hanny, Emil will go to NYC to perform with George Mraz and Billy Hart at Dizzy´s.


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, John Stowell, Sheldon Brown, and the Harvey Wainapel / Phil Grenadier Group.


Drummer Scott Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Jacky Terrasson, Larry Goldings, Sex Mob, Dave Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Peter Apfelbaum, Jim Campilongo, Will Bernard, Paul McCandless, and Mark Turner.

Scott was heard here previously with "Plays Monk".