Richie Vitale Quartet

Born in Rochester, New York, trumpeter Richie Vitale played with Miles Davis’ drummer, Philly Joe Jones at the early age of sixteen.

Richie has performed with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, James Taylor, and Sting. More currently he was the jazz trumpet in the Broadway show “Come Fly Away” featuring a 19-piece big band playing the music of Sinatra to the dancing of the Twyla Tharp Dance Troup.

He has led his jazz quintet on tours of Europe, Japan, Korea, the Middle East, San Francisco, and LA, and frequently appears in clubs throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

Pianist Keith Saunders spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Horace Silver. Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy, Bill Holman, and Bill Watrous, as well as recording with Dick Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency.

After moving to New York City in 1984, Keith worked and/or recorded with Richie Cole, Richie Vitale, Hank Crawford, Mickey Roker, Ralph LaLama, Frank Wess, and Valery Ponamarev. In 1991, Keith became the leader of The NY HardBop Quintet, a cooperative unit featuring Joe Magnarelli and Jerry Weldon, which released four recordings for the TCB Montreux Jazz label.

Relocated to the Bay Area, Keith appears with Calvin Keys, Noel Jewkes, Jim Grantham, Chris Amberger, Patrick Wolff, Erik Jekabson, Smith Dobson, Peppe Merolla, and Dave Rocha.

Keith appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Robb Fisher-Keith Saunders Trio, Frank Tusa, Peck Allmond, Michael Zilber, Dave Rocha, Erik Jekabson, Noel Jewkes, George Cotsirilos, and the Keith Saunders Trio.

During the last 32 years, bassist Michael Zisman has performed with jazz stars such as Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Dena DeRose, Joseph Farnsworth, Peter Zak, David Hazeltine and many more.

As well as leading music clinics and classes in schools across the US, Michael previously served as the Artistic and Education Director of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Festival, and is the creator of “The Real Easy Book” as well as co-author of “Walking Bassics”, all published by Sher Music. Michael has been an adjunct faculty member teaching Jazz courses at SFSU since 2007.

He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with the Peter Zak Trio, and the Adam Shulman Sextet.

Drummer Ron Marabuto grew up in the East Bay, playing with and greatly influenced by his father, John Marabuto, a pianist and arranger busy and respected in the Bay Area.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1974 Ron relocated to NYC 1977-87, where he played with the likes of Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Jordan, Jerry Dodgion, Frank Wess, Steve Grossman, and Sal Nistico. Back in SF since 1987, he has been active with Bruce Forman, Smith Dobson, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman, Al Plank, Hal Stein, Calvin Keys, Warren Gale, Noel Jewkes, Bob Kenmotsu, Gini Wilson, and Walter Savage, among others.

Ron appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Chuck Metcalf, the Chuck Metcalf Tribute, Mark Levine, Will Matthews, Chuck Manning, George Cotsirilos, and the Robb Fisher-Keith Saunders Trio.