Harvey Wainapel Quintet

The 1998 All Music Guide to Jazz calls saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel “one of the most promising and versatile players of his generation.”

The 2009 Downbeat Critic’s Poll lists Harvey as a “rising star” on clarinet.

Saxophonist Joe Lovano says, "It's a pleasure to listen to Harvey's soulful interpretations!"

Wainapel has performed with jazz and Brazilian master musicians such as McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dave Brubeck, Jovino Santos Neto, and Guinga. He has performed in 22 countries.

Wainapel’s five CDs feature such company as: pianists Kenny Barron and Mark Levine; bassist Larry Grenadier; Brazilian guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati; drummers Kenny Wollesen and Mike Clark; and the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Clarinet Thing, Lorca Hart, the Harvey Wainapel/Phil Grenadier Group, and the Harvey Wainapel Quintet.


Trumpeter Erik Jekabson has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent is “Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club”.

He currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, including the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet. He also works with Bay Area musicians such as Fred Randolph, Mario Guarneri, Michael O’Neill and Kenny Washington, and Manny Moka.

He has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, and the SFJazz Center.

Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Brubeck Institute.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Harvey Wainapel, Patrick Wolff, and Dan Zemelman.


Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Matt Clark holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has performed and/or recorded with such jazz icons as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, Jon Faddis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and Teddy Edwards, as well as practically everyone who appeared at Jazz at Pearl's in it's heyday.

He was here previously with Larry Schneider, Steve Heckman, Noel Jewkes, Mitch Marcus, Mandala, Sheldon Brown, and the Robb Fisher - Matt Clark Trio.

One of the most in demand bassists in the Bay Area, John Wiitala has played with Jessica Williams, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete Jolly, Joe Henderson, Akira Tana, Vince Lateano, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Forman, Rebecca Parris, Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, and Jackie Ryan, among many others.

John was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Faith Winthrop, Michele Rosewoman, Patrick Wolff, Mark Levine, Peck Allmond, and Scott Barnhill.

Drummer Bryan Bowman has performed with Eric Reed, Mary Stallings, Matt Penman, Paul McCandless, Donald “Duck” Bailey, Ratzo Harris, Matt Clark, Art Hirahara, Mark Levine, Larry Vuckovich, Noel Jewkes, Sam Bevan, Peter Horvath, Keith Saunders, Peter Barshay, John Wiitala, Gary Brown, Jeff Chambers, Bob Kenmotsu, Sheldon Brown, Jeff Massanari, Randy Vincent, Grant Levin, Ben Stolorow, Leonard Thompson, Scott Foster, Fred Randolph, Michael Wilcox, Adam Shulman, John Wiitala, Hafez Modirzadeh, Dean Reilly, Masaru Koga, Harvey Wainapel, Steve Heckman, Mike Abraham, Dave Creamer, and John Shifflet.

Bryan studied music at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, CSU Long Beach, CSU Chico, and the Ali Akbar College of Music.

He appeared here previously with Steve Lockwood, Michael Wilcox, Mandala, Homespun Trio, Noel Jewkes, and Charlie McCarthy.