Harvey Wainapel “Organization”

The quartet will present a repertoire that’s a bit different from the standard organ combo style. But not to worry, the swing and the soul will still be very much in evidence! Besides some of Wainapel’s original tunes, the concert will feature works by composers such as Frank Foster, Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter, Charles Tolliver, and Kenny Werner.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has performed with Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Billy Hart, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, HR Radio Big Band Frankfurt, Aarhus Jazz Orchestra in Denmark, and the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. He's also established himself as a singular presence on the Brazilian scene, spending at least a few months of every year there since 2000.

He made his recording debut with 1994's "At Home/On the Road" (JazzMission Records), exploring compositions by the likes of Woody Shaw, Sam Rivers, and Wayne Shorter. Wainapel followed up two years later with "Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron" (A Records), featuring a suite of Barron's tunes arranged by Jeff Beal for the Metropole Orchestra, and a set of Barron's Brazilian-inspired music for a sextet with Marcos Silva on keyboards. Kenny Barron himself was on piano on Wainapel's 1998 straight-ahead quintet session "The Hang" (Spirit Nectar/JazzMission).

Wainapel's first full recording of Brazilian music was 2004's "New Choros of Brazil" (Acoustic Music Records/Proteus Entertainment), with legendary Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati. His two most recent recordings, "Amigos Brasileiros" and "Amigos Brasileiros Vol. 2", are part of Wainapel's ongoing process documenting his passion for contemporary Brazilian music. Recorded with a superlative cast of Brazilian instrumentalists he's befriended during his many travels around the country. He also appears on San-Sao Trio's "NOVOS CAMINHOS" 2019, with Amilton Godoy and Lea Freire.

In California he performs with Claudia Villela, Jovino Santos Neto, Carlos Oliveira, Sandy Cressman's "Homenagem Brasileira," and the Berkeley Choro Ensemble.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Clarinet Thing, Lorca Hart, the Harvey Wainapel/Phil Grenadier Group, the Harvey Wainapel Quintet, and San - São Trio with Amilton Godoy and Lea Freire.


Organist (and pianist) Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he received a degree in classical performance. While at UCSC he studied jazz piano with Smith Dobson.

Adam can be seen as a sideman with Bay Area musicians Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Erik Jekabson, Ed Reed, Mike Olmos, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber, and internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bria Skonberg, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Adam appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens, Harvey Wainapel, Ian Carey, Patrick Wolff, Ratzo Harris, Mark Lewis, and Adam Shulman.


A graduate of William Paterson University's elite jazz program, Jeffrey Burr has garnered critical acclaim for his unique approach to playing jazz guitar. The son of two classical bassists, Jeffrey began his musical education at an early age, and was quickly recognized as a prodigy. By the time he reached college, he had already played with many of the established Bay Area players such as Mark Levine, Donald Bailey, Vince Wallace, etc. As a member of the California High School All-Stars, he toured Japan and performed twice with bop grandmaster Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

At WPU he went straight into the top ensemble, winning Best College Small Group in Downbeat Magazine's annual jazz competition. In 1997 Rufus Reid, legendary bassist and director of the jazz program at WPU, invited Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall to Jeffrey's final recital. Lundvall soon had Jeffrey in the recording studio with Reid, drummer Adam Nussbaum, and producer Bob Belden.

By this time Jeffrey had moved to New York and started performing in the city's famous jazz haunts, including the Blue Note, 55 Bar, and Smalls, rubbing shoulders with many of the city's elite performers, including an unknown young singer named Norah Jones.

Jeffrey now resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and son. His latest recording, featuring mostly his own compositions, is entitled "Bright Blue."

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Dayna Stephens.


Drummer Sylvia Cuenca, originally from San Jose, now living in New York, has performed for 17 years with trumpet legend Clark Terry at venues such as the Village Vanguard and Blue Note in New York City. She toured internationally for 4 years with saxophonist Joe Henderson, including trio settings with Henderson and bassists Charlie Haden or George Mraz.

Ms. Cuenca has performed with such jazz luminaries as Billy Taylor, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Michael Brecker, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Jon Faddis, Dave Stryker, Ed Cherry, Dianne Reeves, John Hicks, Geoff Keezer, John Handy, Lew Soloff, Marian McPartland, Hilton Ruiz, George Cables, James Spaulding, Kenny Drew Jr., Frank Foster, Randy Brecker, Craig Handy, Emily Remler, and Helen Merrill.

She has appeared at Chez Hanny with Jared Gold and Ed Cherry, Jared Gold and Brian Levy, Cuenca/Bollenback/Blades, the Peter Zak Trio, the Roni Ben-Hur/Harvie S Trio, the Peter Horvath Trio, and Sylvia Cuenca.