Harvey Wainapel / Phil Grenadier Group
The 1998 All Music Guide to Jazz calls saxophonist and clarinetist Harvey
Wainapel ”one of the most promising and versatile players of
Wainapel’s heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to
performances with masters of the genre such as Airto Moreira, Flora
Purim, and Dori Caymmi.
In addition, he has also performed with jazz greats McCoy Tyner, Joe
Lovano, Ray Charles, Johnny Coles and Joe Henderson, and he has toured
more than 20 countries as a bandleader.
Harvey has released 3 CDs accompanied by musicians such as Kenny
Barron, Larry Grenadier, Kenny Wollesen and the Metropole Orchestra.
He has appeared twice at Chez Hanny with Clarinet Thing.
Trumpeter Phil Grenadier comes from San Francisco
and currently resides in Boston. Phil has two musician siblings,
bassist Larry and guitarist Steve. Early Grenadier brother gigs
included the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival,
and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Phil also received early jazz
lessons in the bands of Mark Levine and Harvey Wainapel.
In 1988 Phil moved from San Francisco to New York City, where he worked
with Bob Belden, Chris Potter, Freddie Hubbard, Richie Beirach,
Terumasa Hino, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Hart, etc.
He has been very active of late, touring Europe and South America with
Johhn Scofield and performing internationally with saxophone master
Jerry Bergonzi. A few of the other names on his resume: Ella
Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick,
George Shearing, Carlos Santana, Tony Williams, Kenny Barron, Ron
Carter, and Anthony Braxton.
Phil has appeared on some 40+ CD recordings as a sideman and has
released two CD's as a leader, "Sweet Transients" and "Playful
Intentions" on Fresh Sound New Talent.
Los Angeles based pianist Theo Saunders has
performed internationally with distinguished jazz artists including:
Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, Charles Lloyd, Bob Brookmeyer, Harold
Land, Buddy Collette, Eddie Harris, Ted Curson, James Moody, Bobby
Hutcherson, Teddy Edwards, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Jimmy Garrison,
Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Fortune, Slam Stewart, Zoot Sims, Rashied Ali,
Mike Stern, Morgana King, J.R. Monterose, Sonny Greenwich, Al Cohn,
John Klemmer, Henry Franklin and Wilber Ware.
He has also played with such well known Latin, R&B, and rock
artists as Claudio Roditi, Victor Brasil, Ray Mantilla, Willie Bobo,
Raul De Souza, Ray Armando, Gladys Knight, and the Four Tops.
He has appeared at such venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz
Festival - NYC, Antibes Jazz Festival - Juan-Les-Pin, France, North Sea
Jazz Festival, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Hall, Greek Theatre - Los
Angeles, and the Village Vanguard.
Bassist John Shifflett almost received an M.A. in
music from the University of Iowa, where he also taught Jazz Studies
and directed big bands. He is currently an instructor at San Jose State
University, teaching bass and small ensembles. He has done countless
studio sessions ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz and country
and pop recordings. His show business experience includes tours with
Frankie Avalon and the Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, several
seasons with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and many engagements with
stars such as Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, the
Smothers Brothers, etc.
His primary focus, however, has always been jazz. He has performed with
the likes of 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,
Kendra Shank, and others. 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 the Dave Mac Nab Trio and the Dave
Drummer David Hocker has been playing creative
music in and around Los Angeles for nearly 30 years. He has played
and/or recorded with Eddie Harris, Alan Broadbent, John Patitucci, Eric
Marienthal, Bill Cunliffe, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Buddy Collette,
Tony Malaby, Larry Koonse, Phil Upchurch, Frank Strazzeri, Alan Pasqua,
Putter Smith, Ron Eschete and many others.
He has performed at numerous jazz festivals, including the Monterey
Jazz Festival where he has appeared twice.
"... gorgeous brush playing and a crisp, swinging feel" --- Leonard
Feather, LA Times
"... remarkable cymbal work... extremely creative playing" --- Don
Heckman, LA Times