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 his generation”.

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 Scott Quartet.

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