Dan Zemelman Quartet

Pianist Dan Zemelman studied with Richard Davis at the UW Madison and received the award as 'Best Jazz Artist' at UW Madison in 1996. In 1998 as part of the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program, Zemelman toured India and Sri Lanka.

After moving to the Bay Area in 2001, he contributed to John Lee Hooker’s last studio album "Face to Face" and toured South America with daughter Zakiya Hooker's band.

Dan currently plays with bassist/composer Marcus Shelby, and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, as well as his own quartet with  Erik Jekabson, which has performed at Yoshi’s Oakland, and SF Jazz's Summerfest series.

In 2010, Dan and Mads Tolling performed for the Prince and Princess Of Denmark at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Dan has appeared at Chez Hanny with the Aaron Germain / Dan Zemelman Quartet, Alex Murzyn, Dave Haskell, and Dan Pratt.


Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Erik has three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012, “Crescent Boulevard” and “Intersection”. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings.

He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, and performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

He performs with Bay Area musicians such as Jazz Mafia, Terry Disley, Mario Guarneri, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet.

He has appeared at Chez Hanny with Harvey Wainapel.


Bassist Zachary Ostroff appeared at the 2011 GRAMMYs alongside Best New Artist, Esperanza Spalding. Zachary was also named the only 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts for jazz, one of the nation’s highest honors for achievement in the arts.

He has performed with musicians including Taylor Eigsti, Dayna Stephens, Madeline Eastman, Randy Porter, and Remy Le Boeuf.


Born and raised in Berkeley, CA into a music-loving family, drummer Jake Shandling was surrounded by Klezmer, Classical and American Folk musics from an early age. Exploring the landscape of 60s/70s rock through his early teens, he soon developed an appreciation for and fascination with Jazz and other improvised music, and went on to study music at Berkeley High School and UC Santa Cruz.

Reflecting his eclectic musical foundations, he now performs with a wide variety of musical projects including Albino! Afrobeat Ensemble, the Noel Jewkes Quartet, Fanfare Zambaleta Balkan Brass Band, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Jake appeared here previously with Noel Jewkes and Steve Heckman.