Steve Feierabend - saxophone, composer/arranger, bandleader
Originally from the San Diego area, saxophonist Steve Feierabend now
lives in Berkeley California where he is active in the Bay Area's jazz and latin music
scenes both as a leader and sideman. Steve holds degrees from Berklee College
of Music and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts having studied
with Joe Allard, Joe Viola, Jerry Bergonzi, Hal Crook, Kenny Barron, Ralph Bowen, Charles McPherson, and Bob Sheppard. Steve's performance credits include gig, concert, festival and recording appearances with Mel Torme, Charles McPherson, Brian Lynch, Ron Eschete, Mike Wofford, Hal Crook, Pete Christlieb, Bill Cunliff, Holly Hoffman, Rob Schneiderman, Peter Sprague, Randy Porter and many others. Steve has released five CD's featuring his original compositions. The latest, called "Storyteller", features the group SF Boptet playing original jazz and classic Hardbop.
Keith Saunders - piano
Keith spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and later, with Horace Silver. Keith worked extensively in L.A. with such well known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy, and Bill Watrous, as well as recording with Dick Berk's Jazz Adoption Agency, for which he was the arranger. In 1984 Keith moved to New York City where he worked and/or recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Richie Cole, Joe Lovano, Ralph Lalama, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Crawford, and Lionel Hampton. His latest CD is entitled Lost In Queens and is available on the TCB label.
In 1991, Keith became the leader of The HardBop Quintet, which had begun as a cooperative unit. As such, he has written and arranged music - recorded by The HBQ - for numerous television spots including promotions for VH1, ESPN, and Filene's Basement Department Stores. Keith is also the Musical Director for Manhattan Tap, the nationally acclaimed tap dance company. In addition to his recordings with The HBQ, Keith can be heard on Jerry Weldon's live-recorded Midtown Blues (Amosaya), John Dooley’s Just Passin’ Through, and Tony Francis’ Nice ‘n’ Easy. In 2010 Keith moved to the Bay Area where he has worked with Akira Tana, Donald Bailey, Frank Tusa, Warren Gayle, Jeremy Pelt, Pete Yellin, and Vince Lateano.
Eric Markowitz - bass
Born and raised in New Jersey, never thought much of growing up 30 minutes away from the jazz mecca of New York City. That all changed when half way through his college studies in St. Louis, he met world renowned Jazz drummer Joe Charles. Eric spent the next few years apprenticed under local St. Louis legends Joe Charles and Saxophonist/Composer Jimmy Sherrod. Markowitz quickly became one of the leading jazz bassists in St. Louis, voted 4 years in a row best jazz group in St. Louis while playing with the David Stone Trio. Having decided that the St. Louis Jazz community was just too small, he moved to San Francisco in 2004, and was quickly integrated into the local jazz scene. On any given night, you can find him appearing at many of the Bay Area's best jazz venues.
Jon Arkin - drums
Originally from the Boston area, Jon Arkin is a Berkeley, CA based drummer/percussionist who is active in a wide variety of musical genres, including a multitude of collaborations in the jazz, avant garde, funk/rock, and Afrobeat scenes. In addition to leading his own groups, he is an in-demand freelance musician who is frequently found performing with notable local, national and international artists. Spanning three decades, his list of recording credits includes dozens of albums and guest appearances in a wide variety of genres, as he maintains an active recording schedule as a studio musician. He has also established himself as a noted educator, teaching unique classes, workshops, clinics and lessons to students in the Bay Area and elsewhere. He is a faculty member of the JCMS program at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, as well as the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
Henry Hung - trumpet
Henry is a Grammy award winning multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer who has toured internationally and throughout the US, performing music that spans a spectrum of styles, including jazz with Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Cobb, to pop music with David Byrne, Thao Nguyen, Guard, and TV on the Radio, to hip hop with Deltron 3030 and Souls of Mischief, to world music with Quijerema, Kotoja, and the Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Locally he can be found performing with many creative Bay Area groups, most notably his own group co led with drummer Eric Garland, the Klaxon Mutant Allstars. Henry has composed and arranged music for the documentary Lids and the short films, Look Both Ways, Seduction, and Pick Me Up, and has premiered new work with Hope Mohr Dance at ODC. Henry is also an active teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is currently an adjunct professor at Berkeley City College and San Francisco State University. He also currently teaches at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, the Piedmont School District, the Waldorf School (SF), LickWelmerding School, and the Head Royce School in Oakland.