Clarinetist / Composer Ben Goldberg, whom John Zorn has called “one of the greatest clarinetists I have ever heard,” grew up in Denver, Colorado, and received degrees from the University of California and Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Ben’s group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music." (San Francisco Chronicle). In addition to composing for and playing in the Ben Goldberg Quintet, he currently performs in the following groups: Tin Hat; plays monk, a trio with Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; Nels Cline’s New Monastery; and Go Home. A new CD of Ben’s compositions featuring Joshua Redman will be released in 2009. He has performed with, among others, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Roswell Rudd, Don Byron, Mark Feldman, Ellery Eskelin, Zeena Parkins, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, and Jenny Scheinman.
Since coming to prominence in the early 1990’s, guitarist Charlie Hunter has become one of the leading names in jazz, recording 17 albums. Hunter is noted for playing custom-made seven and eight-string guitars, on which he simultaneously plays bass lines, rhythm guitar, and solos. Sean Westergaard describes Hunter's innovative guitar technique as "mind-boggling ... he's an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off." Charlie co-founded Garage A Trois, a jazz fusion band, with Stanton Moore and Skerik. He has collaborated with Bobby Previte for an ongoing project entitled Groundtruther, and appears on acclaimed jazz bassist Christian McBride's Live At Tonic. The Charlie Hunter Trio currently includes keyboardist Erik Deutsch and drummer Tony Mason.
Trumpeter Ron Miles’ resume includes time with Bill Frisell, Don Byron, and the Ellington Orchestra. A “phenomenally gifted trumpeter” (Bill Milkowski), Ron grew up in Denver and studied music at the University of Denver and the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to Ron’s acclaimed solo releases on Gramavision, he was widely recognized as a musical director and arranger on Ginger Baker’s Coward of the County on Atlantic Records. Ron is esteemed by listeners and musicians around the world for his melodic clarity and personal sound. As Bill Frisell has said, “What is so exciting about Ron is that he really has his own voice.”
Originally from New Jersey, drummer Scott Amendola has been a fixture of the Bay Area music scene for more than twenty years. First coming to prominence as a member of the hard-hitting Charlie Hunter Trio in the 1990’s, Scott has played with a range of musicians including Madeleine Peyroux, Dave Liebman, and Jacky Terrason. Currently a member of the Nels Cline Singers and plays monk, Scott also finds time to compose and record with the Scott Amendola Group, which features Jenny Scheinman and Jeff Parker.