Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Peter Zak Quartet
featuring Eddie Henderson

New York-based pianist and composer Peter Zak returns home to Oakland to lead an East Coast quartet, featuring trumpet legend Eddie Henderson. The rhythm section is rounded out by two first-call New York heavy hitters: drummer Sylvia Cuenca (Joe Henderson, Clark Terry), and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet (Art Blakey, Bobby Watson, Benny Golson).

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

“These are things of beauty on their own, and things of beauty in this trio’s capable hands.” –Standards, DownBeat Magazine
Peter's brand new recording, Standards, his 11th as a leader, is a culminating example of his efforts as a jazz pianist, and bandleader. A trio session that features his recent frequent collaborator, drummer Billy Drummond, and a new bandmate, bassist Jay Anderson, the recording demonstrates the fluidity, knowledge and command that he has developed over more than twenty years of performing and recording with some of the world's best jazz musicians.

He has performed and/or recorded with Junior Cook, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Hart, Ryan Kisor, Etta Jones, Scott Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Al Foster, Eric Alexander, Curtis Stigers, Walt Weiskopf, and Jon Hendricks, among many others. Peter is also a faculty member in the renowned jazz program at New School University.

Aside from being quite busy as a recording sideman, Peter leads his own groups at various venues in and around New York, such as Smalls, Mezzrow, The Kitano, and Smoke, as well as leading national and international appearances, including recent performances at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, the Zacatecas jazz festival in Mexico, and a tour of Canada as a co-leader with saxophonist Walt Weiskopf. At the same time, he has been performing regularly as a sideman with a host of other artists, including Jim Snidero, Peter Bernstein, Ryan Kisor, Jimmy Cobb, Walt Weiskopf, Carlos Abadie, Doug Webb, and many others, both in the U.S and internationally. peterzakmusic.com

Eddie Henderson is one of today's top and most original jazz trumpet players. Henderson was born in New York City October 26, 1940. His father sang with the Charioteers, and his mother danced as one of the Brown twins at the Cotton club. Louis Armstrong gave Eddie his first few trumpet lessons at the age of nine. Eddie moved with his family to San Francisco when he was 14 years old. He studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1954 to'57.Around 1956, Miles Davis was guest at Eddie Henderson's home during a black Hawk Jazz Club gig and was impressed with Eddie's ability to perform his famous "Sketches of Spain" without a fluff but encouraged Henderson to seek his own originality. Following Air Force service from 1958 to '61, Eddie became the first African American to compete for the National figure skating Championship, winning the pacific and Midwestern titles.

The year 1961 was the beginning of Eddie pursuing dual careers-medicine and music. After receiving a bachelor of science in Zoology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964,he got his M.D. at Howard university Medical School in 1968. Eddie interned at San Francisco's French Hospital during 1968 and '69 and undertook a two-year residency in psychiatry at the University of California hospital from 1969 to '71.

Henderson first got worldwide recognition for his jazz-trumpet playing from the popular recordings he made with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group during the early '70s. other jazz perfomers Eddie has played with include Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Max Roach, Jackie McClean, Dexter Gordon, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson etc. Henderson has been on the faculty at Juillard school of music since 2007 and Oberlin University jazz department faculty since 2014. His discography consists of albums under his name on Capricorn record, Blue Note, Capital, Columbia, Steeplechase records, Sirocco, Kind of Blue, Furthermore and Smoke sessions.

Essiet Okon Essiet first received critical acclaim more than a decade ago as a member of saxophonist Bobby Watson's post-hard bop group Horizon. He has long since established himself as one of New York's premier bassist.

He began is musical studies on the violin at age 10, then switched to bass four years later and began studying jazz. Having traveled widely as a youngster with his family, originally from Nigeria, he had an easy time adjusting to life on the road once he turned professional. His early exposure to many cultures, languages, folkways, and religions fostered his worldview of strength through diversity. "Some musicians are purist" says Essiet, "but I like to mix styles. I like many different types of cultures."

His first big break came in 1982 when he met Chicago based percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Leaders, who asked Essiet to join his quartet. During that same year the bassist met Abdullah Ibrahim, the famed South African pianist.

Eventually Essiet settled in NYC. Two years later, he joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and remained in the group until the famed drummer/teacher's passing in 1990. During the next decade the bassist began what has proven to be a significant freelance career, performing and recording with such notables as Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, and Cedar Walton to name a few. essietokonessiet.com/

Sylvia is an active drummer on the New York jazz scene who is contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations. She has had the honor of sharing the bandstand with saxophone legend Joe Henderson for 4 years and trumpet legend Clark Terry for 17 years, touring throughout Europe and the North America.

Cuenca has performed with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Haden, Billy Taylor, the Clark Terry Quintet and Big Band, Marian McPartland, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Lou Donaldson, Etta Jones, Kenny Barron, and Alicia Keys to name a few.

In 2015 she performed at Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center with Albert “Tootie” Heath’s 4 drum set group called “The Whole Drum Truth” which also included drummers Louis Hayes and Joe Saylor. She was a guest clinician at the Sisters in Jazz Program at the IAJE Convention in NYC and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Cuenca has been a longtime faculty member at the Jazz for Teens and Pre-Teen Program at NJPAC and the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California. She was an artist-in-residence at various universities in the U.S. and Europe with the Clark Terry quintet, Eddie Henderson quartet and as a leader with her own groups.

She has studied with jazz master drummers Adam Nussbaum, Victor Lewis, Keith Copeland and Brazilian drummer Portinho. Sylvia endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and brushes and Remo Drumheads exclusively. She currently resides in New York City. sylviacuenca.com

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