Ed Cherry Trio

Guitarist Ed Cherry played with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992, and appears on four of Gillespie's recordings, including the Grammy Award winning "Live at Royal Festival Hall" (Enja).

Following Gillespie's death in in 1993, Ed performed and recorded with Paquito D'Riveras' small group, composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill's "Very, Very Circus" and Hammond organist John Patton. From 1997 to 1998, Cherry worked in Roy Hargrove's “Crisol” Latin jazz band, and with baritone saxist Hamiett Bluiett. In 2001 and 2002, Cherry toured Europe and Japan with his own groups, featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis, and appeared with organist Jimmy Smith.

Ed is currently a member of vocalist Paula West's quartet as well as leading his own trio, and working extensively as a sideman and educator.

Ed has released three recordings as a leader: "First Take" (Groovin' High) 1993, "A Second Look" (Groovin' High), 1995, and "The Spirit Speaks" (Justin Time), 2001.

Ed appeared at Chez Hanny twice previously with Jared Gold and Sylvia Cuenca.


In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Hammond B3 organist Wil Blades has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, Billy Martin, Johnny Vidacovich, and many others.

Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a personal, modern sound.

Wil's debut record, "Sketchy", is now available on Doodlin' Records.


Drummer Darrell Green attended the California Institute of the Arts on a scholarship, majoring in jazz studies with an emphasis on African percussion.

Throughout college, Green drove up to the Bay Area every weekend to play at San Francisco’s Club Deluxe with Marcus Shelby and Howard Wiley. In 2001 he began touring with Lavay Smith, and formed a trio with guitarist Julian Lage and bassist David Ewell. Two years later, Green joined the Dave Ellis Quintet and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

In 2005 Green landed a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. Shortly thereafter he began working with David Weiss, saxophonists JD Allen and Sherman Irby, and the Myron Waldon/Daron Barrett Quartet.

Green currently performs with Pharoah Sanders, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sherman Irby, Steve Turre, Faye Carol, Lavay Smith, and Jeremy Pelt.

He appeared here previously with Dayna Stephens.