Laura Klein, jazz pianist, has been making music in the Bay Area since 1984. Laura is a composer co-leader of the jazz sextet Triceratops, which has appeared at Yoshi's, the Cotati Jazz Festival, KSCM's Jazz on the Hill, Kumbwaa Jazz Center, and on KCSM-FM for Sunday Night Suites. Laura has also played with many other jazz groups, and has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and with the San Francisco Symphony Pops. Laura has appeared here twice before, with vocalist Jenny Ferris and bassist Carol de Arment.
Carol De Arment began playing piano at age 6, then switched to guitar as a teenager. While still in high school, she purchased her first jazz album, Charles Mingus' Blues and Roots, which made her want to play the bass. A few years later, after moving to the Bay Area, she began studying jazz bass with Chris Amberger, Mel Graves, and Frank Tusa. Carol has worked as a jazz bassist in the Bay Area for 25 years, and has performed with pianist Debbie Poryes throughout her career. She is a former member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe band, has performed frequently with the local jazz ensemble Triceratops, and also with Mark Levine, Andrea Haverback, Bishop Normal Williams, and Jimmy Robinson. She was previously heard here accompanying Jessica Williams, as well as with vocalist Jenny Ferris and. pianist Laura Klein.
Tom Hassett took up the drums at age nine, but didn't start playing professionally until he was in his early thirties. He studied with Jerry Granelli in the 70's. For the last twenty years, he has played with many groups in clubs and other venues in the Bay Area. From 1998-2000, he was a member of the the Susan Chen Trio, whose residency at Harris' Steak House in San Francisco resulted in the CD Harris’ Nights. Over the last five years, he has been appearing all along the West Coast with the Lost Trio, with Philip Greenlief and Dan Seamans, and appears on their CD.