Chuck Metcalf Tribute
Photo by BeverlyTharp
"This is a tribute to bassist/composer Chuck Metcalf featuring some of
his wonderful musical compositions. Chuck grew up in the Seattle area
alongside Quincy Jones and Ray Charles in what was, at the time, a very
vibrant and creative music scene. Chuck was a curious and adventurous
spirit whose soul was captured by the first bebop records of Charlie
Parker. He started playing bass in high school and continued through
college while he pursued a degree in architecture from the University
of Washington. Alongside his many accomplishments as a musician, he
became a licensed architect who took an interest in urban planning and
alternative ways of developing sustainable communities. His idealism in
regards to balancing the needs of the community with the individual
found artistic expression in his own musical life. He wrote several
books on music. (Notably one on harmony and the bass.) Chuck was a
thoughtful and imaginative man of many passions and is missed by his
friends and fellow musicians." --David Udolf
In a career which began in the 1950's and only ended with his death in 2012, bassist and composer Chuck Metcalf
performed with Dexter Gordon, Anita O'Day, Frank Morgan, Jim Pepper,
Ernestine Anderson, Joe Venuti, Mark Murphy, Mose
Allison, Chet Baker, Kenny Barron, Charlie Byrd, Conte Candoli, Larry
Coryell, Bob Dorough, Billy Eckstine, Art Farmer, Benny Goodman, Bobby
Hutcherson, Harold Land, Charles Lloyd, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Pass, Art
Pepper, Woody Shaw, George Shearing, and Mel Torme.
He released four recordings as a leader, and composed over 80 original
and substantial jazz tunes, many of which will be featured in this
He appeared twice at Chez Hanny with a group including several of the musicians below.
Pianist David Udolf
has played with Terri Bryant of the Fifth Dimension, saxophonist Herb
Geller, R&B legend Bo Diddley, and toured internationally with
singer Mary Stallings.
Bay Area artists he has worked with include: Jules Broussard, Opie
Bellas, Sherri Roberts, Kenny Washington, Jennifer Lee, Clairdee,
Denise Perrier, Lavay Smith, Shanna Carlson, Vicki Burns, Chuck
Metcalf, Warren Gale, Noel Jewkes, Hal Stein, Pete Yellin, Donald
Bailey, and Jules Rowell.
He has a MSC from University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher. He teaches piano privately.
He appeared here previously with Chuck Metcalf, Jules Rowell, and Ratzo Harris.
Saxophonist Steve Heckman has
performed with Howard McGhee, Roswell Rudd, Slam Stewart, Si Zentner,
Urbie Green, the Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey bands (led by Lee Castle and
Warren Covington, respectively), Cal Collins, Bruce Foreman, George
Cables, Andrew Hill, Jessica Williams, Eddie Moore, Donald Bailey, Pete
Escovedo, Tom Harrell, and Madeline Eastman, among many others.
Steve was a regular member of trumpeter Eddie Henderson's quintet which
featured rising piano star Benny Green. He was also privileged to play
loft sessions with both guitarist John Abercrombie and the late
trumpeter Chet Baker.
He has released two CDs as a leader, "With John in Mind", and "Live at Yoshi's".
He performed previously at Chez Hanny with Chuck Metcalf and with his own quartet.
Vibraphonist Jim Zimmerman
has had a varied career in percussion. After graduating from the San
Francisco Conservatory, Jim spent the following years working in the
Bay Area playing jazz, and doing recording, studio and show work. He
became staff percussionist and drummer at the Circle Star Theater where
he performed with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the
Temptations, Spinners, and Jackson Five.
Jim left the Circle Star Theater to join the legendary Vince Guaraldi
Trio with whom he recorded some of the Charlie Brown Peanuts specials.
In 1982, he joined the British jazz singer Cleo Laine. He recorded five
albums with Cleo including the Grammy winning "Live at Carnegie" double
album. From 1992 to 2004 toured with jazz Grammy winning vocalist
Jim has also recorded and played with Toots Thielmans, Joe Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper and Blue Mitchell.
Jim appeared here previously on drums with Khalil Shaheed and Daria Nile, and on vibes with the Bernal Jazz Quintet.
Bassist Ratzo B. Harris
has recorded with Mose Allison, Denny Zeitlin, Kenny Werner, Tom
Rainey, Joe Lovano, Mark Feldman, Eric Friedlander, Connie Crothers,
Gary Bartz, Randy Brecker, Vincent Herring, David Darling, Paul
McCandless, Jane Ira Bloom, John Scofield, and Paul Motian, and
performed frequently with Joe Henderson, Cal Tjader, John Handy,
Charles Lloyd, Jon Hendricks, Ted Curson, Tim Berne, Betty Carter,
Helen Merrill, Les Paul, Joanne Brackeen, and Jim Pepper.
has also been active as an educator, and has taught at Purdue
University, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, Berklee
College, New England Conservatory, Rotterdam Conservatory, University
of Ludwigsburg, the Music High Schools of Wurztburg and Cologne, the
New School for Social Research, the Manhattan School of Music and New
He has appeared here on three occasions with the Roberta Piket Trio with Billy Mintz, and three times with his own groups.
Drummer Ron Marabuto
grew up in the East Bay, playing with and greatly influenced by his
father, John Marabuto, a pianist and arranger busy and respected in the
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1974 Ron relocated to NYC 1977-87,
where he played with the likes of Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy
Flanagan, Duke Jordan, Jerry Dodgion, Frank Wess, Steve Grossman and
Back in SF since 1987, he has been active with Bruce Forman, Smith
Dobson, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman, Al Plank, Hal Stein, Calvin
Keyes, Warren Gale, Noel Jewkes, Bob Kenmotsu, Gini Wilson, and Walter
Savage, among others.
appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Chuck Metcalf, Mark Levine,
Chuck Manning, Will Matthews, and the Robb Fisher - Keith Saunders