Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

The band features five musicians who have a deep feel for the jazz tradition. All five could be leaders in their own right. Together, well, the band is even better than the sum of its parts.

Hailing from Dursley, England, pianist Mike Greensill might be best known in the Bay Area as resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show, "West Coast Live," as well as his role as musical director to vocalist Wesla Whitfield, with whom he's recorded more then twenty albums. He regularly appears with the best Bay Area players and tours nationally. Not just a superlative pianist, he's also a gifted composer. The band showcases Mike's compositions and some tasty vocals too. 

Saxophonist Charlie McCarthy comes from a musical family - his father was an accomplished trombone player in the Bay Area. His playing experience includes many of the greats in Jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, and many others. He's contributed some adventurous arrangements to the repertoire. He's featured on both tenor saxophone and flute. Charlie is simply a superb musician.

Joe Cohen, featured on alto saxophone, is one of the most in-demand players in the Bay Area, with a busy schedule performing locally and on tour as well as studio work. He always the right note at the right time with an impeccable rhythmic feel. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute and clarinet. A partial list of notable players he's worked with includes Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad and Lavay Smith. As well as a distinctive voice on saxophone, Joe contributes to the repertoire. 

John Clark, on bass, studied with Ray Brown and Buster Williams and has extensive performing and recording experience both locally and nationally, appearing with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Frank Jackson, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Denise Perrier and Jackie Ryan among many others. 

Drummer Greg Gotelli can be heard frequently in Bay Area Jazz clubs with with top tier players like Noel Jewkes, Jules Broussard, numerous others.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the link below, or at the door on the night of the show. Doors open one hour before show time. If you have any questions please call us at #510-654-3808.