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Rob Hart Trio
w/ special guest
July 01, 2013
Monday, July 1
Rob Hart - drums
Scott Sorkin - guitar
Greg Sankovich - piano/organ/keyboards
Kai Eckhardt - bass
Doug Pohorski - acoustic bass
Jason Muscat - electric bass
The Rob Hart Trio - Kashmir by Led Zeppelin by lincolnadler
San Francisco Peninsula native and Berklee College of Music graduate Rob Hart is a consummate musician, teaching and performing regularly with the Rob Hart Trio in Bay Area venues. Rob has also performed/recorded with renowned bassist Kai Eckhardt (John McLaughlin), The Isley Brothers, Antilles recording artist Dave Mann, Dave Ellis (Charlie Hunter) Larry Grenedier (Pat Metheny, John Scofeild, Brad Mehldau) Wil Blades (Will Bernard , Stanton Moore) Marc Van Wageningen (Sheila E. , Ray Obiedo) CC Deville (Poison), and Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani/Steve Vai) among others, and has been featured as an opener for legendary jazz saxophonist Bennie Maupin and seminal jazz fusion pioneers Spyro Gyra.
Rob has studied with Steve Smith, Mike Clark, Gary Chaffee, and the late Tony Williams. He established the Rob Hart Drum Studio in 1985. Some of his successful students have gone on to join renowned touring bands and award-winning ensembles. Rob is an active clinician and continues to conduct various rhythm section workshops in the San Francisco Bay area.
Rob endorses DW Drums© and Vic Firth© drum sticks and is currently signed to the Bay Area’s Simply Smokin’™ Records. © The Rob Hart Trio’s debut CD, “Trios of the Past, Present, and Future,” is available on the web at www.robharttrio.com. A Selected track from this eclectic collection were chosen from nearly 700 CD entries nationwide and is featured on a Bethlehem Archives jazz label sampler CD entitled "Jazz You Must Own!" The Trio has just released its ambitious follow up double- live disc called “Art of Improvisation,” now available at www.robharttrio.com and www.cdbaby.com.
KAI ECKHARDT – BASS
Kai Eckhardt is a Liberian/ German bassist and composer best known for his contribution to the John Mclaughlin Trio in the 80's, Billy Cobham’s International Quartet in the 90's and the band Garaj Mahal in the new Millennium. Kai has also recorded and performed with Trilok Gurtu, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, George Brooks, Donald Byrd, Bela Fleck, Maria Joao, Dino Saluzzi, Sertab Erener, Palle Mikkelborg, Victor Wooten, Alphonse Mouzon, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Michael Franti, Larry Coryell, Warren Hill, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, John Scofield , Bill Frisell, George Benson, and Mike Stern.
DOUG POHORSKI – ACOUSTIC BASS
Doug Pohorski has been performing on the Acoustic and electric Bass in the Bay Area for almost 20 years with a host of instrumentalists and vocalists, including recording artists Michelle Hendricks, John Stowell, and Sylvia Cuenca. He has played at several jazz festivals including Monterey, San Jose and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Doug performs with many Bay Area Jazz artists such as, Mark Levine, Shanna Carlson, Harvey Wainapel, Jennifer Lee, Denise Perrier, Daria, Wally Schnalle, Anton Schwartz, Bob Johnson, and many others.
Doug is a versatile artist whose background includes Pop, Funk, a variety of jazz styles including Bebop, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian styles.
SCOTT SORKIN - GUITAR Bay Area native Sorkin is a graduate of San Jose State University. Scott’s Television credits include: KQED (PBS) Channel 9 - Royal Society Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco television special and his Movie Soundtracks include: Scoring, Performing and Recording the feature film, “Fat Rose & Squeaky” with the Open Path Music crew, starring Louise Fletcher and Cicely Tyson. Performing on an independent film scored and conducted by the late, renowned composer Lou Harrison. He has performed with Kristen Strom Quintet, jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada, and South America, Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Turre & Michael Turre, Dave Schelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band, Full Faith & Credit Big Band, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Saxophone Orchestra, Larry Grenadier, Don Haas, Gail Dobson, Anton Schwartz, San Jose Symphony, Monterey Symphony, San Jose Civic Light Opera, American Musical Theatre, West Bay Opera, Bill Conti, Vikki Carr, The Drifters, The Diamonds, The Ink Spots, Bruce Forman, Smith Dobson, Noel Jewkes, Louie Bellson, The Great Performances Series to name a few.
JASON MUSCAT – ELECTRIC BASS Jason developed his skills in band class, where he won the school music award two years in a row. He graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral College Preparatory and attended SF State University. Excited to explore a career in music, Jason studied for 2 years with Rick Giovinatso, student of Jeff Berlin. He then studied for 6 months with Michael Wilcox.
Jason has been playing professionally since 1990. During those 16 years, he has performed and recorded with Tim Herb Alexander (Primus), Alex Skolnick (Michael Manring, Testament), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Atma Anur (Journey), Will Bernard (Motherbug, T.J. Kirk), and Roy Thomas Baker (producer for Queen & The Cars).
Jason spends most his time teaching bass in the city and co-leading a jazz trio, with Brandon Robinson on guitar and Brandon Etzler on drums. He also performs with local greats, Diz Dismore, Jeff Massanari, Wally Schanlle, Ray Sayre, Jimmy Sage, Cory Combs, Drew Waters, Lorn Leber, Russ Gold, Julie Homi, Jeff Marrs, Wil Blades, and Adam Shulman. He is also a member of one of the most in demand Bay Area tribute band Tainted Love.
GREG SANKOVICH – PIANO / ORGAN / KEYBOARDS
Greg Sankovich began music with classical piano when he was six years old and later studied with some of the finest jazz and Latin pianists in the San Francisco area, including pianist/educator Mark Levine. As a youth, Greg played out in the local music scene with a variety of jazz, R&B, and dance bands, and was also active in the UC Jazz Ensembles. He performed with international blues artist Brenda Boykin for three years. Greg lived in Tokyo for over ten years, working with many top Japanese artists as well as contributing his sound to many TV and radio productions. Since moving back to the SF Bay area in 1994, Greg has performed in a wide range of musical projects from jazz to house, hip-hop to pop. His musical inspirations include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chester Thompson, and Chuck Leavell.