CHOICES.....WE ALL HAVE THEM. SOME HAVE MORE THAN OTHERS Ultimately, we are the choices we make, and each of us has the choice to live the changes we want to see in the world. It has been a great privilege performing with Omar, Randy, and John for the past few years. Mutual respect and admiration are in abundance when we play, and the combination of great individual skills and a chamber music mentality make the music special for us and those who choose to listen. A choice we hope you will make. OMAR CLAY- Drums Born in St. Louis, Missouri, OMAR has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 25 years. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from San Francisco State University. He has composed, performed and/or recorded as a drummer/percussionist with Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach with M'Boom, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, Frank Foster, Bob James, The Bee Gees, Ernestine Anderson, and many others. He has performed and taught master classes in Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan. For a complete discography, refer to All Music.com. RANDY VINCENT - Guitar Randy began his career in Florida and moved to the Bay Area in 1980 . Since then he has divided his time between performing and teaching .Among the many musicians with whom he has performed and recorded are: Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Watrous, Herb Pomeroy, Ernie Watts George Cables, Tony Dumas, Akira Tana, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Steve Smith, and The Turtle Island String Quartet. His own CD, "Mirror Image"with Mel Graves, George Marsh and Bob Afifi has recently been released. Randy has taught jazz guitar at Sonoma State University for 24 years and has conducted clinics throughout the U.S. You may find more information on his website, randyvincent.com John Wiitala, bass John has lived...........?has performed and recorded with Joe Henderson, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete Jolly, Mark Levine, Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman. And Wesla Whitfield. As part of the house band at Jazz at Pearls in San Francisco from 1993-2000 he played with people like Lou Levy, Bobby Hutcherson, Marlena Shaw, Al Viola, and Charlie Rouse. John is currently teaching at the Jazz School in Berkeley,and during the summer at the Jazz Camp West, and the Stanford Jazz Camp. Mario Guarneri MARIO'S career has encompassed everything from playing with Louis Armstrong at the age of 13 to fifteen seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Guarneri has recorded solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, played principal trumpet with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra for ten seasons, and appeared on over 300 T.V. and motion picture soundtracks, most notably as soloist on Godfather III. Since his return to the Bay Area, where he was born and raised, he has concentrated his energies on the Guarneri Jazz Quartet. He teaches trumpet and improvisation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is the inventor of the B.E.R.P., a learning tool for brass instruments which is sold all over the world (BERP.com). He has performed over the years with a diverse list of creative musicians including Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway.