Denny Berthiaume, The Art of the Trio,
and Annmarie Martin
present our favorites!
SAT, AUG 26, at 7:00PM
Doors open at 6:15PM for wine, goodies, and dessert.
Purchase tickets online using the TICKETS link above
Or call (408) 864-4060 (M – F, 10AM – 6PM)
Denny Berthiaume is called by KQED “one of the 10 best pianists in the Bay Area” — and no wonder! At the age of 5, Denny began his life long love of the piano. His father, a musician, teacher, and composer, saw to it that young Dennis was exposed to the early romantic sounds of Bach and Chopin, as well as the great American composers, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Kern. An early memory while the family lived in Chicago is sitting on Arthur Fiedlers lap in the kitchen surrounded with the sounds and rhythms of the 40’s. A move to California enabled Denny to begin studying at the San Francisco Conservatory at age 6. His teen years included classical recitals, but after exposure to Bruback, Previn, Miles and Monk, jazz took over. Fast forward to the 70’s and the beginnings of a teaching career in both English and Music at Foothill College. And along with his full time teaching career, Denny took a long-standing gig at Garden City, the premier jazz venue on the Peninsula, while accompanying many great jazz vocalists, such as Diane Schuur, Rosemary Clooney and a host of others. Bay Area musical productions also created an outlet for his piano skills, with such productions as West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, Will Rogers Follies, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and A Chorus Line to his credit. Denny now devotes himself to composing, arranging, and performing, both solo and with The Art of the Trio (with Chuck Bennett, bass, and Bill Belasco, drums).
Chuck Bennett has toured with Louis Bellson, the Beach Boys, and Maynard Ferguson. In California, he has played with Tom Scott and Art Pepper. He has extensive recording experience in Los Angeles and San Francisco for films, commercials, live theater, and live radio. Chuck is also an accomplished bass trombonist with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.
Bill Belasco is a well-respected drummer on the San Francisco music scene. After playing drums with the Pickle Family Circus for fifteen years, Bill has been continually adding musical diversity to his repertoire by playing with such diverse groups as Patrick Maier, Majestic Swing, The Sharmen Duran Trio, The Dave Miller Trio featuring Mario Suraci. Bill currently freelances with many singers such as Faye Carol, Pamela Hawkins, and Tony Lindsey, as well as instrumental groups such as The Moodswing Orchestra, The Medicine Ball Band, and Jazz Caliente, playing in night clubs, cabaret shows, weddings, concerts, and recording sessions. Currently Bill is a member of The Laurent Fourgo Ensemble, Joe Escobar Quartet, Jules Rowell Quintet, and Jazz Client, another Latin jazz group that plays Brazilian and Cuban tunes. Bill’s latest collaborations include those with Paula Harris, Betty Roi, and Jim Passard. Playing the Bay Area party circuit, Bill also plays with Hit Waves, a versatile dance and concert group.
Annmarie Martin, who holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from San Jose State University, has performed many principal roles with American Musical Theater San Jose, Broadway-By-the-Bay, Woodminster, Peninsula Center Stage, Hillbarn Theater, Palo Alto Players, Pacific Repertory Theatre, TheaterWorks, Contra Costa Musical Theater, Symphony Silicon Valley, and other regional companies. Favorite roles include Reno (Anything Goes), Rizzo (Grease), Gloria (Damn Yankees), Mary Jane (Big River), A Star to Be (Annie), Avril/Mallory (City of Angels), Peep Bo (Hot Mikado), Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers), Cleo (Most Happy Fella), Mother (Ragtime), Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), Golde (Fiddler on the Roof), Mama Rose (Gypsy), and the title roles in My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Evita, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Mame. Annmarie is often heard singing the U.S. and Canadian national anthems out on the ice at the Sharks games.