Tenor Saxophonist Scotty Silver, the founder and leader of WestSide Jazz Club is a third generation New Yorker from the Bronx & the child of two avid Swing fans.
In 1980 he brought his sax to San Francisco and has blown changes around town ever since. In 2003 he formed WestSide Jazz Club, a tight knit collective of world class musicians playing the WestSide book, making the scene.
Ted Burik (bass) Ted has played modern and traditional jazz for over 40 years in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay area. Ted has graced the stages at Yoshi’s Oakland and the SF Jazz Center’s Minor Auditorium with the Resonance Jazz Ensemble and the Mandala Orchestra. Ted is also an avid arranger and composer.
Ari Caprow (guitar) from Buffalo absorbed the musical currents that flowed through the funky old industrial town in the late ‘60s: R&B, blues, and jazz, especially the “soul jazz" of the organ trios that toured the cities throughout the Great Lakes region.
Chris Gamper (Drums) plays the drum set as well as vibraphone, marimba, steel drums, hand percussion, symphonic and accessory percussion.
Chris has performed extensively nationally and internationally and continues to perform very regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area and vicinity as a bandleader as well as a sideman with many different jazz, funk, latin funk, world beat and rock bands.
He has recorded two solo albums as well as a number of other albums with different jazz, funk, latin funk, world beat and rock bands.
Carl Herder (bass) has done everything wrong. He quit his trombone studies at the Eastman School to play bass in a rock band. He has been pathologically unable to stay put in one genre of music, having composed and performed in musical theater of all stripes, even done some Kulintang from the southern Philippines. Most recently, he has established a reputation for injecting the unexpected into a shifting kaleidoscope of jazz agglomerations across the Bay Area.
Darryl Kniffen's (drums) creativity is apparent in all aspects of life, from creating original instruments from recycled materials with his students at school, to composing inventive pieces that push the boundaries of jazz and rock. Darryl Kniffen is an exceptionally creative, passionate, and innovative drummer/educator/composer.
MFrom Seattle, Lise Ramaley (bass) has toured with her acoustic bass in New York, Europe, and a tour in Cuba. While Lise plays primarily jazz, she has played classical, latin, funk, rock, folk, and fusion music as well.
Now living in San Francisco, Lise plays in various groups around the city, including the Westside Jazz Club, the first group she played with in the Bay Area.
Marc Carmi Smith – Now a true Californian, Marc has been living and working in the Bay Area since 1989 and has been part of some great groups including Jazz Iguanas, Tom Finch Group(s), STACKS, Miles Ahead Group and the legendary Lost at Home Parade Drum Line.
Along with the West Side Jazz Club, Marc performs with numerous other music groups.
Lukas Vesely (bass) is one of the most versatile bassists and pianists residing in the Bay Area. He is a multi-instrumentalist, music educator and prolific composer.
While working on his undergraduate degree at Berklee College of Music and teaching at the highly respected Stanford Jazz Workshop, he had the wonderful opportunity to study with Ray Brown, Buster Williams, Oscar Stagnaro, Mathew Garrison, and Larry Grenadier.
Gary Zellerbach (guitar) performs and records regularly around the Bay Area with a rotating cast of the area’s top musicians. He has played many premier venues such as the SFJAZZ Center, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, (the former) Yoshi's San Francisco, Club Deluxe, and many more. As he likes to say, “Live music makes the event!”