The inception of the Quintet started with my desire to perform the mostly forgotten music written by trumpeter Kenny Dorham for the quintet he co-led with saxophonist Joe Henderson in the mid-1960s. These compositions, while within the hard bop genre, are not exactly of it. They are different—dark, soulful, sophisticated, highly arranged, and with ingenious motifs and rhythmic devices that make each one of them a distinctive road map for improvisation. (Our video of Dorham's composition "São Paulo" is a good example of this.) Dorham’s neglected masterpieces form the core of the group’s repertoire and concept, complimented by additional compositions by Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Walter Bishop Jr., Billy Harper, and others.

The members of the quintet love this music and this group as much as I do and are equally dedicated to it, often traveling long distances or turning down more lucrative gigs in order to play together.


Bill Mobley, trumpet

Dave Riekenberg, tenor saxophone

Cecilia Coleman, piano

Matt Clohsey, bass

Chuck Braman, drums



Richie Vitale, Don Sickler, David Smith, trumpet

Tom Christensen, Rich Perry, saxophone

Sarah Jane Cion, Gary Versace, piano

Noriko Ueda, Paul Gill, Evan Gregor, Thomson Kneeland, bass


Pat 'n Chat

São Paulo


Kenny Dorham:

Back Road

Brown’s Town


La Mesha

Night Watch

An Oscar for Oscar

Pedro’s Time

Sao Paulo

Short Story

Sunrise In Mexico


Una Mas

Whistle Stop

Joe Henderson:


In ‘N Out



Our Thing



Step Lightly

Teeter Tooter

Thelonious Monk:

Hornin’ In



Woody Shaw:

The Moontrane

Theme For Maxine


Coral Keys (Walter Bishop Jr.)

Crocket Ballet (Billy Harper)

Joshua (Victor Feldman)

Lost (Wayne Shorter)

Pat ‘n Chat (Hank Mobley)

Rio (Wayne Shorter)

Scene (Tom Harrell)

Sky Dive (Freddie Hubbard)

The Black Angel (Kenny Barron)

Waiting For Chet (Hal Galper)



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The Quintet