The Inside Men – Giving A New Sound To The Classic Jazz Quartet

From the classic post–bop style to avant garde sensibility, the Inside Men bring their own thing to this art form called Jazz.  We are always finding new inspiration and originality in this powerful and profound music.  The Inside Men play inside, we play outside – and always with intensity and commitment.
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Meet The Band

Carter Scholz – Piano

Although he grew up in New York City at the peak of the hard bop and free jazz eras, Carter studied classical piano and didn't discover jazz till his teens, the year that Coltrane died.  In jazz he is largely self-taught, a rich and rewarding process that continues to this day.  He has also played Javanese gamelan, free improv, and experimental computer music (a CD of computer works is available from
Carter Scholz - Piano
Mike Pierce - Sax

Mike Pierce – Sax

Growing up on the near north side of Chicago, Mike heard blues and jazz played all around him. After years of playing the blues on various instruments he took up the saxophone when he moved to the west coast and focused on expanding his musical vision through jazz. Mike Pierce has been playing in various bands in the bay area for over 20 years; his culmination is with The Inside Men.

Rick Wallace – Bass

Rick Wallace grew up in Western Pennsylvania where he started playing electric bass  when he was thirteen. He attended the Berklee College of music and for over 10 years  has studied with Bay Area bassist Glenn Richman. He lists Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, and Charles Mingus among his many influences.
Rick Wallace - bass
Rick Wallace - bass

Phil Hodges – Drums

Despite having grown up in the desert of West Texas, Phil somehow acquired a taste for jazz. Starting at age 12, Phil played classical percussion in the school marching band and orchestra, but was also exposed to Texas blues, country & Western, AM radio soul & funk, and classic rock. Since college, Phil has played drums in a lot of rock bands, taught drum lessons, and learned to record. And somehow, he still discovered jazz....
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"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
      –Charlie Parker

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"Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty."
 –Max Roach

Places We’ve Played:

Caffe Chiave On Piedmont
4045 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA
Caffe Trieste
2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA
Caffe Chiave On San Pablo
2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA
2181 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
The Arlington Cafe
269 Arlington Ave
Kensington, CA
The Albatross
1822 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, Ca
The Den @ The Fox Theatre
19th and Telegraph
Oakland, CA
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA
Awaken Cafe
429 Broadway
Oakland, CA
Actual Cafe
6334 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA
Local 123
2049 San Pablo Ave
Berkely, CA

The Inside Men Record Live!

Jazz is such an expressive art form that the isolated environment of the recording studio often fails to capture the ambience of a live jazz performance. These tracks are all live, direct-to-stereo recordings of The Inside Men performing before an audience. They represent our music in its purest form, next to being at the show.

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"Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty."  
        -Max Roach


The Inside Men - Live