Ben Wolfe Octet:
Ben Wolfe - bass/composer
Marcus Strickland - saxophone
Luis Perdomo - piano
Greg Hutchinson- drums
Jesse Mills - violin
Cyrus Beroukhim - violin
Kenji Bunch - viola
Alistair MacRae - cello
Jazz Standard - 116 East 27th Street New York
June 3rd, 2008 - Set Times 7:30 and 9:30 PM
For Reservations & Information CALL 212-576-2232
Ben Wolfe Bio:
Bassist-composer-educator Ben Wolfe was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in the Portland, Oregon area of the United States. By his early twenties, he was freelancing and backing Woody Shaw and other national acts when they came through town. At age 23, he moved to New York, where he worked with musical luminaries such as Junior Cook, Jimmy Cobb, Dakota Staton, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra.
By 1988, Ben landed a gig with Harry Connick Jr. and went on to record over a dozen albums and soundtracks, performed on numerous world tours as musical director and a key-performing member of the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra. During his five years with Connick, Ben appeared on numerous television, radio, and other media outlets. Wolfe then went on to join the Wynton Marsalis Septet for several years, where he stayed until the group disbanded.
Through the years Wolfe has gained a large following of jazz aficionados through his work with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which included performances with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry Sweets" Edison, and Billy Higgins to name a few.
Ben Wolfe has reordered with a large list of greats including Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Marcus Roberts, Branford Marsalis, Eric Reed, Benny Green, Carl Allen, and Diana Krall. He was an integral part of Diana Krall's touring band and has played on many of her recordings, including the Grammy Award winning CD, When I Look In Your Eyes." Wolfe has five CDs as a leader: 13 Sketches" (1996), Bagdad Theater" (1997); Murray's Cadillac" (2000) My Kinda Beautiful" (2004). Watch for Ben's latest CD No Strangers Here" being released by Maxjazz in the spring of '08
Ben is currently teaching at Juilliard School of Music: Jazz Division, and was recently awarded a grant from Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.