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Jazz Museum Events, January 22-25, 2008 Jazz on Film January 22, 2008 Ben Wolfe January 25, 2008 On Tuesday, January 22nd the Jazz for Curious Listeners series continues with a jazz on film presentation, so come share in archival jazz moments. Bassist Ben Wolfe will inaugurate a composition related to the Himalayas, on Friday, January 25th at the Rubin Museum of Art, for Harlem in the Himalayas.
Each week the National Jazz Museum in Harlem brings together an audience of jazz lovers, some new to the music, some enriching their interests, and others being long-time appreciators of this most magnificent music. Wherever you are on the spectrum, we'd love for you to join us at our programs this week.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
JAZZ for CURIOUS LISTENERS 7:00 pm | At the Harlem School of the Arts 645 St. Nicholas Ave. (off 141st Street) FREE Tonight's feature: A Jazz Film Show
Jazz on film is the closest one can get to the full experience of a live jazz show without actually being there. Executive Director Loren Schoenberg has a treasure trove of clips and shows that he's tapping into for your viewing and sonic pleasure tonight. Come experience rare moments of jazz bliss captured via cinematic magic.
Friday, January 25, 2008
HARLEM IN THE HIMALAYAS Ben Wolfe Double Quartet featuring Marcus Strickland premiering a new composition relating to the Himalayas 7:00 pm Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011
Box Office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344 $18 in advance; $20 at the door
Bassist-composer-educator Ben Wolfe was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. By his early twenties, he was freelancing in the Portland area and also 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, to perform 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 many television, radio, and other media. Ben then went on to the Wynton Marsalis Septet, where he stayed until the group disbanded.
Through the years he 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.
The artists Ben has recorded with include Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Marcus Roberts, Branford Marsalis, Eric Reed, Benny Green, Carl Allen, and Diana Krall. He has been 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.
Ben has created five CDs leading his own group. All five are made up of solely of his own compositions and arrangements. The first is entitled 13 Sketches" (1996), the second Bagdad Theater" (1997); both of these have been released on Mons Records. His third CD, the critically acclaimed Murray's Cadillac" (2000) has been released on Amosaya Records. Ben's fourth CD, My Kinda Beautiful" (2004) has been released by Planet Arts Recordings. This CD features writing for a large ensemble including strings.
Ben is currently teaching at Juilliard School of Music: Jazz Division. And watch for Ben's latest CD No Strangers Here being released by Maxjazz in the spring of '08, but in the meantime come check out his new composition, dedicated to the Himalayas, at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's ongoing series, Harlem in the Himalayas.