Wolff & Clark Expedition
The Wolff & Clark Expedition is co-led by pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark, two Bay Area musicians, now living in NYC, who have had amazing careers as sidemen and leaders in the world of jazz. They present a jazz performance that is acoustic, funky, swinging, loose, free, fun, and soulful. The self titled CD, Wolff & Clark Expedition, released on Random Act Records, features their own deconstructed takes on funky classics and jazz standards. They will be joined by Doug Miller on bass and will be signing CDs after the show.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8pm
$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188
The Wolff & Clark Expedition is co-led by pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark. Both of these jazz masters started their careers in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970's and have continued to create, record and perform in the bands of the premiere jazz musicians of their time, as well as being leaders of their own projects. They are now both based out of New York City.
Michael Wolff , who attended Berkeley High School and UC Berkeley, went on the road with Cal Tjader at the age of 19, and continued on with Airto and Flora Purim, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Nancy Wilson, and many many others. As a leader Michael Wolff has released 12 Cd's on his own. Michael was a member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Jean Luc Ponty, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and singer Nancy Wilson, among many others. As musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show, Wolff performed with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Grandmaster Flash, as well as with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.
Mike Clark began with Vince Guaraldi, and made jazz history creating his own innovative style of drumming as a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters Band, and has, himself, gone on to be a leader of the Headhunters. Mike has released many top ten jazz albums as a leader, and has been featured as a sideman on over 100 albums. He has performed and recorded with Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Chet Baker, Christian McBride, Eddie Henderson, Nicholas Payton, Lenny White, and countless other jazz legends.
The music of the Wolff & Clark Expedition draws upon these experiences and combines their experimental jazz natures with their funky roots. Always central to the music is some feeling or intimation of the blues.
Wolff and Clark are the foundation of the band, bringing years of experience playing with the masters of jazz and other popular music. One identifying facet of the ensemble is the fluidity of the collaborating musicians who augment their vision. With this revolving door of band members, each ‘expedition’ is a new musical journey on their unrelenting search for fresh, exciting, wild, and soulful music. They have a long list of potential musical collaborators including: Steve Wilson, James Genus, Christian McBride, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, Randy Brecker, Wallace Roney, Terrell Stafford, Lenny Pickett, Ray Anderson, Dave Liebman, Ed Neumeister, Seamus Blake, and many more.
Each ‘expedition’ includes a wide variety of music: their own deconstructed takes on funky classics such as “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Song for My Father,” and the Beatle's “Come Together,” and deconstructed jazz standards such as Charlie Parker's “My Little Suede Shoes,” and Cole Porter's “What Is This Thing Called Love?”. Michael Wolff and Mike Clark are also respected composers, and their own compositions are featured in every performance.
The Wolff/Clark Expedition presents a jazz performance that is acoustic, funky, swinging, loose, free, fun, and soulful. The whole range of emotions are evoked by the music this band creates. With each ‘expedition’ Wolff and Clark are truly living their music in the moment. You never know what will happen in live performance. You just know that it will be spontaneous and exciting, and that the audience will be swept along to join them in their musical expedition.
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