SFJAZZ Hotplate: Patrick Wolff plays Joe Henderson's 'Our Thing' | SFJAZZ
Although not quite as well known as some of Joe Henderson's other records for Blue Note, Our Thing is a favorite of jazz musicians. It showed the intense and intellectual side of Henderson's playing and writing at a moment when hard bop was still rooted in language and tradition, yet fearlessly looking to the future. Through his collaborations with the date's pianist, Andrew Hill, whose thorny and idiosyncratic writing clearly had an influence on his own, and the presence of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a classic earthy bebop player and composer, Henderson captured a moment when jazz could be smart, funny, and uncompromisingly adventurous all at once.
Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and radio host, originally from New York, and currently residing in San Francisco. His tone and phrasing display firm roots in the bebop tradition, but his style reflects a wide open approach to different eras of jazz and folk traditions from all corners of the world. Wolff has studied with Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, Frank Foster, Ron McClure, and Frank Kimbrough. He has worked multiple generations of notable jazz musicians, including Shane Endsley, Tootie Heath, Grant Stewart, Ben Goldberg, Matt Wilson, Josh Roseman, Judi Silvano, Dena DeRose, and has toured heavily with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009, Wolff has worked with many of the most exciting local bandleaders, including Graham Connah, Adam Shulman, and Andrew Speight, and has been a member and featured soloist with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.
Wolff currently leads a trio with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal, as well as a sextet with the same trio, trumpeter Erik Jekabson, pianist Adam Shulman, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Both groups perform his original music and can be seen in regular performance. The trio and sextet have recorded two records, Your Obedient Ghost and Noose of Light. During his time in NYC, he led a trio with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Yujiro Nakamura, performed regularly at clubs like the Bar Next Door and Louis 649, was an active member of the MTA’s Music Under New York program, and released a cd entitled Petals. He also leads the San Francisco Repertory Jazz Quartet with Adam Shulman, Eric Markowitz on bass, and James Gallagher on drums. The group explores obscure and underplayed bebop repertoire, and has released a CD entitled Go Down Swinging.
Patrick Wolff tenor saxophone
Mike Olmos trumpet
Keith Saunders piano
Eric Markowitz bass
Evan Hughes drums