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Wolff & Clark Expedition


Wolff & Clark Expedition

Sunday, May 7, 7:00pm · 8:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab


Wolff & Clark Expedition

A power-packed meeting of highly influential jazz instrumentalists, The Wolff & Clark Expedition is the brainchild of keyboardist and composer Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark. A California native, Wolff honed his early musical development through the renowned jazz program at Berkeley High School and began his professional career with Bay Area Latin jazz icon Cal Tjader’s ensemble. Wolff went on to memorable work with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, and as musical director to Nancy Wilson. He served for five years as bandleader and musical director on The Arsenio Hall Show, and formed a band with Clark called Impure Thoughts that would eventually evolve into the aptly named Wolff & Clark Expedition. Sacramento-born Clark is a purebred jazz artist, a primary architect of the revolutionary “East Bay” style of linear funk drumming, and one of the most sampled drummers in modern hip-hop and R&B. Best known as part of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Headhunters band of the early 1970s, Clark recorded the 1974 jazz/funk masterpiece Thrust with Hancock and has continued to work with various incarnations of the Headhunters as well as with Donald Harrison, Larry Coryell, Tony Bennett. The pair’s newest Random Act album, Expedition 2, received a 4½ star review from DownBeat and features bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Wallace Roney, and saxophonist Hailey Niswanger.

Artist Personnel

Michael Wolff piano
Mike Clark drums
Hailey Niswanger saxophones
Kenny Davis bass

"This trio’s groove-minded, harmonically savory style is so accessible, yet there aren’t a lot of other bands like it " — JazzTimes

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