Warren Wolf’s Wolfpack
Photo Credit Anna Webber
The vibraphone is one of jazz’s most illustrious instruments – with, relatively few people able to “conquer” it, which makes its legacy and genealogy all the more precious. Warren Wolf is poised to join the likes of Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton and Terry Gibbs among scant few others such as Joe Locke as he makes his way into the instrument’s higher ground. The Baltimore native is truly one of the most gifted – and accomplished – all-around younger players in jazz today.
Well-schooled to say the least, the vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist graduated from Baltimore School for the Arts in 1997 and attended Berklee College of Music where he studied under the tutelage of vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Wolf enjoyed a major breakthrough when he appeared on Bobby Watson’s 2008 From the Heart (Palmetto) session. Although he had self-produced and released previous recordings and worked with many East Cost-based ensembles, the Watson release marked the start of a string of invitations from the likes of Christian McBride, SF Jazz Collective, Kenny Barron and Ron Carter, among many others. In 2011 Wolf released his self-titled major label debut for Mack Avenue; two years ago Mack Avenue released Wolfgang.
This is Wolf’s third Jazz Series appearance – and first leading his own group – having appeared previously as a member of McBride’s Inside Straight ensemble and with pianist Aaron Diehl. Joining Wolf are pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Vincente Archer and drummer CV Dashiell.
Warren Wolf's Wolfpack