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      September 14, 2019

      Saturday   8:30 PM

      12383 Cedar Road
      Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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      Michael Wolff Trio

      Michael Wolff Trio
      Saturday 9/14
      8:30 pm Buy Tickets

      Pianist Extraordinaire and his NYC All-Star Trio live on the Nighttown Stage!  Playing material from his Brand New CD "Swirl".

      Featuring: Michael Wolff-piano, Ben Allison-acoustic bass, & Victor Jones-drums.

      Raised in Memphis, New Orleans and Northern California, Michael Wolff attended college in Berkeley and L.A. but left early to become a professional musician, joining Latin-jazz great Cal Tjader’s band in the early ’70s. He spent the next two decades gigging and recording with a veritable hall of fame, from Tjader to Cannonball Adderley, Tom Harrell, Sonny Rollins, Nancy Wilson and many others. 

      In 1993 Wolff made his leader debut with a self-titled release on Columbia, and he has since put out well over a dozen albums touting A-list players like Freddie Hubbard, Sheila E and Terri Lyne Carrington. During the mid-’90s, the nonpareil rhythm section of Christian McBride and Tony Williams anchored Wolff’s records Jumpstart! and 2 AM. Wolff & Clark Expedition, the pianist’s still-active collaboration with drummer Mike Clark, has released two collections of delightfully funky 21st-century hard bop since 2013.  

      In 1989, Wolff began a five-year tenure as the musical director of the band on The Arsenio Hall Show. (Yes, that was Wolff accompanying saxophonist and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in 1992, and backing the likes of Ray Charles, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Al Green, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis and Warren Zevon.) Later that decade, he composed the score for and co-produced the raved-about film The Tic Code. Starring Gregory Hines and his wife Holly Draper, who also wrote its original screenplay.

      Michael Wolff is one creative and successful pianist and composer that is worth hearing.

      Ben Allison-acoustic bass - In a career that spans over 30 years, bassist/composer Ben AllisonBen Allison has developed his own instantly identifiable sound, solidifying an international reputation as one of the leading bass players in the world today.

      Recent performance highlights include Carnegie Hall (New York City), Teatro Manzoni (Milan, Italy), Thatro Roberto Cantoral (Mexico City, Mexico), Auditório Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London, England).

      Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ben has performed and collaborated with an extremely diverse range of artists including saxophonists Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano, tap dancers Jimmy Slide and Gregory Hines and US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. He has appeared on over 50 albums and has written music for film, television and radio, including the theme for the National Public Radio (NPR) show OVictor Jonesn the Media (which boasts a listenership of over 2,000,000 people),

      Victor Jones-drums – Victor has been a first call bassist for dozens of major jazz artists including Michel Petrucciani, Richie Cole, The Mingus Big Band, Chico O'Farrill, Slide Hampton and more.  Victor recently played here at Nighttown with the great tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander.   
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