Patrick Wolff Sextet

As a composer, Patrick Wolff blends melodies and forms from a broad base of folk traditions and his own experiences with the advanced jazz conceptions of composers like Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman, and Booker Little. His music reflects a great reverence for jazz tradition, a high degree of attention to melody and feel, a non-traditional approach to structure and form, and an advanced awareness of sound.

Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator, originally from New York, and currently residing in San Francisco.

Wolff attended New York University, where he studied with Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, Frank Foster, Ron McClure, and Frank Kimbrough.

Patrick has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Shane Endsley, Josh Roseman, Judi Silvano, Ron McClure, Louis Hayes, Tootie Heath, Peter Bernstein, Larry Grenadier, Matt Wilson, Drew Gress, Marcus Gilmore, Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Lovano, George Cables, Marcus Belgrave, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, and Ray Drummond.

As a bandleader, he led a trio in NYC with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Yujiro Nakamura which performed regularly at clubs like Zebulon, the Bar Next Door, and Louis 649, and released a cd entitled "Petals."

Since relocating to the Bay Area, Wolff has worked with Graham Connah, Marcus Shelby, Andrew Speight, the San Francisco Jazz Orchestra, the Ray Band, and Mike Johnson’s 8-Legged Monster, among others.

He currently leads a trio with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal, as well as this sextet. Both groups perform original music and have recorded two records, “Your Obedient Ghost” and “Noose of Light”. He also leads a classic jazz quartet featuring Adam Shulman, Eric Markowtiz, and Smith Dobson V at the Club Deluxe.

As an educator, Wolff has taught privately for 14 years and worked on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 12 years.

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg received his undergraduate music degreefrom the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. He was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo, and studied with Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano.

Ben’s first important group "New Klezmer Trio" recorded three cds. Other recordings include two by "Junk Genius", with John Schott, Trevor Dunn, and Kenny Wollesen, "Light at the Crossroads", co-led with Marty Ehrlich,  "the door, the hat, the chair, the fact", dedicated to Steve Lacy, "Speech Communication" with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen, "Baal: The Book of Angels Vol. 15", featuring the music of John Zorn, "Unfold Ordinary Mind" with Ellery Eskelin, Rob Sudduth, Nels Cline, and Ches Smith, and "Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues" with Joshua Redman and Ron Miles.

Ben currently performs with "Tin Hat", and appears on three of their recordings. He has worked with Andrew Hill, Bobby Bradford, John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Myra Melford and Nels Cline, among many others.

Ben appeared here previously with "Clarinet Thing", "Plays Monk", Scott Amendola, and Myra Melford.

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Erik has three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012, “Crescent Boulevard” and “Intersection”. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings.

He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, and performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

He performs with Bay Area musicians such as Mario Guarneri, the Michael O’Neill-Kenny Washington Quintet, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, Marcus Shelby, John Santos, Art Lande, and the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet.

Erik appeared here previously with Harvey Wainapel, and Dan Zemelman.

Pianist Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002.

Adam performs with Bay Area musicians such as Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber.

Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and the Glen Miller Orchestra.

Adam appeared here previously with Eddie Marshall, Faye Carol and Marcus Shelby, Dayna Stephens, Harvey Wainapel, Ian Cary, and Ratzo Harris.

One of the most in demand bassists in the Bay Area, John Wiitala has played with Jessica Williams, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete Jolly, Joe Henderson, Akira Tana, Vince Lateano, Scott Hamilton, Bruce Forman, Rebecca Parris, Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, and Jackie Ryan, among many others.

John was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Faith Winthrop, Michele Rosewoman, and Mark Levine's Latin Tinge.

Drummer Hamir Atwal is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has taught at Music Academy International, Stanford University, the JazzSchool, CSU-Stanislaus, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

He has played in such notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Village Vanguard, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Stanford Music Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Hamir has played and/or recorded with saxophonists Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Patrick Wolff, Patrick Cress, and Joshua Smith; clarinetist Ben Goldberg; trumpeter Darren Johnston; pianists Joshua White, Grant Levin, Shelley Berg; bassists Dave Santoro and Ruben Rogers.