Plays Monk: Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola, Devin Hoff

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg grew up in Denver, Colorado. He received his undergraduate music degree from 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.

Benís group "New Klezmer Trio" took a slightly different view of Jewish music. Their CDs, "Masks and Faces", "Melt Zonk Rewire, and "Short for Something", are on the Tzadik label. Ben's other recordings include two records by Junk Genius (with John Schott, Trevor Dunn, and Kenny Wollesen), "Here by Now" (Music and Arts), "What Comes Before" (Tzadik), "Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin" (Victo), "Twelve Minor" (Avant), and "Light at the Crossroads", co-led with Marty Ehrlich (Songlines). He recently released "the door, the hat, the chair, the fact", dedicated to Steve Lacy, and featuring Devin Hoff, Carla Kihlstedt, Ches Smith and Rob Sudduth.

Ben currently performs with Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Orton, Zeena Parkins and Ara Anderson in the group Tin Hat. 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.

Drummer Scott Amendola has been nominated for a Grammy with the band T.J. Kirk, toured the world, appeared on national television, and recorded three records for Blue Note with The Charlie Hunter Quartet, and leads The Scott Amendola Band, whose self-titled debut CD features Jenny Scheinman on violin, guitarist Dave Mac Nab, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Eric Crystal on reeds.

Scott has toured, recorded, or performed with Bill Frisell, Dave Liebman, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Jacky Terrasson, Larry Goldings, Sex Mob, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Paul Plimley, Jack Walrath, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Nels Cline, Peter Apfelbaum, Jim Campilongo, Paul McCandless and Mark Turner.

As a bassist and bandleader, Devin Hoff has played thousands of shows, including everything from benefits to punk clubs to major jazz festivals throughout North America, Europe, and India, as well as contributing to hundreds of recording, television and radio projects. He has played with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Nels Cline, Graham Connah, Howard Wiley, Carla Kihlstedt, Hugh Ragin, Fred Frith, Larry Ochs, Darren Johnston, Bobby Bradford, Lavay Smith, Tony Malaby, and Carla Bozulich.

Currently one-half of Good For Cows (with drummer Ches Smith), one-third of the Nels Cline Singers, and one-fourth of the Devin Hoff Committee, he has also released a solo recording, "Constructions for Solo Bass".

Devin appeared here previously with the Mitch Marcus Quintet.