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Wolff & Clark Expedition Tour Dates are Confirmed: Acclaimed Jazz Artists Michael Wolff (piano) and Mike Clark (drums) Set U.S. Concerts Dates for July-October
(Published: June 08, 2016)

Acclaimed Jazz Artists Michael Wolff (piano) and Mike Clark (drums) Set U.S. Concerts Dates for July-October

Performing Tracks from Their Two Acclaimed ‘Wolff & Clark Expedition' CD Releases, plus Fan Favorites and Selections from a Planned ‘W&C 3' Album

Acclaimed jazz artists Michael Wolff (piano) and Mike Clark (drums) continue their successful collaboration as Wolff & Clark Expedition with a series of live NY/CA concert dates in July, August, September and October, with more shows and cities to be added soon. The performances will feature a combination of songs from their two ‘W&C' album releases, as well as fan favorites, and will also set the stage for a planned ‘Wolff & Clark Expedition 3' album, with details/tracks tba.

Currently confirmed shows are:
July 21       Smalls         New York City
Featuring saxophonist Hailey Niswanger. Plus Andy McKee on bass.
August 13 San Jose Jazz Festival     San Jose, CA
Featuring guest trumpeter Eddie Henderson.
Sept 30/ Oct 1  Kitano         New York City
Featuring saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and trumpeter Eddie Henderson.
Plus Leo Sherman on bass.
Oct 16       The Falcon Marlboro, NY - band TBD

Wolff & Clark Expedition will also perform at SF Jazz and other Festivals in 2017. For updated tour news, and more upcoming dates, visit:

Performance links:
Softly: https://youtu.be/Ez65PP-b...
1999: https://youtu.be/HBMV9bZo...
Clark Bar: https://youtu.be/X3Itl5mn...
Israel: https://youtu.be/GhEZgeAy...

Wolff & Clark Expedition - An overview:
Two legendary musicians, together again, bring it all together in their latest auditory excursion and band without boundaries.

While boldly exploring new frontiers, Wolff & Clark Expedition is dedicated to creating passionate music soaked in the roots and soil of America's rich indigenous musical history, with the improvisatory moment always being now.

Pianist Michael Wolff, the musical director for the original late-night The Arsenio Hall Show, is known for his vital collaborations with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, and Cal Tjader.

Drummer Mike Clark -- best known for his seminal work with Herbie Hancock's Headhunters -- credits span Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson to Chet Baker and is one of the most sampled drummers in the business.

Their second recording Wolff & Clark Expedition 2 (Random Acts Records), featured Christian MacBride, Wallace Roney, rising stars saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and bassist Daryl Johns, and was named as the Top 20 Albums of 2015 in the DownBeat Readers' Poll and stood at #3 on Jazz Radio for two months.

Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire and long-time musical colleague Eddie Henderson (Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, and currently, The Cookers) shares the bill this time with the renowned bassist Andy McKee (Philly Joe Jones, Elvin Jones, Don Cherry, et al) laying down the bottom line.

Coverage for ‘Wolff & Clark Expedition 2' included:
4.5 star CD review in DownBeat (courtesy of veteran critic Bill Milkowski):

AXS Interview: Michael Wolff & Mike Clark talk about their latest 'Expedition'
By Laurie Fanelli May 13, 2015

By George Harris 5/11/15

WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION 2 - Random Act Records Biography - Excerpt:

Often performing together since the 1970's, both Wolff and Clark have each had stellar music careers.

Michael Wolff is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and bandleader. He made his recording debut in 1972 with Cal Tjader, and went on to record and perform with Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Rollins, Tony Williams, Warren Zevon, Jean-Luc Ponty and many others. As pianist and music director for jazz singer Nancy Wilson, Michael wrote orchestral arrangements and conducted more than twenty-five major symphony orchestras worldwide. From 1989 to 1994, Michael garnered notoriety as the Musical Director for the Arsenio Hall Show, which gave him the opportunity to perform with established artists such as Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and saxophonist/President Bill Clinton. In addition to numerous sessions as a sideman, Michael Wolff has released twelve critically acclaimed albums as a leader, he was a recipient of the BMI Music Award for television composition and was also the winner of the "Gold Disc Award" in Japan for his album "Jumpstart," with Tony Williams and Christian McBride. He and his wife, actress/writer/director Polly Draper, produced an acclaimed feature film, "The Tic Code," featuring Gregory Hines, as well as "The Naked Brothers Band" movie. Their "Naked Brothers" effort spawned a long-running TV show featuring their award-winning actor/musician sons, Nat and Alex. Michael is currently the Chairman of the Board of the national Tourette Syndrome Association.

Drummer Mike Clark is a true percussion legend - He gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while touring and recording with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the early 1970's. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive technique, original beats and his ability to combine the jazz aesthetic with the soul of funk music. He is undoubtedly one of the most vital musicians to ever sit behind a drum kit. During his legendary career, he has performed with Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett, Christian McBride, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Dave Liebman, Oscar Brown Jr., Gil Evans and his Orchestra, Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White (and the Clark/White band The New Brew,) and a host of others. While with Vince Guaraldi, Clark could be heard on several of the popular Charlie Brown Christmas Specials.
Mike is possibly the most-sampled drummer of the digital age; his beats are omnipresent in several genres, including rap, hip/hop and funk. A leader of several solo projects, in 2010 his superb outing, "Blueprints of Jazz - Vol. 1" was selected as one of the best jazz CD's of the decade. Mike is currently finishing his forthcoming solo CD "Indigo Blue," featuring Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Donald Harrison, Rob Dixon and Antonio Farao.

Both Mikes state: "Together, we have years of combined experience playing with many of the greatest jazz artists of all time, so we share an innate understanding as to how to play at a consistently very high level, with a mutual feel for improvised music. Since we both spent time in the Bay Area, and since we've been friends and band mates for many years, The Expedition is a natural result of our shared, cumulative experiences."
Together they bring a combination of swing and groove to unique deconstructive takes on classic jazz, popular standards, and original compositions, creating a freedom in the sound that electrifies listeners and audiences worldwide. With their vast collective experience, the Wolff & Clark Expedition defies boundaries of genre, age and gender, showcasing the brilliant newcomer Hailey Niswanger. The young saxophonist (alto and soprano) has already shared stages with Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Moody, DeeDee Bridgewater and George Duke. A daring player, she intrepidly joins the Expedition.
"We strive to take all listeners on unparalleled musical journeys, to unexplored sonic realms," say Wolff & Clark. "And our band is highly entertaining, without compromising the music!" The incomparable Michael Wolff and Mike Clark are musicians who constantly deliver the highest quality music with the inimitable humor and rapport reserved for best friends.
On their Expedition, the possibilities are limitless...

Read Evan Haga's JazzTimes Magazine review of their 2013 debut CD: http://jazztimes.com/arti...

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