Pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark both came up in the ’70s Bay Area Jazz scene and went on to work with numerous legends in the Jazz field. Wolff was in the bands of Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and Jean Luc Ponty, and he played with musical icons from various genres as the music director of The Arsenio Hall Show in the late ’80s/early ’90s. (Wolff also co-produced and co-starred in The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie with his sons in the lead roles, while his wife, Thirtysomething star Polly Draper, wrote and directed the flick; the film led to a popular series on Nickelodeon.) Clark was the drummer for Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, before becoming leader of the band, and he’s also worked with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Chet Baker and Christian McBride.
Now based in New York City, the pair teamed up to form the Wolff & Clark Expedition, which mixes progressive Jazz and Funk, resulting in uniquely arranged versions of everything from Charlie Parker’s “My Little Suede Shoes” to The Beatles’ “Come Together,” as well as original compositions in the same vein.
The twosome comes to Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club Friday for a concert (with bassist Jeff Berlin) in support of their self-titled debut release. 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $15. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-241-9477, thebluewisp.com.
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