Wolff & Clark Expedition

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All-Star NYC/New Orleans Group hit the stage at Nighttown! Featuring: Michael Wolff-piano, Mike Clark-drums, Haley Niswanger-sax, & Andy McKee-bass.

The newly formed band, Wolff & Clark Expedition, is co-led by pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark. Both musicians started their careers in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970's and have continued to create, record and perform into the new millennium. Both have backgrounds performing and recording in the bands of the premiere jazz musicians of their time.

Michael Wolff was a member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Jean Luc Ponty, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and singer Nancy Wilson, among many others. As musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show, Wolff performed with artists ranging from Yo Yo MA to Grandmaster Flash, and with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea as well.

Mike Clark created his own innovative style of drumming as a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters Band, and has gone on to be a leader of the Headhunters himself. Clark has performed and recorded with Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Chet Baker, Christian McBride, Eddie Henderson, Nicholas Payton, Lenny White, and countless others.

The music of the Wolff & Clark Expedition takes advantage of the experience and soulful playing of Wolff and ClarkCD, combining their looseness and experimental jazz natures with their funky roots. They play their own deconstructed takes on funky classics such as “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Song for My Father,” and the Beatle's “Come Together.” They also deconstruct jazz standards such as Charlie Parker's “My Little Suede Shoes,” and Cole Porter's “What Is This Thing Called Love?”.

Both Michael Wolff and Mike Clark are respected composers, and their originals are a large part of the mix.

The Wolff & Clark Expedition presents a jazz performance that is acoustic, funky, swinging, loose, free, fun, and soulful. Exciting and in the moment, the whole range of emotions are evoked by the music this band creates.
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By: Nighttown