Jazz Bassist Ben Wolfe to Perform

SALEM, Ore. -- Jazz bassist Ben Wolfe will perform Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel in Waller Hall at Willamette University. Joining him will be Steve Christopherson on piano, Alan Jones on drums and Stan Bock on trombone.

Wolfe's unique blend of hard swing, beautiful ballads and lush string writing has been described as "chamber music within a jazz context."

Born in Baltimore, Md., and raised in Portland, Ore., Wolfe has gained a large following from his performances with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall.

Early in Wolfe's career, he formed a duo with Connick and recorded more than a dozen albums and soundtracks. During his five years with Connick, he performed on numerous world tours as musical director. He then joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and remained until it disbanded. Wolfe also became an integral part of Diana Krall's touring band and played on many of her recordings, including the Grammy Award winning CD, "When I Look in Your Eyes." As a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wolfe has performed with legends of jazz.

In addition to his latest CD, "No Strangers Here," previous recordings include "13 Sketches" and "Bagdad Theater," the critically acclaimed "Murray's Cadillac," and "My Kinda Beautiful." Wolfe teaches at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Willamette students are admitted free with ID. Tickets are available at the music department in the Rogers Music Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or charge by phone at (503) 370-6255.