“One of the most engaging all-around performers in the jazz game” (Oakland Tribune), veteran pianist Michael Wolff returns with his trio and music from his 2019 Sunnyside album Bounce.
A California native, Wolff honed his early musical development through the renowned jazz program at Berkeley High School and began his professional career with Bay Area Latin jazz icon Cal Tjader’s ensemble. Wolff went on to memorable work with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, and as musical director to Nancy Wilson. He served for five years as bandleader and musical director on The Arsenio Hall Show, and formed a band with legendary Herbie Hancock Head Hunters drummer, Mike Clark called Impure Thoughts that would eventually evolve into the aptly named Wolff & Clark
In 2015, Wolff was diagnosed with a rare and virulent form of cancer that spread throughout his body and left him in a coma, but treatment with an experimental medication was a miracle cure, leaving him cancer-free, but with a new perspective on life and music.
His joyous 2020 Sunnyside album, Bounce, was created in celebration of his triumph over his disease and features a blend of sinuous originals and meaningful covers along with the able assistance of bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allan Mednard.