DJ at KCSM Radio 91.1 in San Mateo, Ca
Patrick Wolff is a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and educator, originally from New York, and currently residing in San Francisco. Aside from a tenure on WNTQ's "Teen Talk", a very long time ago, his focus has so far been on the music side of the business- but he's very excited to be developing his show Have You Heard, a weekly exploration of the music of a single artist deserving a wider audience.
Wolff attended New York University, where he studied with Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, Frank Foster, Ron McClure, and Frank Kimbrough. An active bandleader for ten years in New York CIty, he was a member of the MTA’s Music Under New York program, and released a cd entitled Petals. He has toured heavily with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and worked with Shane Endsley, Matt Wilson, Josh Roseman, Judi Silvano, Marcus Shelby, Adam Shulman, Ron McClure, Roy McCurdy, and "Tootie" Heath.
Wolff’s experiences as a sideman reach far beyond the jazz world. His first national tour was with punk band/comic troupe The Loose Nuts, and his longest-running musical association was with Afro-beat/highlife juggernaut Asiko. He spent a year as a member of the seminal avant-garde compositional rock group Kayo Dot, and has played with Nigerian reggae star Majek Fashek, fuji music legend Adewale Ayuba, and indie rock giants Calexico.
Since relocating to the Bay Area, Wolff has worked with many of the most exciting local bandleaders, including Graham Connah, Marcus Shelby, Adam Shulman, and Andrew Speight, and currently leads a trio with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal, as well as a sextet with the same trio, trumpeter Erik Jekabsen, pianist Adam Shulman, and clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Both groups perform original music and can be seen in regular performance. The trio and sextet have recorded two records, “Your Obedient Ghost” and “Noose of Light”.
Wolff is a member of the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and the Adam Shulman Sextet. He collaborates regularly with singer/songwriter Diana Gameros and soul revue “OTIS”. He can be seen regularly in residence every Wednesday at Club Deluxe, where he leads the San Francisco Repertory Jazz Quartet featuring Adam Shulman, Eric Markowitz and bass, and Hamir Atwal on drums.
As an educator, Wolff has taught privately for 16 years, is faculty at the College Of San Mateo, and has worked on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 15 years. He has led workshops and masterclasses at Stanford University, SF Jazz, The California Jazz Conservatory, and the Brubeck Institute.
Hear Patrick Wolff on Have You Heard, Mondays from 9pm to 10pm.