Wolff/Clark Expedition feat: Mike Wolff, Mike Clark & Jeff Berlin @ PACA!

Wolff/Clark Expedition

March 19th 8:00pm  - Doors open at 7pm
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Donation $10 Pay Online or at Door

ERIE!!!! Please join us Tuesday, March 19th @ PACA 1505 State st. 2nd Floor for this Historic Evening of Music. 3 Musical Innovators & Legends will grace us with some WORLD CLASS MUSIC!!!!! Tickets for this show are $10. Please don't Miss this once in a life time Event!!!! See you there!!! & Thank You for supporting the Arts & Local Business in Our Community!! 

**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. 

The music of the Wolff & Clark Expedition takes advantage of the experience and soulful playing of Wolff and Clark, 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.

*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*.

*Jeff Berlin is a legend of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest electric bass player in the world. Noted for his fluid lyrical playing, he is also a pioneer of slap bass when he brought this percussive-style bass playing in 1979 to a new audience on the tune called 5G! Jeff also pioneered two handed tapping when he performed this style on the tune Motherlode from his 1985 release of his first solo album called "Champion.".

Jeff is known as a major innovator through his incisive playing through recordings and performances for the last thirty years. Jaco Pastorius regarded Jeff as a better soloist than he was. Geddy Lee referred to Jeff as the "greatest bass player on the planet". Marcus Miller told people that he wanted to be the "Black Jeff Berlin".

The founder of The Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff has also been at the front of music education for almost 30 years. His column in Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines were the most read columns due to their controversial content emphasizing music education over more popular learning concepts aimed at technique-type instruction.

His numerous recording credits include six highly acclaimed solo records, Champion, Pump It!, Taking Notes, In Harmony's Way, Lumpy Jazz and Aneurythms. Jeff tours with his band that has features ex. Pat Metheny drummers Danny Gottlieb and Paul Wertico, steel drummer Othello Molineaux, trumpet player Randy Brecker and pianist/bassist Richard Drexler. He also toured with BX3, a bass conglomeration that includes the great bass players Stuart Hamm and Billy Sheehan. In 2009 Jeff toured with guitarist John Abercrombie and drummer Adam Nussbaum. Jeff also played in Asia in an explosive trio with drummer Dennis Chambers, and guitarist Scott Henderson.

Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff's melodic fluidity. He is making new fans all the time, while his playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. His teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art. Jeff Berlin is a Master*.


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