Jazz bass player Ben Wolfe, born in Baltimore, Md., has worked with Woody Shaw, Junior Cook, Jimmy Cobb, Dakota Staton, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He has performed with Harry Connick Jr. in live concerts and on TV and radio. Wolfe was a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet until the group disbanded. He has created four albums of his own compositions and arrangements: 13 Sketches (1996) and Bagdad Theater (1997) on Mons Records, Murray’s Cadillac (Amosaya Records, 2000), and My Kinda Beautiful (Planet Arts Recordings, 2004). Wolfe has also recorded more than a dozen albums and soundtracks with artists including Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Marcus Roberts, Branford Marsalis, Eric Reed, Benny Green, Carl Allen, and Diana Krall. With Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he has performed with Joe Henderson, Doc Cheatham, Jon Hendricks, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Billy Higgins, among others. He was recently awarded a grant from Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Wolfe has been a College Division faculty member since 2002 and an Evening Division faculty member since 2010.