axophonist Patrick Wolff has been teaching at SJW for 12 years. Originally from New York and currently residing in San Francisco, Patrick is a highly-regarded saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. He attended New York University where he studied with Ralph Lalama, George Garzone, Frank Foster, Ron McClure, and Frank Kimbrough. Patrick has toured heavily with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, worked with Shane Endsley, Josh Roseman, Judi Silvano, and Ron McClure. He has performed with many of the world’s greatest musicians including Louis Hayes, Tootie Heath, Peter Bernstein, Larry Grenadier, Matt Wilson, Drew Gress, Marcus Gilmore, Gregory Hutchinson, Joe Lovano, George Cables, Marcus Belgrave, Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, and Ray Drummond. As a bandleader he led a trio in NYC with bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Yujiro Nakamura. An artistic success, this group performed regularly at clubs like Zebulon, the Bar Next Door, and Louis 649, and were active in MTA’s Music Under New York program. They released an album entitled Petals.
Since relocating to the Bay Area, Patrick has worked with many of the most exciting local bandleaders, including Graham Connah, Marcus Shelby, and Andrew Speight. He currently leads a trio with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Hamir Atwal, as well as a sextet with the same trio, plus trumpeter Erik Jekabsen, pianist Adam Shulman, and saxophonist Andrew Speight. 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’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.