5:30 p.m. • May 23 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
Presented by the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
For 2015, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival has once again put together a superb combination to present at the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival: Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf
Elevations consists of founding members and rhythm section Brett Williams, Anton DeFade, and George Heid III in addition to the horn section of Michael Stephenson and Benny Benack III. The Pittsburgh-native group is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most exciting and unique groups in the young generation of today.
Their music is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition with a blend of diverse influences. Each member started their musical journey at a very young age and comes from different musical backgrounds. It is this diversity paired with musical exploration and intensity that creates the intriguing sound of Elevations.
Elevations independently put out their debut self-titled album in March of 2013 and their second album, To the Stars, is set to release in early May 2015. The group has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, Where Rivers Meet Jazz Festival, and Monroeville Jazz Festival. In addition, Elevations has collaborated with many great artists including Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, and Carolyn Perteete.
Elevations will be joined on the Westsylvania stage by multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf.
Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Wolf has been trained, from the young age of three years old, on the vibraphone/marimba, drums, and piano. Under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr., Wolf has a deep background in all genres of music and has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Wolfgang features two different three-man rhythm sections (pianist Benny Green, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash; and pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist
Kris Funn and drummer Billy Williams, Jr.), as well as two noteworthy duo pieces with pianist/label-mate Aaron Diehl. Wolf and Diehl are both building their careers as young (each under age 35) musicians keeping the jazz tradition alive. The New York Times found Wolfgang to be “hard-swinging and articulate.” Bruce Lundvall, former head of Blue Note Records, has identified Wolf as a musician to watch. “Warren is very different,” he said. “He has a sense of swing and a percussive style. He has great dynamics, excellent compositions and is very exciting.”
Wolf also tours and performs on piano with the Rachael Price Group. He is the drummer of choice for alto saxophonist Tia Fuller, who tours with internationally renowned pop star Beyonce Knowles. Wolf is also a member of the Donal Fox Group which includes bassist John Lockwood and drummers Dafnis Preito and Terri Lyne Carrington. Additionally, Wolf tours and perform with Bobby Watson’s Live and Learn Sextet, Karriem Riggins’s Virtuoso Experience, and Christian McBride and Inside Straight.
Musicians with whom Wolf has played or recorded are Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt and Creation, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David “Fathead” Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spaulding, and many others.