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“Gem Sessions” feat. vibraphonist Warren Wolf and Wolfpack (of Baltimore) - Sept. 12 at Little Gem Saloon

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WWOZ, Little Gem Saloon, Soul Sister, and Lura Belle Productions present

“Gem Sessions” featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf and Wolfpack (of Baltimore, MD)

Thursday, September 12, 2013.

2 Sets: 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Doors at 7pm and 9:30pm)

Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St. at Poydras, New Orleans, LA, 70112, upstairs in the Ramp Room

Tickets: $20 general admission. Available in advance (recommended) and night of at the door. Advanced ticket purchases are available at www.littlegemsaloon.com.  (Scroll down to learn more about WWOZ member tickets.) Or contact: 504-267-4863, info@littlegemsaloon.com. Valet parking available, and dinner menu served.


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This month’s feature (September): Warren Wolf and Wolfpack

Gem Sessions kicks off with young jazz star and vibraphonist Warren Wolf of Balitmore. Wolf and his group Wolfpack will celebrate the release of their new album Wolfgang on Mack Avenue Records, released on August 20 and produced by Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride). The CD features two different three-man rhythm sections (McBride, pianist Benny Green, 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 has been called "one of the most influential young vibraphonists performing anywhere" by the San Diego County News, a "standout jazz vibraphonist" by USA Today, and a player with "firecracker assurance" by the New York Times. Wolfgang is currently #5 on JazzWeek's Top 50 Jazz Albums chart.

Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist (vibes, drums, piano) and one-time Berklee College of Music instructor, tours and performs with Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Bobby Watson's "Live and Learn" Sextet, and Karriem Riggins’ "Virtuoso Experience," among others, when not leading his own band. He also recently followed in the footsteps of vibes masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective (both of whom precede him in the vibes chair).

He’s also performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt and "Creation," Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, David "Fathead" Newman, Stefon Harris, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and many others.

At the New Orleans performances, Wolf will be joined by pianist Alex Brown, bassist Kris Funn, and drummer Billy Williams.


More about Warren Wolf:

Warren Wolf - Wolfgang - Behind the Scenes (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxV8aiMo0B8

Official website: warrenwolfmusic.com

Mack Avenue Records - Warren Wolf: mackavenue.com/artists/detail/warren_wolf/

Praise for Warren Wolf:

"Wolf's live shows are an experience. You have to wear a hardhat and safety goggles because his playing is so volcanic." - Charles Latimer, I Dig Jazz

"I'm continuing my statement that you should never sleep on Warren Wolf." - Anthony Dean-Harris, NextBop

"On his second album as a leader, vibraphonist Warren Wolf displays the combination of virtuosity and collaborative openness that fueled his rise to prominence as a member of Christian McBride’s ensemble Inside Straight." - DownBeat


A new monthly series presenting touring internationally-renowned modern jazz artists, both emerging artists and legendary masters – all exciting, positioning the Little Gem Saloon as the new “jazz corner of New Orleans.” The atmosphere is comfortable, the food and drinks outstanding, the setting stellar, the sound state-of-the-art, and the sounds soulful and swinging.


There are a limited number of specially-discounted $15 tickets available for WWOZ members who purchase in advance. Bring your valid WWOZ membership card to the Little Gem Saloon between 10am-5pm. Discounted advance tickets for members are only available for purchase in person. For more ticket information, call the Little Gem Saloon at 504-267-4863.

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