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Ari Hoenig at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany
|Born||November 13, 1973|
|Associated acts||One O'Clock Lab Band [(Punk Bop Band)]|
Ari Hoenig (born November 13, 1973) is an American jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms. He currently leads a group that makes regular appearances in New York jazz clubs including the 55 Bar, the Blue Note and especially Smalls in NYC's Greenwich Village where his band has been performing on Monday nights for several years in addition to performing worldwide. Joining Ari on many recordings is the noted French pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, who performs on two of the drummers solo albums the live The Painter and the studio recording Inversations.
Rather than playing the traditional role of timekeeper, Ari is known to elevate his drumming to a very central and visible part of the performance, as many drummers such as Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette did before him. He's also known for playing with the intensity usually associated with the playing of rock & metal drummers as well as combining rhythms from many styles of music with the more traditional jazz drumming style to make a highly personalized & expressive voice at the drums.
Hoenig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a vocalist father and violinist mother, exposed to classical and other music at an early age. He played both piano and violin, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz. He attended Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts in summer 1990. He attended the University of North Texas College of Music for three years and was a member of the highly regarded One O'Clock Lab Band before relocating to New York. After the move to New York he began playing with fellow Philadelphia native Shirley Scott.
Since 2005 Ari has appeared with many of jazz's finest up & coming guitarists such as Jonathan Kreisberg who's a member of Ari's Punk Bop Band and Israeli transplant Gilad Hekselman
Other artists Hoenig has recorded with include Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, Tigran Hamasyan, Ethan Iverson, Mark Turner, Fred Hersch, and the Jazz Mandolin Project. According to his website, Ari has also played on stage with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Pat Martino, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheney, Dekel Bor, Mike Stern, Jonathan Kreisberg and Gilad Hekselman.
- Drummerworld Feature on Ari Hoenig
- All About Jazz Feature on Ari Hoenig
- Philadelphia CityPaper article on Ari Hoenig
- 2006 article from Down Beat
- 2005 article from the Los Angeles Times
- 2005 review from The Village Voice
Discography as leader
- Jazzheads (1999)
- Time Travels (2000)
- The Life of a Day (2002)
- The Painter (2004)
- Kinectic Hues (2005) (DVD Video)
- Inversations (2007)
- Bert's Playground (2008)
- Punkbop (2010)
- Lines of Oppression (2011)
- Giant Steps from the Kinetic Hues DVD (2005)
- Invitation from the Kinetic Hues DVD (2005)
- Drum solo from The 55 Bar, NYC (2006)
- Additional MP3 and video samples from arihoenig.com
- Official Ari Hoenig site
- AMG Bio of Ari Hoenig
- AMG review of The Painter
- Article announcing Hoenig's 2006 signing with Dreyfus Records