Ari Hoenig

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Ari Hoenig
Ari Hoenig at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany
Background information
Born (1973-11-13) November 13, 1973 (age 45)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active2000–present
LabelsSmalls, Dreyfus, Chesky, Motéma, Lyte
Associated actsOne O'Clock Lab Band, Jazz Mandolin Project

Ari Hoenig (born November 13, 1973) is an American jazz drummer, composer, and educator.


Hoenig was born in Philadelphia to a vocalist father and violinist mother. He was 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 1990 and the University of North Texas College of Music in 1992 for three years and was a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band. In 1995 he transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey and moved to New York a year later.

In 2000, he produced his first solo album, Time Travels (2000), and his second, The Life of a Day (2002), on which he explored the melodic possibilities of the drum set. The Ari Hoenig Quartet was formed at the end of 2002 with Jacques Schwarz-Bart on tenor saxophone, Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, and Matt Penman on bass. They released The Painter (2004) and the DVD Kinetic Hues (2005). In 2006 Hoenig signed a contract with Dreyfus, which released his album Inversations (2006) with Pilc and Johannes Weidenmueller.

Bert's Playground (2008), his second album for Dreyfus, features Ari's Punk Bop Band with Chris Potter. Hoenig chose his Punk Bop Band to make the live record Punk Bop Live at Smalls that was released by Smalls Live in 2010 and features Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Danton Boller on bass, and Tigran Hamasyan as a special guest.

Hoengi's quartet with Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman, Orlando le Fleming, and Chris Tordini released Lines of Oppression for Naive. In 2016, AH-HA Records released The Pauper and the Magician by his quintet with Shai Maestro on piano, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Tivon Pennicott on saxophone, and Orlando le Fleming on bass.

He also leads the Ari Hoenig Nonet and Trio. The Nonet performs original compositions arranged by Noam Wiesenberg and features musicians from the New York area. The trio with Hekselman and Fleming has toured in Europe, Japan, and South America. He co-leads Pilc, Moutin, Hoenig; Nasty Factorz with Gaël Horellou, and duo with Chris Potter, Edmar Castañeda, and Dan Weiss.

Educational materials[edit]

Hoenig has taught and is on the faculty at New York University and The New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide.

Wth bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, he released Intro to Polyrhythms Vol 1, and Metric Modulations, Expanding and Contracting Time within Form Vol 2. (Mel Bay 2009, 2012)[1][2] In 2011, he Systems Book 1, Drumming Technique and Melodic Jazz Independence (Alfred Publishing) and the DVD Melodic Drumming (2011).[3][4] In 2014, Ari he released the video Rhythm Training about time and rhythmic vocabulary.[5] In 2017, he released two videos: Mastering Odd Times and Drums: Jazz Coordination.[6]


In 2013 Hoenig won the BMW Welt (World) award in Munich, an international competition for best band led by a drummer.[7]


  • Jazzheads: avant wot not (1k recordings, 1999) [8]
  • Time Travels (1k recordings, 2000)
  • The Life of a Day (Ah-Ha, 2002)
  • The Painter (Smalls, 2004)
  • Inversations (Dreyfus, 2006)
  • Bert's Playground (Dreyfus, 2008)
  • Lines of Oppression (Naïve, 2011)
  • Punkbop: Live at Smalls (Smalls, 2010)
  • Pauper and the Magician (2016)
  • NY Standard (Fresh Sound, 2018)



  1. ^ "Mel Bay | Intro to Polyrhythms". Mel Bay. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mel Bay | Metric modulation". Mel Bay. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Alfred | Systems Book 1 - Drumming Technique". Alfred. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Jazz Heaven |Melodic Drumming video". Jazz Heaven. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  5. ^ "My Music Masterclass |Rhythm Training". My Music Masterclass. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  6. ^ "My Music Masterclass |Rhythm Training". My Music Masterclass. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Ari won the Prestigious BMW Welt award". BMW. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Ari Hoenig | Album Discography | 1k Recordings". ILK. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Ari Hoenig | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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