Ben Wolfe

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Ben Wolfe
Birth name Benjamin Jonah Wolfe
Born (1962-08-03) August 3, 1962 (age 56)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Origin New York City
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, teacher
Instruments Double bass
Years active 1985–present
Labels Mons, Amosaya, Planet Arts, Maxjazz, Posi-tone
Associated acts Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr.

Benjamin Jonah Wolfe is an American jazz bassist who has performed in groups with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall.


Wolfe was born in Baltimore and raised in Portland, Oregon. He was a member of his high school band, playing tuba and trombone, and a member of pop music groups in which he played bass guitar. In college he started playing double bass, with some lessons from Ray Brown. In the mid-1980s he went to New York City, where he played with Junior Cook, Dakota Staton, and Duke Jordan. He formed a duo with Harry Connick Jr. in 1988 and became a member of Connick's big band. In the early 1990s he toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis's septet and then became part of Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in 1995. He has also played with Wynton's brother, Branford Marsalis, in addition to Frank Kimbrough, Marcus Roberts, and Mary Stallings. In 1997 he went on tour with singer Diana Krall.[1]

In 2002 he was hired by The Juilliard School to teach jazz.[2]


Year Title Label Notes
1997 13 Sketches Mons
2001 Murray's Cadillac Amosaya
2002 Bagdad Theater Mons
2004 My Kinda Beautiful Planet Arts
2008 No Strangers Here Maxjazz
2010 Live at Smalls Telescope
2013 From Here I See Maxjazz
2015 The Whisperer Posi-Tone


  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 976. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
  2. ^ "Ben Wolfe | The Juilliard School". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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