Ben Wolfe

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Ben Wolfe
Birth nameBenjamin Jonah Wolfe
Born (1962-08-03) August 3, 1962 (age 60)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
OriginNew York City
Instrument(s)Double bass
Years active1978–present
LabelsMons, Amosaya, Planet Arts, Maxjazz, Posi-tone

Benjamin Jonah Wolfe is an American jazz bassist who has performed in groups with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall. He is currently on the teaching faculty at The Juilliard School Jazz Division.[1]


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.[2] He has been teaching jazz at The Juilliard School since 2002.[1]


Year Title Label Notes
1996 13 Sketches Mons
2001 Murray's Cadillac Amosaya
1997 Bagdad Theater Mons
2004 My Kinda Beautiful Planet Arts
2008 No Strangers Here Maxjazz
2010 Live at Smalls SmallsLIVE
2013 From Here I See Maxjazz
2015 The Whisperer Posi-Tone
2019 Fatherhood Self-released


  1. ^ a b "Wolfe, Ben at The Juilliard School". The Juilliard School. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Vol. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 976. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.

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