Kenny Wollesen

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Kenny Wollesen
Kenny Wollesen Drummer.jpg
Kenny Wollesen at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, 2016
Photo by Mae Moreno
Background information
Born (1966-04-09) April 9, 1966 (age 52)
Genres Avant-garde jazz, classical, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, vibraphone, percussion
Labels Tzadik
Associated acts New Klezmer Trio, Sex Mob, John Zorn, The Dreamers, The Gnostic Trio

Kenny Wollesen (born 1966) is an American drummer and percussionist.

Wollesen has recorded and toured with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, John Lurie, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups.[1]

He grew up in Capitola, California, studying at Aptos High School, and spending many teenage years playing with Donny McCaslin. He spent quality classroom time with flugelhornist and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College. He also arranges and studied vibraphone at Cabrillo.


As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness (New Artists, 2011)
  • The Gnostic Preludes: Music of Splendor (Tzadik, 2012)
  • John Zorn: The Mysteries (Tzadik, 2013)
  • Rasa Rasa (Tzadik, 2014)[2]

With the Himalayas

With Myra Melford

  • 2000 Dance Beyond the Color, Myra Melford's Crush
  • 2004 Where the Two Worlds Touch, Myra Melford's the Tent

With New Klezmer Trio

With Sexmob

  • 1998 Din of Inequity
  • 2000 Solid Sender
  • 2000 Theatre & Dance
  • 2001 Sex Mob Does Bond
  • 2003 Dime Grind Palace
  • 2006 Sexotica
  • 2013 Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti: Sexmob Plays Fellini
  • 2009 Sex Mob Meets Medeski: Live in Willisau

With others

  • 1997 Interpretations of Lessness, Andy Laster's Lessness
  • 1997 The Loan, Brad Shepik
  • 1998 At Home, Slow Poke
  • 1998 Fabulous, Drop Curlew
  • 2000 Hidden Gardens, Lan Xang
  • 2000 Redemption, Slow Poke
  • 2006 Ways Not to Lose, The Wood Brothers

As sideman[edit]

With Steve Beresford

With David Byrne

With Nels Cline

With Crash Test Dummies

With Sylvie Courvoisier

With Trevor Dunn's trio-convulsant

With Bill Frisell

With Ben Goldberg

With Jesse Harris

  • 2003 The Secret Sun
  • 2004 While the Music Lasts
  • 2006 Mineral
  • 2010 Cosmo

With Rickie Lee Jones

With Julian Lage

With Sean Lennon

With Rudy Linka

  • 2002 Simple Pleasures
  • 2007 Beyond the New York City Limits

With Kate McGarry

  • 2001 Show Me
  • 2005 Mercy Streets

With Ruper Ordorika

  • Dabilen Harria (Nuevos Medios, 1999)
  • Hurrengo goizean (Metak, 2002)
  • Kantuok jartzen ditut (Metak, 2004)
  • Memoriaren Mapan (Elkar, 2006)
  • Haizea Garizumakoa (Elkar, 2009)
  • Hodeien azpian (Elkar, 2011)
  • Lurrean etzanda (Elkar, 2014)
  • Guria ostatuan (Elkar, 2016)

With Ellen Reid

With Carrie Rodriguez/Chip Taylor

  • 2005 Red Dog Tracks
  • 2006 Seven Angels on a Bicycle
  • 2007 Live from the Ruhr Triennale
  • 2010 The New Bye & Bye

With Jenny Scheinman

  • 2002 The Rabbi's Lover
  • 2004 Shalagaster
  • 2008 Crossing the Field
  • 2008 Jenny Scheinman

With Tony Scherr

  • 2002 Come Around
  • 2007 Twist in the Wind

With John Scofield

With Leni Stern

  • 2000 Kindness of Strangers
  • 2004 When Evening Falls

With Rufus Wainwright

  • 2003 Want One
  • 2007 Release the Stars

With Tom Waits

With John Zorn

With others