Warren Wolf

Warren Wolf, Jr. (born November 10, 1979) is an American jazz vibraphonist from Baltimore, Maryland. Under the tutelage of his father, Warren Wolf, Sr., Wolf began his music studies at age three, learning the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano.

A classically trained musician, he attended the Peabody Institute’s preparatory program for eight years and also studied at the Baltimore School for the Arts before subsequently attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

During his time at Berklee he studied under jazz vibraphonist Dave Samuel and was an active member of Boston’s jazz scene. With his friend, trumpeter Jason Palmer, he co-led a group at Wally’s Cafe, the legendary Boston jazz venue, where he worked as the house drummer.

He graduated from Berklee in 2001 and remained active on the Boston jazz scene as a local musician. In September 2003, he became an instructor in the percussion department at Berklee, giving private lessons on the vibraphone and drums, as well as teaching a beginners’ keyboard class for entering freshmen majoring in drum performance.

Since leaving Berklee in 2005 for Baltimore, Warren has been active in the international jazz scene. Wolf is the drummer of choice for alto saxophonist Tia Fuller. He is a member of the Donal Fox Group and he tours with Bobby Watson, Karriem Riggins and Christian McBride & Inside Straight. With these three groups Warren has traveled the world, performing throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Warren has also played with or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, Mulgrew Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Ron Carter, Terri Lyne Carrington and many others.

Warren has made several notable recordings as a leader including “Incredible Jazz Vibes’, “Black Wolf” and on the Mack Avenue Recording label, “Warren Wolf”, “Wolfgang” and his latest release in 2016, “Convergence”. As a sideman, his most notable recordings have been with Christian McBride & Inside Straight’s “Kind Of Brown” and “People Music.”

Warren is also an avid weightlifter and the father of three children.

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