Spotlight: Intoxicating Pianist Michael Wolff at West Bank Café with Host Comedian Lewis Black
The Laurie Beechman Theatre at West Bank Cafehttp://www.westbankcafe.com
407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Superb pianist/composer/bandleader Michael Wolff (a vet who played as a sideman for Cannonball Adderley and Nancy Wilson, and also served as the musical director of the late, great Arsenio Hall late-night show) has been a mainstay on the New York city scene for years, playing gigs with his fine turn-of-the-century band Impure Thoughts and the superb ensemble Wolff & Clark Expedition co-led by renowned drummer Mike Clark.
Wolff performs a career retrospective at West Bank Café covering tunes from his past successes as well as introducing new music from his upcoming solo piano recording Zenith. Joining him is an impressive all-star lineup, including Badal Roy on tablas, saxophonist Alex Foster, drummers Mike Clark and Victor Jones, bassist Ben Allison and percussionist Mino Cinelu. Special treat is the host booming-voiced comedian Lewis Black, best known for his mischievous wise-cracking spots on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as well as his boisterous solo shows. Wolff says Black is a buddy who helped him to find his upbeat voice onstage. —Dan Ouellette