MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director
MIT’s annual tribute to legendary trumpeter-educator Herb Pomeroy, the “Father of MIT jazz,” features world-renowned jazz vibraphonist Warren Wolf as special guest soloist and composer. The concert features premieres of arrangements of Warren Wolf’s music, music associated with Herb Pomeroy, and new music by MIT FJE members Brandon Allen G, and Kevin Costello, ’21, Kurt Rosenwinkel’s The Next Step (arranged by Richard Oates, ’18), classic works by Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn, and the world premiere of Heal! A Battle Poem for the Climate and its Defenders by Peter Godart, G, with special guest narrator Tiandra Ray, ’15.
Warren Wolf is a multi-instrumentalist from Baltimore, Maryland. From the age of three, Warren was trained on the vibraphone, drums, and piano—under the guidance of his father Warren Wolf Sr. Warren attended Peabody Preparatory—studying classical music with Leo LePage. Then with John Locke at Baltimore School for the Arts for his high school years. Warren also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
During his time at Berklee, Warren studied with Caribbean jazz vibraphonist Dave Samuels. After graduating from Berklee in May of 2001, Warren became an active musician on the Boston scene—also teaching at Berklee College of Music. Warren, today, living in Baltimore, is an International touring musician and music professor both at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and at San Francisco Conservatory. Warren has performed throughout the United States of America, South America, Canada, Italy, Spain, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Scotland, London, Greece, Singapore, Thailand, Jarkata, Bangkok, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow and many other countries.
Warren has made several recordings as a leader and as sideman for Mack Ave Records, Blue Note Records and boutique Independent Jazz Record Labels. Musicians that Warren has performed or recorded with are Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Pelt, Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield, Adonis Rose, Donal Fox, Anthony Wonsey, Aaron Goldberg, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones, Eric Reed, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Yoron Israel, Larry Willis, David “Fathead” Newman, Stefon Harris, Reuben Rogers, Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Lundy, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Ron Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spaulding.