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Born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Ari Hoenig, was exposed at an early age to a variety of musical experiences. His father is a conductor and classical singer, his mother a violinist and pianist. Accordingly, at 4 years of
age, Ari began studying the violin and piano. He began playing drums at age twelve, and by age fourteen he was
honing his skills with other young jazz musicians at Philly clubs such as Ortlieb's Jazz Haus.
Ari attended the prestigious University of North Texas for three years, where he studied with Ed Soph while playing with the "One O'Clock" Lab Band. Wanting to be closer to New York City, in 1995 Ari transferred to William
Patterson College in northern New Jersey. He soon found himself playing for legendary Philadelphia organist
Shirley Scott and working regularly in New York City.
Shortly thereafter, Ari moved into Brooklyn and found himself playing extensively with a variety of groups, including Jean-Michel Pilc Trio, Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman
Elastic band, Jazz Mandolin Project and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bona, Pat Martino, Dave
Liebman, and Bojan Z. He has also shared the stage with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, Wynton Marsalis, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Gerry Mulligan.
The Ari Hoenig Quartet was formed at the end of 2002 while playing every Monday night at the New York Village
jazz club Fat Cat. The band featured Jacques Schwarz-Bart on tenor sax, Jean Michel Pilc on piano, and Matt
Penman on bass. They released two records on the Smalls Records label: "The Painter" (2004) and the DVD "Kinetic
In 2006 Ari signed a multi record deal with Dreyfus Records and released his "Inversations which features the trio of Jean Michel Pilc and Johannes Weidenmueller. "Bert's Playground"
(2008), Ari's second record for Dreyfus, features Ari's Punk Bop Band joined by Chris Potter. Highlights of this
record include Chris's solo on Moments Notice. Jonathan Kreisberg, Matt Penman, Will Vinson, Gilad Hekselman and Orlando le Fleming also represent on this one.
The next record project was for "Smalls Live" a record label set up in 2009 to document some of the music being
performed at the "Smalls Jazz Club" in New York where Ari has had a residency since 2003. Ari chose his Punk Bop
Band to make this live record "Punk Bop Live at Smalls". It features Will Vinson on alto, Jonathan
Kreisberg on guitar and fellow Jazz Mandolin Project alumni, Danton Boller on bass. Tigran Hamasyan is a special
guest on 4 tracks as well.
Ari's Quartet with Tigran Hamasyan, Gilad Hekselman, Orlando le Fleming and Chris Tordini released "Lines of
Oppression" (2011) on the Naïve label. This record represents a culmination of Ari's bandleading, composing and
Currently Ari leads three groups which both play his original music. Besides the Ari Hoenig Quartet and "Punk
Bop" Ari also leads the Ari Hoenig Trio with Jonathan or Gilad covering guitar duties and with Matt Penman or
Orlando plucking on the bass. He also co-leads a variety of projects including Pilc, Moutin, Hoenig ("the three
headed monster"), Oscillations Quartet and various duo's with Chris Potter, Edmar Casteneda or Dan Weiss.
As an educator, Ari teaches privately and is on faculty at New York University at the New School for Social Research
in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine. In collaboration with bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, Ari has
released "Intro to Polyrhythms, Expanding and Contracting Time within Form Vol 1". (Mel Bay 2009)
He has also recently released "Systems Book 1, Drumming Technique and Melodic Jazz Independence" (Alfred
Publishing 2011) and educational DVD"Melodic Drumming" (2011) on jazzheaven.com. "The Ari Hoenig
Songbook" (a book with the lead sheets of all of Ari's compositions (not just the easy ones) is available for download at lulu.com)
Hope you enjoyed this Ari Hoenig video on jazz drumming