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Tim Wolfe Jr - Topcs of Conversation

TOPICS OF CONVERSATION is the debut album from bassist and composer Tim Wolfe, Jr.

The album is a nod to the great tradition of East coast bop and features Wolfe’s original compositions. The band on the album is comprised of first-call talent in the Philadelphia area: guitarist Larry Tamanini (who lends an original composition to the album), vibraphonist Adam Pfannenstiel, saxophonist Thomas Razler, and drummer Bill Avayou. Wolfe’s compositional style is melody-driven, leaving lots of space for the band members’ personalities to shine through in their improvisations. Some of the tunes are angular and unexpected, while others are beautifully lyrical; all acknowledge the influence of the tradition without sounding like attempts at recreating the past.

TIM WOLFE, JR. is a mainstay on the jazz scene in the Central and South-Eastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lebanon Valley College, where he studied with Harrisburg PA’s Jim Miller (himself a student of the great Art Davis who was notably with John Coltrane), Tim moved to Philadelphia to attend The University of the Arts, earning his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies. While in Philadelphia, Tim earned another equally important education regularly attending jam sessions and paying his dues. Tim has music in his genes. His grandfathers were both mainstays on the Washington, D.C. jazz scene for decades, one a saxophonist and one a bassist, and he has followed in their footsteps by immersing himself in the jazz tradition. In addition to keeping a busy performing schedule throughout the mid-Atlantic, he also runs a private teaching studio out of his home and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Lebanon Valley College.

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