BM, Berklee College of Music
Christian McBride and Inside Straight, 2009–2014
Awards and Distinctions
2015 & 2017, JJA Awards Mallet Man of the Year
What is your hometown?
What is your favorite recording?
What are you passionate about outside of music?
Family and exercise.
Who were your major teachers?
My dad, Warren Wolf Sr., current Baltimore Symphony percussionist John Locke, and former Baltimore Symphony percussionist Leo LePage.
What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?
"Go for it!!!!!!!"
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
“How do you make it to the next level in your career?”
What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?
Performing in front of my 7th grade class, I knew I was going to be a musician.
What was a turning point in your career?
Everyone to date, every opportunity to perform is a turning point.
If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
A personal trainer or fireman.
What is your daily practice routine?
I practice mentally versus touching the instrument. Everything is mainly mental.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Mozart, Terence Blanchard, and Michael Jackson.
What are your most important collaborations?
Aaron Diehl, Christian McBride, and SFJAZZ Collective.
Who have you had the privilege of teaching?
Ethan Fisher (Temple University) and Mike Mimura (Berklee).
What recordings can we hear you on?
SFJAZZ Collective: Music of Miles Davis
Christian McBride: Kind of Brown
Rachael Price: The Good Hours
Warren Wolf: Convergence
Bobby Watson: From the Heart
What is your unrealized project?
A gospel recording.