On Saturday October 22nd, WTJU presents acclaimed flutist Holly Hofmann and world renowned pianist Mike Wofford performing at 8 pm in The University of Virginia’s Brooks Hall.
Over her long musical career, Holly Hofmann has helped make the flute a front-line instrument in jazz, earning the praise and respect of musicians and jazz aficionados for her bluesy, bebop-based improvisations. Critics have labeled her one of the most authoritative, swinging flutists in jazz today, and last year she won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Rising Star on Flute.
Alto sax great Phil Woods, said “Along with Hubert Laws, Holly is frankly the best jazz flute player today.”
The highly respected pianist and arranger Mike Wofford has garnered national attention for his work with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter and many other jazz greats.
Hofmann and Wofford began touring and recording together in 2001 both as a duo and in a quartet setting. Their recent recordings include 2013’s Turn Signal, featuring Wofford’s brilliant arrangements for a flute and trumpet front line. Hofmann’s 2015 release on Capri Records is Low Life: The Alto Flute Project, which shows Hofmann in a whole new light.
Hofmann says “Jazz is an emotional music and I feel its rhythms in my heart and soul. …I want to make a serious contribution to changing the perception of the flute as it’s seen in jazz. And I’d like to provide encouragement to women in what is still a male-dominated field.”
Tickets to see Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford on Saturday October 22nd at 8 pm in UVA’s Brooks Hall are available online at flutepianoduo.eventbrite.com. For more information visit cvillejazz.org or call Gary at (434) 249-6191. And be sure to listen for Holly and Mike’s music on WTJU.