"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz."
“Rhythm is a contact sport for Ari Hoenig”
“expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes.
---Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES
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 JazzHaus.
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.