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Welf Dorr

The Welf Dorr Unit combines free jazz spontaneity with the urgency of funk and rock inspired by the the motto “Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher”.
WDU, with Welf Dorr on alto sax/bass clarinet, Dave Ross on guitar, Dmitry Ishenko on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums, was launched in 2012 with a performance at the Evolving Music Series run by Arts for Art (presenters of the Vision Festival) and since has played at clubs like nublu and the Red Hook Jazz Festival. Their debut record "Blood" was released in 2018 on Chant Records (online) and Creative Sources Recordings (CDs). Underground Horns is Welf's other main project - a 6-piece brass band which special recipe includes some funk, jazz and hip hop spiced up with African and other world rhythms...MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE!
Ken Waxman reviewed their 2nd album BIG BEAT (2010) in The New York Jazz Record calling them "an unapologetic party band with brains...with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states"



Label: Chant Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Sympathicus; Blood; Dixie; Two Down (One To Go); Outcry; Big Tree; Left Alone.


Article: Album Review

Welf Dorr Unit: Blood

Read "Blood" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

NY-based, German saxophonist Welf Door pilots this exciting multinational quartet through hardcore jazz fusion, funk, and detours into the solar system via these impressive pieces, often executed with tenacity and forthright intentions. Essentially, the band packs a massive punch as they grind out a diverse track mix with plenty of flare-ups, embellished with progressive jazz lines ...


News: Festival

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

7th Annual Red Hook Jazz Festival Taking Place June 8 & 15 In The Urban Meadow - Red Hook, Brooklyn

The 7th annual Red Hook Jazz Festival will take place once again in Brooklyn's Urban Meadow on two consecutive Sundays, June 8 and 15, 2014 from 1-6 PM. As part of its continuing grassroots tradition, the RHJF is a 100% volunteer-run event that receives no major corporate sponsorship beyond in-kind donations from local businesses, nor any ...


Article: Live Review

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Day 1 | Day 2 Winter JazzfestNew York, NYJanuary 7-8, 2011 Vernon Reid's Artificial Afrika Slick and heavy electric forays characterize the work of veteran guitarist Vernon Reid. However far into space he goes, his instrument is always under control; usually, his music is ...


Funk Monk

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2009
Track listing: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Funk Monk; Ethio; Gee Baby (Ain't I Good 2 U); Cherry; Almost Believe in Everything; Miles Mode; Evidence; Sympaticus; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (alt take).


Article: Album Review

Underground Horns: Funk Monk

Read "Funk Monk" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Alto saxophonist Welf Dorr has spent the last several years putting his own unique spin on the brass band, an instrumental lineup that is usually found in NYC crossing jazz with Balkan music. Although Dorr does look to Serbia for part of his musical muse he also draws heavily on a host of things including Afro-Cuban ...


Flowers for Albert

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2006


Article: Album Review

Welf Dorr: Flowers for Albert

Read "Flowers for Albert" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

In 1905 Albert Einstein published three monumental papers. His theory on Brownian motion showed that minute particles in liquid move randomly; the photoelectric effect said that light can exist as either a wave or a particle; and special relativity states that the speed of light is constant, regardless of the observer's velocity. A ...


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