As a drummer, Ari Hoenig's success has been unprecedented. He grew up in a musical family and at six years of age began studying the violin and piano. At twelve he began playing drums and by age fourteen, he was honing his skills with other young jazz musicians at Philly clubs such as Ortlieb's Jazz Haus. He attended the University of North Texas and later transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey.
After moving to Brooklyn, Hoenig found himself playing with a variety of musicians including Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Pat Martino, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, and Gerry Mulligan.
The Ari Hoenig Quartet was formed at the end of 2002 while playing steadily every Monday night at the New York Village jazz club Fat Cat. The group released two records on the Smalls Records label. Ari's quartet has also appeared on French television and on MSNBC, and has toured extensively worldwide.
Currently Ari leads two bands: Ari's Quartet, a.k.a. "Punk Bop," and a trio, co-lead by his longtime partner pianist Jean Michel Pilc. Ari plays often with these two groups at his regular Monday night gig at Smalls in the Village.
As an educator, Ari teaches privately at the New School for Social Research in New York. He gives clinics and lectures at music schools and universities worldwide, and writes a regular educational column for Modern Drummer magazine. In collaboration with bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, Ari has finished a book on metric modulations due out in 2007.