Born into a prominent musical family in Philadelphia, world renowned percussionist Ari Hoenig learned drums at 12 and by 14, was already playing in the city's jazz clubs. In 1995, the young prodigy moved to NYC to be a part of The Big Apple's famous jazz scene, and was quickly recruited by Philadelphia legend Shirley Scott. His natural ability to blend his ears to any musical style soon made him a sought after drummer and one of the most promising jazz musicians around. He has collaborated with the likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Jean Michel Pilc and Dave Liebman. In 2004, Hoening released his first album as a leader, The Painter, recorded live at NYC's Fat Cat jazz club, to rave reviews, followed by the Dreyfus studio albums Inversations in 2007 and Bert's Playground in 2008. In 2011, Hoenig published the book Systems Book 1 Drumming Technique and Melodic Jazz Independence, a method on form and coordination.