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.
UH performed internationally in Egypt, Germany and most recently at Tudo é Jazz in Brazil, stateside at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s (Jazz at Lincoln Center), the Blue Note and various Jam Band Festivals, sharing the bill with Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation and B.B. King.
Besides leading his own projects Welf is playing in Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas, On Ka'a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players and was a member of the Nublu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris (“You guys sound good”, David Murray).