B i o g r a p h y

My desires to make music started at an early age playing Drums, Vibes and eventually lead to Organ and Piano. I began my professional career in 1973 playing my first paying gig on Hammond organ at the age of 16. As a child music would always hold my attention. I loved hearing it on the radio, records and watching it performed on TV variety shows. I don’t remember anything I didn't like about it because it was all fun and new to me. I wanted to play the drums so after a few years of me beating on boxes, at the age of 9 my parents got me a drum-set and lessons. Off I went to play along with the radio and records. When I got to Jr. High, my father (who in his younger days played guitar and worked as a gigging musician), suggested I learn a melodic instrument called the Vibraphone. He knew where he could get a used set and since I was beating on the drums, I might try hitting on the vibes. I began taking lessons and playing vibes in the Junior High school jazz band. The band director (Robin Stringer-Crest) who was a really great teacher and knew how to inspire students, gave me the piano parts and told me to just play the chords with 2 mallets and improvise an occasional solo in what ever key we were in. That was my introduction to playing jazz.

 

While in High School at the age of 14 my father suggested I start playing keyboard and bought me a Baldwin spinet organ that came with 6 free lessons. It didn't take me long to realize that I liked playing organ but the Baldwin was the wrong organ. It didn't have sound I heard on many of therecords I had been listening to. I was remembering the organ I heard when my father took me to see Ray Charles in 1968. That was a great inspiring musical experience for me. I had seen and heard Ray Charles on TV and radio but I had never heard the guy that opened the show. I learned later it was Billy Preston playing a Hammond B-3 and that was the sound I wanted to hear from an organ. The Baldwin eventually was traded in for a Hammond spinet. My first gigging organ was a Hammond Porta B and 2 years later I got the real deal, a 1961 Hammond B-3 which is the same organ I gig with today.

 

In 1973 at 16 years old I began gigging for money, this included playing lot of bars, private parties and events. I became a working keyboardist at that time and I've continued to do so ever since.

 

 

Wayne has performed at these well known venues:

- S.F. Jazz Center

- Yoshi's / Oakland &  S.F

- Monterey Jazz Festival

- Jazz at Pearl's / S.F.

- Anna's Jazz Island / Berkeley

- The Fillmore St. Jazz Festival / SF

- Bisquits and Blues / S.F

- The Boom Boom Room / S.F.

- The Club Deluxe

- The Hedly Club / San Jose

- The Plaza Bistro / Sonoma

- Piedmont Piano Co.

- Bach Dynamite

- Kuumbwa / Santa Cruz

- Vitello's / Studio City, Ca.

 Some notable past performances have been with:

- Opening act for Steely Dan's 2015 Spring Tour

- Randy Vincent

- Pete Yellin

- Mimi Fox

- Maria Muldaur

- Mary Wells

- Vernelle Anders

- Terri Lynn Carrington

- Allison Miller

- Wally Schnalle

- Terrence Brewer

- Alex Call

- The Johnny Nocturne Band

- Legion of Mary

 

To name a few.

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