Do you ever wish you had gotten to experience some of the jazz greats live and at their best? Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis? It’s not too late. The Willie Waldman Project is coming to Cinncinati to entice us with a journey of his trumpet world to kick off our Independence Day weekend at the Bluegrass Brewing Co. in St. Matthews on July 2nd with admission being $10 at the door. Local jam band Bloom St. will start off the evening at 10 pm.
Willie Waldman grew up in Chicago, learning trumpet in his school band program and playing in church on Sundays. This unique musician grew to experience Memphis, learning from some of the old school jazz masters and venturing to LA, playing the JAZZ FEST in New Orleans, and also the Olympics in Salt Lake City along the way. Waldman recorded with Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg back in the day of Death Row Records. He has also stunned at the Jammys with Steve Perkins, the drummer of Jane’s Addiction in their group called Banyan, and has played hard with Phil Lesh of THE DEAD.
The Willie Waldman Project always brings together a sizzling group of players – ready to impress. This tour features Ray White of Frank Zappa’s Mother of Invention, and Zappa Plays Zappa. He can sing and play a mean guitar. Other musicians coming back to town include old friends from Memphis – Clint Wagner on guitar- and J D Westmoreland on bass, amazing musicians with mad skills in their own right. Put them together and there is magic. Willie’s CD, “Trumpet Ride” is an amazing press of technique, heart and soul – with vibrant energy and tender smooth tone.