This Saturday night, head up to Becky Ogden’s Bungalow Jazz for a special show with saxophone extraordinaire, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson. Anderson got his first big break, when Wynton Marsalis asked Anderson to tour with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Soon, Anderson was off to the studio and the road with Marsalis, helping make some of the most defining music of the late-’80s and early-’90s jazz revival. Although Marsalis disbanded the group in 1995, Anderson is still the first string alto saxist with Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Joining Wes Anderson for the show is Chris Brown, piano, George DeLancey, bass, and Jim Rupp on drums.
Alto saxophonist Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson grew up in the tough Bedford Stuyvesent and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY. By the time Anderson was 14 years old, he was deeply involved in the local jazz scene (thanks in part to his father, a drummer) and attending jam sessions at then-active Brooklyn and Queens jazz clubs like the Blue Coronet, Pumpkin’s, and the Turbo Village. Anderson later studied at Harlem’s famed Jazzmobile workshops with the likes of Frank Wess, Charles Davis, and Frank Foster. Here, Anderson also met Wynton and Branford Marsalis, who were both playing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at the time. At Branford’s urging, Anderson soon departed New York to study with famed clarinetist Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
His latest release “Warm It Up, Warmdaddy!” has been released by the ground breaking label Nu Jazz Entertainment exclusively as a digital download. “Warm It Up, Warmdaddy” was released as the first jazz album that has exclusive video content for download from iTunes and other digital download services.
Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson
Chris Brown, piano
George DeLancey, bass
Jim Rupp, drums
Saturday, June 25th, 8pm
2539 East Fifth Avenue in Columbus, between the intersection of I-670 with Fifth Avenue, and North Cassady Avenue