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Wayne Krantz’s new album includes a take on MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” and the jazz guitarist has announced a tour.
About Wayne Krantz
Wayne Krantz began piano tuition at a young age but he “hated it. At age 14 I heard the Beatles and soon started playing guitar. I enjoyed not being told to practice.” Growing up in Corvalis, Oregon, Krantz started playing in rock and country groups and later, after graduating from high school, he moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School Of Music. Shortly before his move he had discovered jazz in his father’s record collection (The Poll Winners feat. guitarist Barney Kessel) and jazz became his main interest. “My first musically important job was with a band in Boston, the D Sharp Group – which also had guitarist Bill Frisell. Afterwards I went on the road with Carla Bley and that’s where I really learned how to play chord changes. Leni Stern heard me playing at a club with Carla and started hiring me to play gigs around town and later I went to Europe with Leni for several tours, clubs and festivals.”
“Guitar-wise I guess I have been influenced one way or another by all the guys I respect. In that long list have to be Terry Haggerty (from the Sons of Champlin), Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell, Kevin Eubanks and John Scofield. Way off in the distance, the mountains that inspire all of us are John McLaughlin and George Benson; those are the guys that have taken their own the farthest. The immediate goal for me is to fulfill the promise of making my own music.”
Since moving to New York in 1985 Wayne Krantz has been in increasingly great demand for tours and recordings and in 1993 he finally started working with his own trio.
Umphrey’s McGee delivered a massive bust out of “Rising Bird” for the first time in over 16 years during a VIP set at their Georgia Theatre three-night closer in Athens.
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit continued their Ryman Residency in Nashville on Saturday where they debuted a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping.”
Bon Iver’s appearance on ‘CBS This Morning’ featured an interview with the band as well as video of songs off their 2019 album ‘i,i’ and more from their recent show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Steely Dan delivered the first “Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)” in 45 years during the third outing of their five-night residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Trey Anastasio offered up a solo acoustic debut of “Sanity” and more during his concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Friday night.