Wayne Maureau Drums Tony Dagradi (Astral Project) Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax & Flute Lawrence Sieberth Piano & Keyboards Tommy Sciple (Quintology) Electric Bass Michael Skinkus (Freddy Omar, Los Vecinos) Congas, Bongos, Bata Drums, & Percussion Eric Lucero (Have Soul Will Travel, Naked Orchestra, Otra) Trumpet 'Maureau offers five originals and four covers, including a tasty version of Sonny Rollins' 'Airegin'.The music is consistently hot and swinging.' --- Where Y'at Entertainment Magazine --- 'Maureau supplies the foundation of 'Sidewalk Safari' with his drums and five original compositions. His open-minded compositions stray into contemporary jazz and world-beat territory.' --- New Orleans, Times-Picayune --- 'Maureau shows his affinity for world-beat tinged jazz.' --- New Orleans, Gambit Weekly --- Artist Biography Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Wayne Maureau was exposed to the vast musical diversity of the city at a very young age. At 5 years old he had his first drum lesson, but it was in high school that his talent began to emerge. During his junior and senior years he led the marching drum line and consistently won LMEA (Louisiana Music Educators Association) and All-State competitions. In 1987 Wayne left New Orleans to attend Louisiana State University on a full music scholarship. While there he performed with the LSU Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Quintet, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band as well as in the local club scene. In 1991 he entered the Percussive Arts Society International Drumset Solo contest and was the State winner in Louisiana. After earning a Bachelors Degree, he continued his education at Drummers Collective in New York City, studying with Ricky Sebastian, Pete Zeldman, Kim Plainfield, and Rich Thompson. Returning to New Orleans in 1992, Wayne quickly became one of the most 'in demand' drummers in town, covering a wide variety of gigs from Jazz and Blues, to Latin, R&B, and Rock. Throughout his career, Wayne has performed in many cities around the United States as well as overseas. He plays the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the New Orleans French Quarter Festival annually, as well as appearing at other festivals around the world. Among the numerous local, national and international artists with whom he has shared the stage are: Lee Thornberg (Tower of Power), Byron Strippling (Count Basie, GRP Big Band, Carnegie Hall Big Band), Bobby Shew (Woody Herman), Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters), David Torkanowsky (Boney James), Mark Mullins (Harry Connick, Jr.), Philip Manuel (Maxjazz recording artist), James Singleton (Astral Project, 3Now4), Irvin Mayfeild (New Orleans Jazz Orchestra), Tony Dagradi (Astral Project), The Nelson Riddle Big Band, Anders Osborne, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, James Rivers, Evan Christopher, Topsy Chapman, Frankie Ford, The Dixie Cups, Luther Kent, Thelma Houston, and Kermit Ruffins. Currently, Wayne performs with Brasilliance, Lenny McDaniel, Betty Shirley, Larry Sieberth, The D-Day Museum Big Band, Gringo do Choro, Evan Christopher, and The Jim Markway Quartet. He is frequently called upon to play with groups such as Los Hombres Caliente, Al Belletto's Big Jazz Band, The Leroy Jones Quintet, George French, Ingrid Lucia, and Kipori 'Baby Wolf' Woods. In recent years Wayne has become known for his expertise in Brazilian music and is the first call drummer for artists from Brazil visiting New Orleans. To date he has performed with Jovino Santos Neto, David Ganc, Marcos Nimrichter, Carlos Malta, and a joint performance with Brazilian drummer Marcio Bahia. In addition to live performances, Wayne is frequently in the studio and has been featured on many Recordings including: The Chuck Chaplin Trio, Conclusive Evidence, The John Mahoney Big Band, In From Somewhere, Guitar Vic & The Slicktones, Now Get Out, Betty Shirley, Betty Shirley Sings, Al Martino, Style, Brasilliance, Minha Joia, Lenny McDaniel, Faith is in the Heart, Bobby Campo, Time Out, and Jay Weigel, The River May Cry, to list a few. In May, 2002 Wayne released Sidewalk Safari, his self produced CD of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. He has also performed on movie soundtracks and jingles for radio and television and appeared in the motion picture Ray. Wayne has served as adjunct faculty percussion instructor at Tulane University, and Delgado Community College since 1997. In addition, he teaches Jazz Combo and a drummer's workshop at Loyola University and has provided private instruction to students from NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts). He is often called upon to substitute teach music theory, music technology, and guest lecture in music appreciation classes. In recent years he has conducted drum clinics at universities and high schools around the Southeastern United States and in spring 2005 released The Multi-Stylist Drummer, a method book based on his approach to the drumset. On several occasions Wayne has been guest performer with the Baton Rouge Symphony and as a member of the house trio for the International Trumpet Guild convention in 1991 and the International Clarinet Convention in 2001, he performed with featured musicians from around the world. Wayne proudly endorses Fortune Drums and Aquarian Drumheads. Sidewalk Safari, Wayne's first project as band leader, is an intriguing mix of ethnic grooves and urban Jazz. Drawing on the rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean, and blending them with Jazz and Funk, his creative approach is both soulful and cerebral. Joined by Tommy Sciple (Bass), and Michael Skinkus (Percussion), the group's fiery rhythmic undercurrent supports the inspired improvisations of Tony Dagradi (Sax & Flute) and Larry Sieberth (Piano & Keyboards). The Project includes five original compositions plus unique arrangements of four Jazz favorites. From the beautiful ballad Scattered Showers, to the burning Guess What, to the mysterious Another Dimension, Wayne's original tunes hold their own with Sonny Rollins' Airegin (Afro-Cuban Style), and Wayne Shorter's Children of the Night (3/4 Samba). The Standard My Favorite Things gets a funky Latin rendition while the title cut is a grooving 12/8 featuring Trumpet and Sax.
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