MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE STICKS
Wayne discovered an affinity for drums at the age of 6 and began seriously playing at the age of 8. Over four decades later Wayne has performed as a bandleader and sought-after sideman at numerous NYC venues such as La Famille in Harlem, Birdland, Smoke Jazz Club, Grant's Tomb, Arthur's Tavern, Wells, Showman's, BB Kings, The Roxy Hotel, Village Gate, The Jazz Forum, NYU, Mezzrow, Churchill Grounds, Zinc Bar, Swing 46, Avery Fisher Hall, Maureen's Jazz Cellar, Smalls, Chelsea Table & Stage and The Deer Head Inn.
Wayne has shared the stage with a host of renowned and talented artists such as Fred Mcfarlane, Emme Kemp, Melvin Sparks, George Benson, Jim Cammack, Mike Boone, Seleno Clarke, John Colianni, Danny Mixon, Jimmy "Preacher" Robins, Bill Easley, JJ Jackson, Irene Reid, Cynthia Holiday, Annette St. John, Mr. Tony Middleton, The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The John Peek Orchestra and The Cotton Club Orchestra.
In 2019 Henderson created The Wayne Henderson Sextet bringing together some of the tri-states' most accomplished and talented independent musicians on piano, bass and brass. The result is an exciting and entertaining mix of jazz genres including swing, be bop, straight ahead and classics that are not to be missed! He calls it "Jazz with a Pulse"!
*Wayne Henderson endorses Canopus Drums, Aquarian Drum Heads and Los Cabos Drumsticks
"Jazz is not just for the jazz purist. If the artist plays with passion, excitement & energy then jazz will appeal to the young & old alike and the genre will continue to attract new fans" - Wayne Henderson