Wayne Eagles

Wayne Eagles

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Canadian jazz/rock guitarist & educator: myspace.com/wayneeagles myspace.com/eagleswittet

Biography

There must be something in the Canadian water as one more fine guitarist joins an already impressive list of great musicians, north of the border.
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As any who has followed guitarist Wayne Eagles’ career will give testament to, Wayne has always thought globally but acted locally. Based in Ottawa, Canada, Wayne has performed and recorded both as leader and sideman, executing a variety of musical styles within diverse ensembles over the past thirty years. Twenty of these he has spent teaching, both privately and at Carleton University. In fact, Wayne Eagles is credited as being the first rock guitar teacher at a Canadian University, where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in music and a Masters Degree.

The first to admit that his playing informs his teaching, Wayne works with a dazzling array of local and internationally known artists. In addition, he often plays on unique gear, manufactured and or customized to his specifications. Wayne endorses other companies he feels are doing it right, including G&L Guitars, VHT Amplifiers, DiMarzio Pickups, Eminence Speakers, and John Pearse Strings.

While maintaining a busy private music-teaching schedule, Wayne still finds time to do independent concert promotion. From June 1993 until April 2002 Wayne has acted as Concert Manager for the Carleton University Committee on Cultural Activities. Among the events Wayne has promoted are performances and clinics with local as well as international artists including The Dave Holland Quintet, The Mike Stern Band, and The Dave Weckl Band, this in addition to numerous Ottawa area bands.

Wayne Eagles is the recipient of grants from The Canada Council, numerous radio stations, and various provincial and regional funding bodies. His vast performance history includes appearances at various Canadian Jazz and Blues festivals, university music showcases, numerous television appearances, and extensive club work. For these he draws upon influences as varied as Jan Akkerman, John Abercrombie, Allan Holdsworth, Bill Connors, John McLaughlin, Ollie Halsall, Lenny Breau, and Jimi Hendrix.

Current projects include: Eagles/Wittet, a guitar/drums duo; the jam band 3 Jimmys; and, a proposed ensemble with Adam Nussbaum (John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Dave Liebman).

Recent recordings include Milligan-Eagles Project with bassist Mike Milligan (Shuffle Demons) and drummer Billy Kilson (Dave Holland, Larry Carlton, Chris Botti).

Past projects include the Bitches Brew Tribute Band, the jazz-rock jam band CHUNGA, and Moe Tongue, a blues-rock and funk band. Eagles’ first CD release was entitled How’s Now? (Carleton Sound, 2000). About that album, Muzik Etc. magazine states: “Eagles displays a fine melodic sense. A guitarist of great improvisational facility, he leans towards the romantic and wistful yet isn’t afraid to take it way out fearlessly….”

Among Wayne’s most exciting recorded work is his trio featuring internationally renowned jazz drummer Billy Kilson (the Dave Holland Quintet) and virtuoso double bassist Mike Milligan, the latter a longtime collaborator with Eagles. Milligan-Eagles Project featuring Billy Kilson certainly helped establish Eagles worldwide as an artist to be reckoned with, and one who is apt to contrast languid long tones with abrupt exclamations.

Equally conversant in romantic ballads and what they used to call “free jazz” excursions, Eagles has a large palette of sonic textures, colors, and techniques from which to draw upon. He can lay waiting in the weeds, contributing understated and inventive lines, or he can stand forth aggressively and, dare we say it, rock!

Few guitarists are blessed with the good judgment to know the precise times to exercise.

Discography

Milligan-Eagles Project w/ Billy Kilson
(TetraArtist CD-001, 2005)

Wayne Eagles - How's Now? (Carleton Sound CSCD-1005, 2000)

Soul Finger - The Buddha of External Sexual Pleasure (1996)

Set List

Original jazz-rock material, free improvisation, funk, blues-rock, and some standards...
Inspired by: Gateway Trio, Tony Williams' Lifetime, '60s/'70s Miles Davis, etc.