Wess 'Warmdaddy' Anderson

Wess 'Warmdaddy' Anderson

 Lansing, Michigan, USA
BandJazz

Wessell 'Warmdaddy' Anderson is a Classic Swing Stylist with a big sound and irresistible charm - when combined they connect audiences with hard swinging Jazz and the extraordinary man who delivers it. 'Warmdaddy' is more than a name, it's an experience that envelops you in sound and soul.

Biography

Wessell 'Warmdaddy' Anderson began playing the saxophone at age 14. He attended Jazzmobile workshops in Harlem, studied with Frank Wess, Frank Foster, and Charles Davis, and frequented jam sessions led by saxophonist Sonny Stitt at the Blue Coronet.

Before entering Southern University, where he studied with clarinetist Alvin Batiste, Anderson met Wynton and Branford Marsalis. In 1988, he became a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Septet, with which he toured and recorded for seven years, and has been a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since it began touring in 1992.

Anderson has recorded and released three solo albums, entitled "Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing", "The Ways of Warmdaddy", and "Live at the Village Vanguard”. In addition to his vast professional performance experience, Wess is also a frequent participant in Jazz at Lincoln Center educational events, served on the faculty of the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies and Michigan State University College of Music jazz studies program.

Wess Anderson delivers excellence in artistry and character making him a memorable experience for audiences and students. From his extraordinary command on the saxophone, to his magnetic personality - Warmdaddy is a must see.

Discography

As a Leader
* Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing, Atlantic, 1994
* The Ways of Warmdaddy, Atlantic, 1995
* Live at the Village Vanguard, Learning House, 1998

With Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
* The Five of the Fundamentals, Columbia/Sony Music, 1993
* Blood on the Fields, Columbia/Sony Music, 1997
* Jump Start and Jazz, Columbia/Sony Music, 1997

With Wynton Marsalis
* Majesty of the Blues, Columbia, 1988
* Crescent City Christmas Card, Columbia, 1989
* Standard Time: Volume 2-Intimacy Calling, Columbia, 1990
* Tune in Tomorrow, CBS, 1990
* Levee Low Moon, Columbia, 1991
* Blue Interlude, Columbia, 1992

With Others
* (With Marcus Roberts) Deep in the Shed, Novus, 1989
* (With Nicolas Payton and others) New Orleans Collective 1992
* (With Branford Marsalis) I Heard You Twice the First Time, Columbia, 1992
* (With Delfeayo Marsalis) Pontius Pilate’s Decision, Novus, 1992
* (With Eric Reed) It’s All Right to Swing, MoJazz, 1993
* (With Alvin Batiste) Late, Columbia, 1993
* (With Donald Edwards and others) In the Vernacular, Learning House, 1998