Born: March 31, 1951 Primary Instrument: Reeds
Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced “wine-apple”) has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson, and Johnny Coles. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 22 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with top-level musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, and Jovino Santos Neto.
Wainapel’s third CD, The Hang, received a glowing 4-star review from Down Beat magazine, and features pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Larry Grenadier, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and drummer Kenny Wollesen. His previous release, Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron, was recorded with Holland’s 60-piece Metropole Orchestra. A Jazziz Magazine review of Ambrosia says the CD “offers a better case for concert-hall jazz than many a ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center’ affair.” Wainapel’s first release, At Home/On the Road, recorded live on tour in Europe, was described by Cadence as “music that can be played again and again; a clear winner.” A duo CD entitled New Choros of Brazil, recorded in São Paulo with master guitarist Paulo Bellinati, was released 2004. Wainapel’s most recent CD, Amigos Brasileiros, was also recorded in Brazil, featuring a cast of forty of that country’s most talented composers and instrumentalists....