Primary Instrument: Keyboard
Sean Wayland was born in Sydney, Australia, and resides in New York now. He is well known and respected for his prolific writing, and unique harmony and rhythm.
Reviewers have said:
“Music Pours easily from Sean Wayland”: limelight CD review
“Superman plays for keeps”: Sydney Morning Herald CD review
“Sean Wayland has long been something of a legend among Sydney jazz circles”: Jazzgroove
“But if you took the names of Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings or Joey Calderazzo, he (Sean) is a player of the same high caliber”-Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz
His was a musical family, his father's love of jazz enabled Sean to hear the music of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and others as a young child. His father's mother Muriel Cohen was a concert pianist and the first Australian to perform Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue D'Oiseax publicly. To this day Sean is still entranced by Debussy and Messiaen. Perhaps intimidated by living up to his family's talent, Sean chose to study the violin as a child. His interest in the piano increased and as a teenager he fooled around on the instrument. The fact that he was already an accomplished fiddler and had a busy schedule playing with school orchestras etc meant that he had little time to practise piano. In his final year of high school Sean met jazz pianist John Bostock .
At the time in Australia it was difficult to find out about jazz and John hipped Sean to the music of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane. After school Sean spent a couple of years at University studying Electrical Engineering, but the seed had been sown and he came to realise that his calling in life was to be a musician. Sean studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1992 and 1993.
He has had numerous piano teachers including Mike Nock, Roger Frampton, Judy Bailey, and Paul Macnamara in Australia. In New York he has studied with Barry Harris, Kevin Hayes, Geoff Keezer, George Colligan, Sam Yahel and Bruce Barth. While at the Conservatorium he received the Jack Chrostowski piano award. In 1993 he was a finalist in the National Jazz Piano Awards at the Wangaratta Festival. In 1999 Sean received a grant from the Australia Council to study jazz piano in New York which helped him to relocate there.
Sean has worked for a number of internationally renowned musicians including: David Binney, Madeliene Peyroux, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Adam Rogers Tim Miller, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Dave Smith, Dan Pratt, Ike Sturm, Matt Geraghty, The Dangit -Bobbys, Moses Patrou, Cornell Dupree, Jesse Harris, Sheryl Bailey, Gerald Hayes, Dale Barlow, Justine Clark, Phil Slater, Jackie Orsascky, Steve Hunter, James Muller and Steve Mckenna.
Sean has released over 23 critically acclaimed CDs, featuring musicians such as Adam Nussbaum, Dennis Irwin, Seamus Blake, Chad Wackerman, Steve Kirby, Alvester Garnett, Jesse Harris, James Muller, Jochen Rueckert, Matt Penman, Donny McCaslin, Will Vinson, Keith Carlock, Adam Rogers and Tim Lefebvre.
Sean has successfully toured internationally. He has performed in many countries including U.S.A, China, Japan, England, Germany , Hong Kong and New Zealand under his own name. And in 2004, with his trio, Sean made the first instructional jazz DVD produced in China by foreigners.
As well as recording his own CDs he has appeared on numerous other jazz releases including albums by David Binney, Elana Stone, Tim Hopkins, Banana, John Mackie and Nick McBride and Luca Benedetti.
Sean’s compositions and arrangements have been recorded by James Muller, Lily Dior, The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra, Matt McMahon, etc. Dale Barlow, Matt Penman, Gerard Masters and Dave Theak have dedicated tunes to Sean as well.
Music Pours easily from Sean Wayland —Limelight CD reviews
Superman plays for keeps —Sydney Morning Herald CD review
Stolen Van (RUFUS 035) featuring works by contemporary songwriters such as Steely Dan and Elvis Costello
Stevo (SEED 002) featuring Adam Nussbaum and Dennis Irwin
and 99 (SEED 004) with Seamus Blake (Mingus Big Band), Alvester Garnett (Regina Carter), Steve Kirby (Elvin Jones) and others
South Pacific Soul (SEED 005)
Colossus of Rhodes (DIW) with Matt Penman and Jochen Ruckert
Lurline (SEED 006) with Matt Penman and Jochen Ruckert
Australian Rhythm Changes (SEED 007) with Chad Wackerman, James Muller, Andrew Gander
Solo (SEED 008). Solo piano compositions and improvisations Expensive Habit (SEED 009) Swinging modern jazz with interesting compositions and a blend of acoustic and electric instruments.
Sean Wayland and the Headmasters: I am sun (SEED 010) contemporary songs featuring vocalists Justine Clark, Virna Sanzone, Lily Dior, Robynne Dunn and Elana Stone.
Pistachio (SEED 011): Sean Wayland, Keith Carlock, Tim Lefebvre, Adam Rogers, James Muller.
Pistachio vol.2 (SEED 012): A funky CD with Keith Carlock (drums), Tim LeFebvre (bass), Adam Rogers (guitar), James Muller (Guitar), Ronnie Cooter (vocals) and Matt Clohesy (Bass).
Live at Wangaratta (SEED 013): Recorded at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival November 2007
Live at the Basement 080805 (SEED 014): High energy live Jazz organ trio recording
Live at 55 Bar Dec 2009 (SEED 015): High energy live trio jazz recording at 55 Bar in NYC, with Jeff Hanley and Mark Guiliana
The Show Must Go On (SEED 016): Mostly swinging and features a large number of cover tunes mixed with Sean's distinctive compositions.
Kaboom (SEED 017): Re-release of James Muller's third album, with Matt Penman and Bill Stewart
Click Track Jazz Vol.1 (SEED 018)
Click Track Jazz Vol.2 (SEED 019)
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Willing to teach:
For violin lessons, classical piano lessosn, jazz piano lessons, contemporary keyboard lessons. available during weekdays, evenings and weekends. Rate: $45/0.5 hour, $75/hour head teacher at the Australian Institute of Music for Keyboard harmony, and Piano for 2 years.