All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

Wayne Henderson

From his formative years in the Lone Star Republic (Texas) to his present international recording artist status, multi-instrumentalist and producer/composer Wayne Henderson is identified by his ebullient persona and scintillating trombone style. Without sounding rhapsodic, we're also compelled to emphasize that Henderson's effervescence, combined with the legendary Jazz Crusaders many smash hit-recordings, is in large part responsible for the cosmic success of these musical icons since the group's inception in 1961.

More than forty-years ago, Wayne Henderson, along with childhood buddies Wilton Felder, Joe Sample, and Nesbert “Stix”¨ Hooper, formed the nucleus of the Jazz Crusaders/Crusaders. As a fledgling, attending Houston's Phyllis Wheatley Jr. High School, the precocious Henderson took the lead in sculpting the group's dazzling style into one that was ground breaking, with considerable eclectic overtones. By fusing elements of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, Latin, and gospel, an iridescent sound emerged with such impact that a musical revolution was unearthed. As the quartet's cornerstone, Henderson's objective was to accentuate the straight-ahead (often restrained) jazz sound with other musical styles that, ironically, are the offspring of generic, or classic jazz. As a result of exposure to all of the above-mentioned forms while growing up, Henderson's transcendent appreciation for all musical elements compels him to subconsciously or otherwise express those nuances in live performances and on recordings.

Read more

7 Photos

Albums

[no cover]
Emphasized
Songlines Recordings
1979
buy
[no cover]
Living On A Dream
Songlines Recordings
1978
buy
[no cover]
Big Daddy's Place
Songlines Recordings
1977
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Benny Goodman Benny Goodman
clarinet
Cal Tjader Cal Tjader
vibraphone
Roy Ayers Roy Ayers
vibraphone
Jack McDuff Jack McDuff
organ, Hammond B3
Mark O'Connor Mark O'Connor
saxophone
Melvin Sparks Melvin Sparks
guitar
Carlos Garnett Carlos Garnett
sax, tenor
Abstract Truth Abstract Truth
bass, electric

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.