We are pleased to announce that Cincinnati trumpet player Mike Wade will be the band leader for the Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Withrow High School!
Mike began playing trumpet in his pre-teen years. While attending the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington, D.C., he received a National Symphony Fellowship to study with symphony trumpeters. He attended Howard University for one year before transferring to Central State University on full scholarship, where he received his bachelor’s in music education. He is no stranger to the titles of producer, composer, arranger, and educator. He is also the founder and leader of the Standard Time Quintet, Mike Wade & The Jazz Mafia, and the Mike Wade Reality Band.
During his career, Mike has been named one of the top ten unsigned jazz, brass players as rated by Jazziz Magazine (1997). His composition, “Blues for Shorty Bop,” was chosen for inclusion on Jazziz on Disc collection. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie, Don Braden, Steve Wilson, Othello Molineaux, Vincent Herring, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Carl Allen, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross, Winard & Phillip Harper, Antoine Roney, Herb Jeffries, Craig Bailey, Billy Hart, Marc Cary, Bill Lee, Ricky Wellman, Bootsy Collins, Reggie Calloway, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays, Maurice, Freddie, and Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire), Tom Tom 84, and Experience Unlimited (E.U.).
Mike has performed on Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery show, and WOSU Jazz Voices television series. With either his quartet or quintet he has performed at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards show (2000), Cincinnati Cammy Awards show (1997), the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Frog Island Festival. Mike’s quintet, Standard Time, was the 1997 winner of the Cincinnati Cammy award for Best Small Jazz Group. With the Mike Wade Reality Band, he has opened (2003) for the smooth jazz group BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown). With the Famous American Trumpet Section (F.A.T.S.), he performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Denver, CO (2004). With the Mike Wade Sextet, he has opened (2005) for the renowned San Francisco Jazz Collective.
Mike has contributed his talent to the recordings of William Menefield’s Big Will Leaps In (J Curve Records), Art Gore Quintet’s Artwork, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble’s A Journey’s Quest, Dixie Karas’ Never Too Late, Cincinnati Jazz Collection Vol. 1,Vol. 2,and Vol. 3, Roots & Blues (J-Curve Records), and WVXU’s Christmas CD, X Star Jazz Christmas.
Mike has also produced several CDs of his own as a band leader. Be Truthful, with Standard Time, is full of original straight ahead jazz compositions, showcases how fiercely he blows his horn and the soul, precision, and excitement of the quintet’s tight performances. Reality is a blend of funky hip-hop, smooth jazz, R&B, and go-go, taken from Mike’s D.C. roots. And The Broach Approach, features new arrangements of straight-ahead standards and original compositions.
Mike is a veteran of the Cincinnati jazz scene and we’re excited to see and hear the band he assembles for this wondrous event!
For more info about Mike, visit his website at http://www.mikewademusic.net/
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