Jazz

"Wewh! That bass player is great," said Carlos Santana with a smile as he listened to a recent recording of Wes, who regularly performs, teaches, and records in the Boston area. Fluent in many styles, but most often jazz, gospel, reggae, calypso, and afro-pop, Wes's acoustic and electric bass playing is cutting edge and always heart-felt. Wes is currently producing a feature recording of original compositions that push the limits of contemporary bass playing and bass-centric sensibility. Wes maintains a very active involvement with many of Boston's top musical talent.

Notable recent recordings with:
King Sunny Ade - award winning 7 Degrees North
Stan Stricklan - Love and Beauty
Jama Jigi and Sidi Muhammad Joh Camara - Afro Blue
Darren Barrett - Attack of the Wren
George W. Russell - Schlickness and Sandra Dow - Live with the Trio
Bob Moses - Time Stood Still
East African Afro Beat Diva, Sali Oyugi - Vuma
Production and co-arranging of Balla Tounkara's Be Right
Award winning sound track for Miramax Films - Next Stop Wonderland

Tours with:
Chuck Mangione, Bob Moses & Mozamba, George Russell, Mamma Tongue, and Stan Strickland.

Background:
In addition to holding an undergraduate degree with honors in jazz performance and composition from New England Conservatory, Wes practices as an architect and planner. He holds a masters degree from Harvard University in each of those fields. He is currently working on developing a state of the art music, performance, recording, production, practice, and educational facility in Boston.

Photo by Andrew Hurlbut

2009-07-31

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