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Wayne Henderson


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There are at least 2 artists named Wayne Henderson
1. a folk guitarist
2. a soul jazz trombonist

1. Described as Paganini and Stradivari combined into one man wearing glue-stained blue jeans, Wayne Henderson is an American musician and luthier from Rugby, Virginia. His handcrafted guitars, mandolins and violins are legendary for both their pure tone and exquisite craftsmanship - the waiting list for one of his instruments is now well over a decade.

Wayne is also a virtuoso of “guitar pickin’,” in the American folk music tradition of the Appalachian Mountains. Wayne is the recipient of the 1995 American Heritage Award and annually hosts an eponymous traditional music festival at the Grayson Highlands State Park – “Third Saturday in June, rain or shine” – in Grayson County, Virginia.

2. Wayne Henderson (b. September 24, 1939 in Houston, Texas) is a soul-jazz and hard bop trombonist and record producer. In 1961, he co-founded the soul jazz/hard bop group The Jazz Crusaders. Henderson left the group (who had changed their name to The Crusaders) in 1975 to pursue a career in producing, but revived The Jazz Crusaders in 1995.

Henderson is a very fluent technician who exhibits the influence of lesser apt, yet significant trombonists such as Kid Ory and Jack Teagarden. One can hear his Texas roots in his performances.


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  • Theeboon

    A fine trombonist making chilled out and happy music. Right on Brother Man.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ngkemp

    Saw Wayne on Alan Yentob's 'Story of the Guitar' last week. Pure class.

    13 Oct 2008 Reply

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