Wayne Wilentz pianist

Wayne Wilentz is a seasoned professional who can come to your house or party venue and provide fun and cool music. If needed he can supply a keyboard and P.A. System. His versatility is legendary. He is extremely well versed in Jazz, Brazilian, Pop, Rock, Soul, Vocalese and Traditional Jazz styles, with a personal repertoire of over 1,000 songs!

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[box title=”More Information”]Wayne has performed with such famous R&B acts as Carl Gardner’s Coasters, The Shirelles, The Marvellettes, and Jimmy Norman. He was a keyboardist and composer for the ’80’s funk band “SKYY” from 1981 to 1989, and possesses a gold record commemorating their chart-topping Album “Skyy Line” on Salsoul Records. Born in New York City, Wayne moved to Washington in 1989, and has played Brazilian and American Jazz in the nation’s capitol since then. Wayne has a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University, and produced the nightly jazz program on the school’s radio station, WNUR.

Since moving to the DC area, Wayne has recorded on a number of CD’s, many of which he co-produced. Karen Devitt’s “Peel Me A Grape” (1991), “Way Out There” by Exodus Quartet (1995), The Wayne W Trio”…e nossos amigos” (1995), Valucha’s “Born In Brazil” (1997), Thievery Corporation’s “Songs from The Thievery Hi-Fi” (1998), Pam Bricker, Wayne and Jim West’s “U-topia” (2000 – Winner of the WAMMIE award for Contemporary Jazz CD of 2000), Michelle Walker’s “Slow Down” (2001- Nominee for Independent Record of the Year and a top seller on MP3.com), Karen Gray’s “In Good Company” (2002), Thievery Corporation’s “The Richest Man In Babylon” (2002), “Chiclete Com Banana” by Nicki Gonzalez, Jamieson Tobey and Wayne (2003).

In 2004, Wayne released his first compilation of original material entitled “Break of Dawn”. It featured vocals by four of DC’s finest jazz singers, Pam Bricker, Patrick Desantos, Nicki Gonzalez and Steve Washington.

“Break of Dawn”, “U-topia”, “Slow Down” and “In Good Company” were all recorded at Backstreet Studios, Wayne’s recording studio. Recent efforts from the studio include Liz Briones’ debut CD, Renee Tannenbaum’s CD “Sway”, and the new CD by Diane Daly, “I Ain’t Blue”. The track “Home At Last” from “U- topia” was included on the ESC Records salute to Steely Dan, “Maestros of Cool” (2006), alongside tracks by Chuck Loeb, Don Braden, Cornelius Bumpus and many other well known artists.

The Wayne Quartet has just released their new CD “Recordar É Viver”. Release parties will be announced very soon! The CD is a reflection of the material they have been working on recently, including originals by Wayne and David, plus works by great composers from Brazil and the USA, like Chico Buarque, Duke Ellington, Nelson Cavaquinho and Jimi Hendrix.

Over the years Wayne has done many sessions for ESL Music and Thievery Corporation, and can be heard on remixes by them, particularly on “Dirty Little Secret” from Sarah McLaughlin’s remix CD “Bloom”. He is also on the new ESL CD by Natalia Clavier entitled “Nectar”.

Howie Jung pianist

Howie started piano lessons in Huntington N.Y. at the age of 7. At the age of 9 he started playing trumpet in the school band. Private piano and trumpet lessons continued through High School. In 10th grade Howie joined the High School choir, and started playing in his first rock band on a Farfisa organ. In 11th grade he made the Suffolk County, N.Y. All-County Choir. In 12th grade he made The New York State All-State Choir.

Now Howie is a freelance artist in the Washington D.C. area and plays solo and has played with numerous bands including: Unstrung, the Howie Jung Trio, Radio King Orchestra, Vic Simas Big Band, Swing Shift, James Bazen Pizza Band, Olney Big Band, High Society, Doc Scatlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, and the Frankie Condon Big Band. Howie likes to drop in for an occasional piano lesson with D.C. jazz legend Ron Elliston.

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David Mosick guitarist

Born in 1967, and raised on Long Island, Dave got into Rock music very young, and went on to play in bands all through high school and college. While attending American University Dave was deeply inspired by a jazz history class taught by the great Jazz Historian Rusty Hassan, and was bitten by the “ Jazz Bug “. Eventually he settled into the Washington D.C. jazz scene where he studied with guitarists Paul Bollenback and Paul Wingo. He also studied ear training with Asher Zlotnik.

On April 12, 2002 Dave Mosick released his debut CD Amalgamation to widespread critical acclaim. Joe Zupan, Jazz Director at WICN FM says, “With this debut recording guitarist Dave M hits the nail on the head not once, but twice. Not only is the playing clear, clever and concise, but the title, “Amalgamation,” also describes exactly what is delivered. Webster’s defines the word as “the mixing or blending of different elements,” and that’s precisely what Dave presents with this recording.”

Based in Washington DC, Dave M maintains a busy schedule performing, as both a leader and sideman. Dave is also an in demand Jazz educator, regularly hosting clinics and giving private lessons. In August 2003 Dave was the featured jazz guitar clinician at The Washington Jazz Academy. Dave’s unique concepts in Jazz Improvisation have been published in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.

“Jazz guitarist Dave Mosick has beautiful tone, exquisite technique and a deft touch, all of which point to high quality musicianship. Dave impresses as a player for the Ages. He has the touch and the tone of a master.”

– Jazz review