Duke Ellington Workshops

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Directors Bio

After 30 years in NYC, Wayne Roberts now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is currently a visiting Lecturer and bass professor at West eld State University. In 2015, Wayne was a member of the faculty for “Jazz in July” at UMass Amherst.

In 1977, Wayne attended the New England Conservatory receiving a Bachelor Degree and in 1980, the Juilliard School where he received his Masters Degree.

Among the most notable musicians Wayne has worked with are Kirk Lightsey, Hal Galper, Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Warren Vache, Billy Childs, Atilla Zoller, Chuck Wayne and Jaki Byard.

From 1992-96, he spent much of his time touring in Europe and lived in Berlin, working as sideman and leader and bassist for Hungarian guitarist, Fenenc Snetberger.

In 1998, he formed the Onyx Club Sextet which featured the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43) which gained him international acclaim.