The Warmdaddy-Rapp Quartet is playing the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 30th!
This new boogaloo movement all started when Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, a longtime Wynton Marsalis sideman, and trumpeter Mark Rapp joined forces to present Rapp’s CD “Good Eats” which recognized Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson as one of the pivotal composer/ bandleaders of the modern era. After a couple tours in New Orleans and 4 SOLD OUT shows at the famous Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, their project developed into recording their first release and a long-awaited new recording by Warmdaddy – an original, brand new, blues infused offering with a formidable band comprised of Atlanta, GA based musicians David Ellington on organ and Chris Burroughs on drums. Their live shows are deep in swing, boogaloos, grooves and adventure. Not afraid to stretch out, they even employ the sounds of the didgeridoo. The Warmdaddy-Rapp Quartet is a refreshingly melodic, grooving, swinging band in these modern, eclectic times.
MEET THE BAND
Alto saxophonist Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson grew up in the tough Bedford Stuyvesent and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY. By the time Anderson was 14 years old, he was deeply involved in the local jazz scene (thanks in part to his father, a drummer) and attending jam sessions at then-active Brooklyn and Queens jazz clubs like the Blue Coronet, Pumpkin’s, and the Turbo Village.
Anderson later studied at Harlem’s famed Jazzmobile workshops with the likes of Frank Wess, Charles Davis, and Frank Foster. Here, Anderson also met Wynton and Branford Marsalis, who were both playing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at the time. At Branford’s urging, Anderson soon departed New York to study with famed clarinetist Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
It wasn’t long before Anderson got his first big break, when Wynton Marsalis asked Anderson to tour with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Soon, Anderson was off to the studio and the road with Marsalis, helping make some of the most defining music of the late-’80s and early-’90s jazz revival. Although Marsalis disbanded the group in 1995, Anderson is still the first string alto saxist with Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
It was during his time with Marsalis’ group that Anderson began to develop his own sound: a mix of traditional New Orleans jazz (likely Batiste’s influence) and a sweeping blues style similar to that of Cannonball Adderly. Anderson’s 1994 debut album, Warmdaddy In the Garden of Swing (Atlantic Records), featured Anderson playing a set of all original compositions with big-name sidemen like pianist Eric Reed and bassist Ben Wolfe. Anderson truly came into his own, however, with 1998’s Live at the Village Vanguard, which found him in top form with his own hand-picked band of powerhouse young players, including trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, bassist Steve Kirby, pianist Xavier Davis, and drummer Jaz Sawyer.
Mark Rapp is a distinguished trumpeter, composer, arranger, didgeridoo player, recording and touring artist and has performed with such distinct artists from Delfeayo & Branford Marsalis to country star Darius Rucker. Rapp has released 6 diverse recordings with a new one coming out Feb 2017 and appears as a sideman on a myriad of projects including being prominently featured as bandleader on the closing track of Disney’s “Everybody Wants to be a Cat” CD. Artists such as Roy Hargrove, Dave Brubeck, Esperanza Spalding, The Bad Plus, Joshua Redman and more are also featured on this CD. Rapp’s celebrated 2009 debut release “Token Tales” (Paved Earth Music), earned him a spot as a “Top Emerging Trumpeter” in Downbeat Magazine. His release “Good Eats” (Dinemec Jazz) had critics saying, “Rapp is quickly developing a reputation as a superb interpreter and great stylist.” – AllAboutJazz.com. Rapp is a featured artist in Mellen Press’ “How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music” among a prestigious list including Terence Blanchard, Lew Soloff, Freddie Hubbard, Tim Hagans, Dave Douglas and more. Rapp also composed a jazz ballet Woven: Life in Notes and Steps (http://wovenballet.com).
Mark Rapp performs in jazz clubs around the world from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (NYC), Snug Harbor (New Orleans), Blue Note (NYC), The Jazz Standard (NYC), Yoshi’s (San Francisco), Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), Jazzland (Vienna, Austria), AMR (Geneva, Switzerland), Clube do Choro (Brasilia, Brasil) to Jazz Tunnel (Zagreb, Croatia). Mark Rapp has played jazz festivals around the world from the Newport Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, WC Handy Festival, Festival AMR des Cropettes (Switzerland), JazzTimes Festival in Croatia, the Jazz&Blues Festival in Garanhuns, Brasil to the RioMar Jazz Festival in Recife, Brasil. Mark has been guest soloist with Big Bands, recorded as a special guest artist on CDs, played in the United Nations Symphony Orchestra, and has had many jazz greats perform in his bands including bassist James Genus (Herbie Hancock, Brecker Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Aretha Franklin), Nate Smith (Chris Potter), Walter Blanding, Jr (Wynton Marsalis Quintet), Don Braden, Wycliffe Gordon, Clerence Penn, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Gerald Clayton, Don Braden, Delfeayo Marsalis, et al.
“RAPP HAS HIS OWN WAY OF DEFINING JAZZ, WHICH KEEPS ITS STANDARD PRINCIPLES WHILE DELVING INTO THE EXPERIMENTAL SIDE.” – JAZZTIMES
Growing up playing music, David Ellington studied the traditional classical fare that kids typically learn. But as adolescence hit and FM radio came into it’s own, David became attracted to all these other styles of music that he heard on the radio in the late 60’s/early 70’s – and everything changed. Throughout his teenage years, he played in garage bands and with friends, in School, and rocking’ Church Musicals; always trying to learn more of the music that he heard all around him. After graduating high school he left his home town in Connecticut and moved to Boston. There he attended Berklee College of Music in the early 80’s, before moving to New Orleans in 1983.
Immersed in the extraordinary music scene in New Orleans, David worked and recorded with dozens of artists, including: ‘Walter Wolfman Washington’ – CD ‘Out of the Dark’, The Wild Magnolias – CD ‘Life is a Carnival’, Leigh ‘Lil’ Queen’ Harris – CD ‘Roy-G-Biv’, Troi Bechet – CD ‘Vo-Du Bleu’, Josh Paxton/Dave Ellington Trio, Los Vecinos, Rick Trolsen, the late greats; Marva Wright and Tommy RIdgely, among many others. David also created the group ‘Chevere’; a fiery afro-cuban jazz group. The CD recording by Chevere entitled, ‘Baila Mi Ritmo”, was chosen by Times Picayune music critic Keith Spera as not of the ‘Top 20 recordings of 2001. ‘Chevere’ played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year and always received a top tier ‘4 umbrella’ rating for their live performances at the Fest. David also had the good fortune to study with Ellis Marsalis while attending the University of New Orleans in the mid 90’s.
Since moving to Atlanta in 2005, David has been busy focusing on the Hammond organ with the ‘David Ellington Organ Trio’ and with numerous established Atlanta groups and leaders. Some are: ’The Dan Baraszu & David Ellington Group’ – CD ‘Organ Trio’, ‘The Rick Lollar Band’ – CD ‘Soulful Hang’, Will Scruggs’s “CC Booker 3rd” – CD ’CC Booker 3rd’, Dan Baraszu’s ‘Planet Zu’ – CD ‘In the Light of Day’, ‘The Karen Greene Quartet’, ’The Dan Coy Group’, The ‘Dave & Dave Duo’ w/David Freeman, ’Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo’, Ken Gregory’s ‘Solid State’, ‘Kenyon Carter Group’ – and also accompanying jazz singers; Kayla Taylor, Laura Coyle, Gwen Hughes, and Karin Williams.
Although his focus is on Hammond B3 Organ, David also performs on acoustic piano, as well as some very select vintage and modern keyboard gear: Hammond B3 & Leslie, Vintage Vibe Electric Piano [custom Rhodes clone extraordinaire], Vintage Vibe Vibanet [custom D6 Clavinet clone extraordinaire], Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Mellotron, Vox Continental Organ, Farfisa Mini Compact Organ, Moog synthesizer, and Nord Electro 5.
Burroughs brings his passion to all musical styles and melodies. By weaving them into a distinct percussive tapestry, he is in a constant state of evolving. Chris takes a metaphysical approach to percussion, always in the present moment, intuitively seeking a higher level. A non-conformist, he creates his own path.
Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois drummer/percussionist Chris Burroughs began playing at the early age of four. Music was not only encouraged in the Burroughs household, it was mandatory. “My Dad was a huge fan of all things artistic, especially music. Everyone was required to play a musical instrument and I chose the drums.”
Over the course of his professional career, Chris has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He has been blessed to record, tour, and share the stage with artist like: Lizz Wright, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Bradford, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jennifer Holiday, Russell Gunn, Chris Duarte, Tony Monaco, Dionne Farris, and Jacques Schwartz-Bart.
Chris endorses Evans drum heads and Pro-Mark drum sticks.