Wayne Tucker- the freshest old soul
Wayne Tucker sat barefoot in 95 degree Brooklyn summer weather with a huge head of black hair extending nearly four inches from his head, and a smile permanently tattooed on his face and joked, “I’m half African, I’m used to this weather”.
At twenty-six, Wayne has been able to support a lifestyle as a full-time, freelance trumpet player – something very few musicians can do. This is no surprise, being that music has been a lifestyle for him since he was a young child. “ My dad would set up three pianos in the basement and throw on some Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder and we would just jam, no instructions, just for fun”.
But Wayne doesn’t stick to his Jazz background in music, or his preferred Blues, he plays any and all music, which is part of the reason he is able to support himself.. He also acknowledges that he has a special feel for ‘sound’ that musicians who started at an older age, have to work much harder to develop; “the music was put into my ears at a really young age and since it was a part of my upbringing, I had a natural sense for it. So many musicians are searching to figure out ‘sound’ – I already had that”.
With a smile constantly on his face, and a fresh, young spirit, it’s no shock that Wayne has a way with a crowd. There’s a skill behind how he interacts with the people while he’s playing; “If they seem like they want to dance, I’ll get ‘em dancing. If they seem to want more of a ‘show’ I’ll give ‘em more of a nostalgic atmosphere”.
While Wayne is a light hearted, easy going and fresh-spirited person to chat with, he shows a different side of himself when he plays. With more purpose and antiquity in his demeanor, Wayne played a song, eyes shut -just him and his trumpet. Wayne said, “Music is an expression of my current state of mind. The historical aspect of the song, the people you’re playing with, the people you’re playing for, these are all different influencers on how my music sounds”.
Wayne tries to not turn his music into a performance, for him it is all about the music: “I want it to be where the music I play is engaging enough”. Come get engaged in his music Wednesday night, July 17th at 231 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn. Show starts at 7:30.