E.W. Wainwright and legendary jazz drummer Max Roach


EWW performed on February 19th 2012 at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Dr. J. Hairston and 300 voices with the new England symphonie orchestra.EWW reigns as a performing arts consultant and jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright has succeeded in working as a performer, educator, administrator and recently as Executive Producer of albums, CD's, cassettes and videos both industrial and commercial.

In his 40+ years in the entertainment industry, Wainwright has dedicated his life to enriching the quality of life for those most in need planetarily, using his talent to share, teach and entertain.

As we dawn the 21st century we realize that arts education must advance to the next dimension, as it relates to the planetary family. With this in mind know that Wainwright is on the cutting edge of that transition.
1965 - 2003

After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force, Wainwright formed his first group, The Jazz Pioneers. The Jazz Pioneers toured the southeastern United States and opened the First Atlanta Jazz Festival in 1965.

Wainwright's first major tour as a sideman was with Bob Hope's Far East Tour in 1968. During that same period Wainwright opened for Louis Armstrong's 50th Anniversary in music.

He also performed with Redd Foxx and served as Oscar Brown Jr.'s band leader in 1969. Early in 1970 Wainwright moved to the Bay Area where he performed with Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, and Earl "Father" Hines.

In the mid 1970s, Wainwright moved to New York, where he performed and toured with McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Daily, Buster Williams, Azar Lawrence, and Eddie Palmierie; during that time he also performed at Carnegie Hall with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and McCoy Tyner.

E.W. Wainwright, legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner,
and premier South African alto saxophonist Kelly Ptlani





1976 - Toured with Mark Almond Band
1977 - Founded the African Roots of Jazz
1978 - Produced and directed the musical Afrasia with a cast of 32 professionals
1981 - Produced and directed the musical From Africa to America With Love
2000 - Appointed to Stanford University faculty, Music Workshop Series

From 1981 to 2003 Wainwright has amassed an impressive record of serving vital sectors of the Bay Area as a consultant and volunteering for those most in need.

He has worked locally with such notables as Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Joe Henderson, and many others. Wainwright was part of the "all star" band that performed for Nelson Mandela's 1990 USA Tour, and performed in the World Drum Festival.

Wainwright's most recent works include:
- African Roots of Jazz, volumes 1 & 2
- Pharoah Sanders' release "Welcome to Love"
- Vukani Mawethu's "People Arise"
- Co-release with Liberty Ellman in 1988
- "A Living Tribute to Elvin Jones," 2000

Wainwright is currently working on:
- "Collectors Items"
- "Jazz Face"
- A book of poetry: "For lovers of Life and Life's Lovers"

For eight consecutive years Wainwright has produced the annual Youth Arts Benefit concert at Yoshi's world class venue at Jack London Square in downtown Oakland.

E.W. Wainwright and legendary jazz drummer Elvin Jones


2003 Received KQED-TV's Hero of the Year award presented by Union Bank of California and Southern California Auto Assn.

2003 Director of Arts Programming at San Quentin State Prison; curriculum includes creative writing, drama, and music classes. The program received an "excellent" rating for twelve consecutive years. In 2003 the state budget for arts and education in state prison system was cut; the program will end in 2003. [since 1991]

2003 Instructor of Leadership Training and Video Production at Glenview Elementary School in Oakland, California. [since 2000]

2003 Program Director of the Performing Arts After School program at Lakeview Elementary School in Oakland, California.
[since 2000]

2003 Received master's degree in theater arts administration, Trinity College & Seminary
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2002 Creative arts consultant to 21st Century Academy Alternative Middle School in Oakland, California. Developed, planned, and implemented a highly successful and inclusive creative arts program. [since 1993]

2001 Received bachelor's degree in theater arts administration, Trinity College & Seminary
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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2000 Appointed Stanford University faculty member for Summer Jazz Music series.

2000 Recieved $375,000 grant from 21st Century Academy Alternative Middle School in Oakland, California for a 3-year after school program.

1993 Performing Arts Director New Traditions Elementary School in San Francisco, California. [1990-1993]

1979 Received $15,000 grant from Brown & Williamson for inner-city community-based performing arts projects.

1979 Received $5,000 grant from the city of Baltimore to teach manufacturing projects as a youth empowerment project.

1978 Received The F.D. Radford Fellowship for graduate studies in Theater Arts. Worked as special assistant to Walter Gill, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.

1972 Received an AA degree in Music from Los Angeles City College.

Wainwright is currently retained as a curriculum development consultant for the San Francisco and Oakland School Districts.

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