“Wess Anderson’s playing contains the essence of soul, that’s why we call him “WarmDaddy.” -Wynton Marsalis
Boxcar is an exciting new ensemble created by JazzIsNow! director and New York by way of Minneapolis based pianist/composer Jeremy Walker. Walker has established himself in the New York jazz community for his unique harmonic vision, and his original music has won the praise of both the media and musicians. Acclaimed trumpeter Ron Miles called it, “music of exceptional beauty…a pianist who reminds me of Ellington and Monk.” Minnpost.com says, “fascinating, warm and inviting with moments of real magic-intricate and sophisticated”.
Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson” grew up in Brooklyn, and was involved in the local jazz scene by age 14. Anderson met Branford Marsalis, who encouraged him to leave New York to study with clarinetist Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. Upon leaving school, 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. Anderson is still a part of Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Anderson possesses a distinctive sound: a mix of traditional New Orleans jazz and a sweeping blues style similar to that of Cannonball Adderley.
Anthony Cox has maintained a low-but-elite profile since returning to Minneapolis from New York, where he was collaborating with some of the most adventurous music being made at that time. His bass sound is full of beauty and warmth and his ability to accompany and still add very creative ideas into whatever music he is playing is remarkable. Cox has appeared on hundreds of recordings by Geri Allen, Pat Metheny, Dewey Redman, Dave Douglas, John Scofield, Ed Blackwell, Joe Lovano, and many others.
J.T. Bates is one of the most adventurous, in-demand percussionists in town. J.T.’s unique and instantly recognizable style of playing coupled with his ability to play such a wide range of musical styles without so much as a periodic blink, makes him a master at the art of improvising and an extremely powerful element on stage and in the studio. He regularly performs with Fat Kid Wednesdays, The Pines, Alpha Consumer and many other ensembles.