THE SINGER

Wayne Messmer’s newest CD Release, So Lucky To Be Loving You features the accompaniment of the great pianist Judy Roberts. He displays the gentle side of his baritone voice to serve evidence of his position as a well-respected singer in the genre of jazz and the “Great American Songbook.” His voice has been proudly associated with the National Anthem in Chicago for over thirty years, having sung as the featured vocalist for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Wolves, Chicago Sting, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, many other professional and college sports teams, conventions and business meetings and civic functions. Recordings of his Patriotic CDs are available.

 

 

Jazz Notes from Judy Roberts

Can a singer who has wowed Cubs fans for years with his classic rendition of the National Anthem be equally at home in an intimate jazz piano/vocal duo? As both fan and accompanist, I can tell you that the answer is yes! 

I discovered this one evening several years ago when Wayne dropped by a Chicago club where I was working, and I invited him to sit in. I was treated to a shockingly beautiful rendition of "You Are Too Beautiful," delivered as though Wayne was channeling the ghost of Johnny Hartman. I had an immediate reaction of musical "oneness" with him---the kind of camaraderie between singer and pianist that is a rare and special thing.

After many more guest spots over the next few years, along with a blossoming friendship, it became obvious that we needed to take our special relationship into the studio.

This recording introduces multiple musical personalities of Wayne that very few people have ever heard--- soft, sexy, jazzy, tender, playful. Ballads sung with passion and heart, swing tunes and bossa novas that feature scatting and be-bop-esque improv. And another surprise: jazz whistling! Throughout the session, Wayne and I enjoyed the kind of uninhibited musical interaction that inspires freedom and creativity. Wayne's incredible sound and vocal chops, his thoughtful choice of tunes, and his delightful sense of humor have made my piano and me very happy!

– Judy Roberts

Where's Wayne

  • Jun 4
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago
     
  • Jun 7
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago
     
  • Jun 9
    TBD, 
     
  • Jun 9
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago
     

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Wayne Messmer with Judy Roberts

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