Wayne Darling

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Wayne Darling (born January 3, 1945 in Perry (Iowa) ) is an American modern jazz double bass player and composer.

Darling was noticed at an early age due to his musical talent and he began playing the double bass at events at the age of 13. He studied at Drake and Ball State University before embarking on a PhD at North Texas State University . He then worked for Woody Herman , Clark Terry , Stan Getz and Dave Liebman . In 1974 he moved to Austria to take lessons from Ludwig Streicher . He performed with Ed Soph , Friedrich Gulda and Joe Henderson (“Barcelona”, 1979) and became a member of the ORF Big Band , Tom van der Geld's band “Children At Play” and Leszek Zadlo's band . In the Viennese Jazzland he played a. a. with Benny Carter , Art Farmer , Frank Mantooth , Billy Butterfield , Dexter Gordon , Sweets Edison , Eddie Lockjaw Davis , Dave Liebman, Dorothy Donegan , Herb Ellis , Art Hodes , Dave Schnitter , Leo Wright and John LaPorta . In 1981 he completed a duo tour with his colleague Barre Phillips and from 1982 played in the quintet of Erich Kleinschuster , from 1983 in the trio with Peter O'Mara and Bill Elgart , which in 1987 was expanded to a quartet with Kenny Wheeler . He also worked with classical orchestras and also with Henry Mancini , Shirley Bassey , Dexter Gordon, Sheila Jordan , Horace Parlan or Jim Pepper ("Polar Bear Stomp"). With bass colleagues Marc Johnson , Fritz Pauer and John Hollenbeck , he researched the work of Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael ("The Art of the Bass (Vol 2) - The Beiderbecke / Carmichael Songbook"). Shortly before his death in 2005, he played with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in a formation with three bassists. In the current Wayne Darling Trio, he has musical talks with the German pianist Olaf Polziehn and his compatriot Howard Curtis dm.

In 1983 Darling was appointed professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz , where he taught until his retirement. Together with bassist Ewald Oberleitner , he was also responsible for two "Bass Spectren" albums, on which a large part of the spectrum of possible uses and ways of playing the double bass is shown. He is chairman of the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition Panel and lives near Vienna (Neulengbach).

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