Wayne Henderson (musician)

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Wayne Henderson
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Background information
Born (1939-09-24)September 24, 1939
Houston, Texas, US
Died April 5, 2014(2014-04-05) (aged 74)
Culver City, California
Genres Soul jazz, hard bop
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Trombone
Associated acts The Jazz Crusaders

Wayne Maurice Henderson (September 24, 1939 – April 5, 2014) was an American soul jazz and hard bop trombonist and record producer. In 1961, he co-founded the soul jazz/hard bop group The Jazz Crusaders.[1] Henderson left the group (who by then had changed their name to The Crusaders) in 1976 to pursue a career in producing, but revived The Jazz Crusaders in 1995.

In 2007, Henderson took a position with the California College of Music in Pasadena, California.

Henderson died of heart failure in Culver City, California on April 5, 2014 at age 74.[2][3]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • 1968: The Freedom Sounds fest. Wayne Henderson People Get Ready (Atlantic)
  • 1969: The Freedom Sounds fest. Wayne Henderson Soul Sound System (Atlantic)
  • 1977: At Big Daddies (ABC)
  • 1977: Big Daddy's Place (ABC)
  • 1978: Living on a Dream (Polydor)
  • 1978: Step into Your Life (Polydor)
  • 1979: Emphasized (Polydor)
  • 1980: Roy Ayers/Wayne Henderson Prime Time (Polydor)
  • 1993: Sketches of Life - Wayne Henderson & The Next Crusade[4]

With The (Jazz) Crusaders[edit]

As producer[edit]

With Wilton Felder
With Monk Montgomery
With Ronnie Laws
With Caldera
With Pleasure
With Gábor Szabó


  1. ^ Berendt, Joachim E (1976). The Jazz Book. Paladin. p. 387. 
  2. ^ Martin, Douglas (9 April 2014). "Wayne Henderson, a Founder of the Jazz Crusaders, Dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Perrone, Pierre (4 July 2014). "Wayne Henderson: Trombonist, composer and producer who co-founded the Jazz Crusaders, pioneers of the jazz fusion movement". The Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Sketches of Life AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Coryell, Julie and Laura Friedman (2000) Jazz-Rock Fusion: The People, The Music, p. 303. Hal Leonard Corporation At Google Books. Retrieved June 19, 2013.