Wayne Krantz

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Wayne Krantz
Wayne Krantz by Rich M.jpg
Krantz in Chicago, 2012
Background information
BornCorvallis, Oregon, U.S.
GenresJazz rock
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1980s–present
Associated actsDavid Binney, Steely Dan, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, Carla Bley, Donald Fagen

Wayne Krantz is an American guitarist and composer. He has performed and recorded with Steely Dan, Michael Brecker, Donald Fagen, Billy Cobham, Chris Potter, David Binney and Carla Bley. Since the early 1990s has focused primarily on his solo career, mostly as the leader of a trio.


A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Krantz was inspired to play guitar when he was fourteen after hearing the Beatles.[1] Although he played in country and rock bands, he heard jazz through his father's album collection.[1] He was in a band that included Bill Frisell and went on tour with Carla Bley.[1] He released in debut solo album Signals in 1991.[1] He formed a trio with Lincoln Goines and Zach Danziger, then with Tim Lefebvre and Keith Carlock.[1] He has also worked with Billy Cobham, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, and Steely Dan.[1]

Krantz signed with record label Abstract Logix to release his first studio record in over fifteen years. Krantz Carlock Lefebvre (2009) was recorded in a trio with Lefebvre and Carlock. In 2012, Krantz released Howie 61 (a reference to Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited), which includes John Patitucci, Charley Drayton, Tal Wilkenfeld, Vinnie Colaiuta, Anton Fig, Jeremy Stacey, Paul Stacey, Pino Palladino, Gabriela Anders, Kenny Wollesen, Nate Wood, Henry Hey, and Owen Biddle.[2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Gabriela Anders

  • 2004 Last Tango in Rio
  • 2009 Bossa Beleza

With Fahir Atakoglu

  • 2008 Istanbul in Blue
  • 2010 Faces & Places

With Victor Bailey

With David Binney

  • 2002 Balance
  • 2010 Aliso
  • 2011 Graylen Epicenter
  • 2014 Anacapa

With Michael Formanek

  • 1990 Wide Open Spaces
  • 1992 Extended Animation

With Leni Stern

  • 1988 Secrets
  • 1990 Closer to the Light
  • 1992 Ten Songs
  • 1998 Recollection

With others


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. pp. 112–113. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Cleveland, Barry (July 2012). "Wayne Krantz". Guitar Player. pp. 48–54. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Wayne Krantz | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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