Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra|
Anderson grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, and played jazz early on at the urging of his father, who was a drummer. He played in local clubs from his early teenage years, and studied at the Jazzmobile workshops with Frank Wess, Charles Davis, and Frank Foster. He also met Branford Marsalis, who convinced him to study with Alvin Batiste at Southern University in Louisiana.
Soon after this, Anderson began touring with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and collaborated with Marsalis through the middle of the 1990s. He continued to play with Marsalis's Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra beyond this. In 1994, he released his debut album on Atlantic Records; Eric Reed and Ben Wolfe were among those who played as sidemen. His 1998 album Live at the Village Vanguard featured Irvin Mayfield, Steve Kirby, Xavier Davis, and Jaz Sawyer.
Wess is married to the former Desimonae Moore of Baton Rouge. They have a son, Wessell Anderson IV, known as Quad. Quad, a University of New Orleans student, has a music career of his own as a jazz trombonist. The Andersons own a restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan called Gumbo & Jazz.
- Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing (Atlantic, 1994)
- Ways of Warmdaddy (Atlantic, 1996)
- Live at the Village Vanguard (Leaning House, 1998)
- Warm It Up, Warmdaddy! (Nu Jazz, 2009)
With Wynton Marsalis
- Big Train (Columbia/Sony Classical, 1999)
- "Wessell Anderson Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2017.