Clarinet, Woodwinds, Theory
Mike Waddell is a Wilmington, North Carolina native with degrees from the University of Michigan (M.M. ‘79, clarinet) and East Carolina University (B.M.E. ‘78). His teachers include David Shifrin, Robert Listokin, Fred Ormand, Buddy DeFranco (jazz), and Donald Sinta (saxophone). Since the late 70’s, he has performed on clarinet and saxophones in a number of styles, touring in the U.S. and abroad.
Waddell is the recipient of two Jazz Composer Fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council (‘94 & ‘99), as well as two Regional Project Artist Grants from the United Arts Council (‘98 & ‘04). His has released two jazz CD’s, “Defining Moments” (2001) and “Not From Concentrate” (‘95). Jazz Times reviewer Owen Cordle writes, “Defining Moments defines Mike Waddell as a complete artist, a triple threat as clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. “Mr. Cordle chose this as one of his top ten jazz picks of 2001 in the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer.
As a clarinetist, saxophonist (and vocalist) with the world famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans in the late ‘80s, Mr. Waddell performed nightly on Bourbon Street and to sold-out crowds in the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony.
Waddell has also performed to positive reviews on pianist Ed Paolantonio’s “Dad’s Blues” (‘98), guitarist Scott Sawyer’s “In The Stream” (‘93), and concertized with the Temptations, Four Tops, American Dance Festival, North Carolina Theatre, Fairbanks Symphony, Artic Chamber Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Ken and Harry Watters, as well as the late jazz guitarist, Charlie Byrd. He is also featured on solo clarinet in “Déjà Vu” (’97), an independent film by Henry Jaglom.