Mike Wade and The Ambassadors will be live at The The Thompson House Friday February 8, 2013 at 8:00pm!
Mike Wade, currently the Band Director at Withrow High School, began his journey with the trumpet during his preteen years. While a student at The Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington DC, he received a National Symphony Scholarship to study with Symphony Trumpeters. Following a year at Howard University, He completed his musical education with a Bachelors in Music Education at Central State University on full scholarship.
Professionally Mr Wade has been prolific in performing, recording, composing, producing and arranging to his credit. He has recorded three CD’s under his name; “Standard Time”, “The Broach Approach”, and “Reality”. A fourth CD is currently in Pre-Production, and will be available late 2009!
He has performed and/or recorded with an all-star list of musicians, including David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Wilson,
Othello Molineaux, Bobby Watson, Don Braden, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, Bill Lee, Craig Bailey, Billy Hart, Bootsy Collins, Earth Wind and Fire, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendegrass, Reggie Calloway, Antoine Roney, and the Go Go group Experience Unlimited (EU).
Wade has performed on the Black Entertainment Telivision (BET) “Jazz Discovery” series, and his various groups have performed at numerous festivals and concerts around the country.
His groups have opened for many touring jazz acts. Most notably, his sextet opened for the acclaimed San
Francisco Jazz Collective with Joshua Redmon, Nicholas Payton, and Bobby Hutcherson during their visit to the Tri-State in 2005. Observers and fans at the concert agreed that the Mike Wade Sextet was the best group on the stage that night! His small group, Standard Time, won the Cincinnati Music Award (Cammy) for best jazz group in 1997.
Mike Wade’s musical peers on the National jazz scene think very highly of his talents as well:
Steve Wilson has said of Mike, “Mike Wade has secured his place among the legacy of great trumpeters…people get ready!”
Mulgrew Miller has said of Mike, “Mike Wade is a very exciting and creative jazz trumpeter. He is also a very charismatic bandleader. He is dedicated and ambitious. It was a pleasure to play with him”.
Craig Bailey has said of Mike, “Mike Wade is one the most inspiring musicians of the new millennium. He has the fire and energy that it takes to be a great leader as well as a great artist. His hustle ability on and off the horn will take him to many new horizons. He is a name not to forget, as well as a trumpet player not to miss.”
In 1997, he was named one of the top ten unsigned brass players by Jazziz Magazine.