Renowned horn blower Waldman plays Sherpa’s |

Renowned horn blower Waldman plays Sherpa’s

Christine McManus
Special to the DailyTrumpet player Willie Waldman will play a fusion of funk, rock and African pop with Ratdog bassist Rob Wasserman, guitarist Woody Aplanalp and drummer Tony Austin Tuesday at Sherpa & Yeti's in Breckenridge.

When Willie Waldman blows into Sherpa and Yeti’s on Tuesday, jam band fans, African pop dance fans, jazz fans and Latin music fans will be wise to catch his show.Artists who can jump across genres typically either fit into the background or they highlight a compilation.Longtime trumpet player Waldman is the latter. For years he has broadened his abilities by punctuating music made by Snoop Dog, Jane’s Addiction musicians Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins, the late Tupac Shakur, the great jazz musicians on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., and others.This is the second time Waldman has brought one of his jam entourages to Summit County. This time, Ratdog bassist Rob Wasserman, guitarist Woody Aplanalp and drummer Tony Austin will join him on the stage.The ensemble plans to play a fusion of music that they – and the Breckenridge crowd – want to hear, focusing mostly on funk, rock, African pop, maybe a little jazz and a Greatful Dead tune or two.”I like little mountain towns. It gives us a chance to get close to nature,” Waldman said. “It’s fun to play for all the skiers and the kids who live up there. They’re fun and energetic.”Wasserman said he plans to ski while he’s here. He’s originally from California, where he now lives with his wife.Waldman received a music scholarship to Memphis State University. He’s been playing since he was 7 years old, when his high school band won state competitions.The first time he played on Beale Street, jazz legend Herman Green grabbed him and began to teach him on a regular basis.Waldman moved to California in 1992. There, he hooked up with Death Row Records and played trumpet bits for Snoop Dog and other rap artists, such as Salt-N-Pepa, Tupac Shakur, Dazz & Krupt, K-Ci and Jo-Jo, Exhibit and Nate Dogg.”They’d sing me a short tune of what they wanted and I’d get it down for them where they wanted. There wasn’t a whole lot of room, but it was good,” Waldman said. “Now I have a lot more freedom.”Jazz critic Jim Santella of L.A. Jazz Scene likened Waldman to jazz great Miles Davis.”Waldman’s trumpet recalls the contemporary spirit of Miles Davis, while bringing fresh ideas to his program,” Santella said in a January 2002 article. “The influence of rock music and Spanish classical music pervades an emotional session.”At other times on their current tour, Waldman and his fellow musicians will orchestrate a sound closer to the former band Banyan.The spiritual component is the most important part of a performance, Waldman said. His favorite parts of performances are the connections he makes in the audience, whether people are mellow and he’s playing in an Indian style or if the crowd just wants to keep dancing.Who: Willie Waldman, Rob Wasserman and bandWhen: Tuesday nightWhere: Sherpa & Yeti’s, BreckenridgeChristine McManus can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229 or

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