FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fittingly Wayne Baker Brooks’ milestone performance takes place in Sweet Home Chicago and most importantly in the venue where it all began. Buddy Guy’s Legends is the club that Wayne used to hone his distinctive style and chops at the Monday Night Blues Jams.
“I literally would be there every night when I wasn’t on the road, watching the masters like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison and my father play. I was taking notes, learning, soaking up as much as possible and also would get my chance to play and sing during Monday night Blues Jams. Buddy Guy’s Legends gave us young cats a place to perfect our crafts. A big Thank you also to George Base, who at that time was the jam host and guitar player for Junior Wells, for getting me up on the stage for the first time ever to play and sing at the same time. If it wasn’t for George I may have never had the chance back in those days.”
It was only natural that Buddy Guy’s club is the venue for the occasion since Brooks not only have known Buddy all his life declaring buddy as a good friend of his and his family but also affirms Buddy as one of his main influences outside his father. Buddy has graciously shared the stage with Wayne on numerous special occasions such as performing live on WRXT radio during broadcasted Chicago Blues Fest kick off parties, jamming together on ABC’s Windy City Live, receiving the Buddy Guy seal of approval and during prior performances at Buddy Guy’s Legends. Brooks was selected to serve as musical director and programmer for the City of Chicago’s official send off for Buddy Guy to receive his Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.