Episode 33 with Wayne Krantz (Solo artist, Steely Dan, Billy Cobham,) 

My guest today is Mr. Wayne Krantz. Wayne is one of my favorite guitarists and musicians and I was so glad to finally be able to have him on the show. I frequent the 55 Bar in NYC where he can be found on most Thursday nights playing with an ever revolving cast of NYC's finest musicians as part of his trio, which is always a treat for the ears.

A guitarist and musician with a highly original approach to the instrument, Wayne loves to take musical chances, trusts his ideas and leads the path of a true improvisor. Shortly after moving to NY in 1987, Wayne made a huge decision which would impact his music and style forever- to completely abandon all pre-conceived licks and cliches and reinvent himself, forcing himself to come up with his own original voice.

In this interview Wayne talks at length  about the early days in NYC, working with Leni Stern, Steely Dan and eventually his own project. He also discusses his approach to improvising, how "centering" the groove helped him with his own music, and more. We also jam on a few riffs together.

Wayne has many records out - from his debut "Signals" to the classic "Two Drink Minimum", captured live at the 55 bar, to "Good Piranha, Bad Piranha", they all are different and fresh. He has also completed a revision to his instructional book called "The Improvisors OS" that describes his approach to improvising. Click Here to purchase the book. For more info on Wayne's music visit Click here.

Wayne's website- http://www.waynekrantz.com/

This interview was recorded at my apartment, Manhattan NY in June 2019

 

10 comments

  • David Kuykendall

    David Kuykendall Seneca Falls, NY

    Beautiful info, inspiring as always ! Thanks Shane, keep em coming!

    Beautiful info, inspiring as always ! Thanks Shane, keep em coming!

  • Tim

    Tim Syracuse

    Shane, thanks for getting Wayne in - I remember the first time we saw him - your jaw was on the floor! Great memories, and glad you guys have finally connected. Think collaboration CD.... :)

    Shane, thanks for getting Wayne in - I remember the first time we saw him - your jaw was on the floor! Great memories, and glad you guys have finally connected. Think collaboration CD.... smile

  • Mike Jacobs

    Mike Jacobs Philly

    Great interview as always Shane. Funny, I just interviewed Wayne a couple weeks ago for Abstract Logix and had a great session with him as well. Wayne's plenty deep to "go around"....

    Great interview as always Shane. Funny, I just interviewed Wayne a couple weeks ago for Abstract Logix and had a great session with him as well. Wayne's plenty deep to "go around"....

  • Fred

    Fred Honolulu

    Great interview. Really helped me gain insight into Krantz. Thanks.

    Great interview. Really helped me gain insight into Krantz. Thanks.

  • Cyrus

    Cyrus Roanoke, VA

    This is really really well done. All great questions. And great concepts discovered. Nice work! And a blues to start the playing, so great.

    This is really really well done. All great questions. And great concepts discovered. Nice work! And a blues to start the playing, so great.

  • Jim

    Jim Petaluma, CA

    Big Krantz fan. Great interview. Thanks.

    Big Krantz fan. Great interview. Thanks.

  • Jimmy Montesano

    Jimmy Montesano

    I'm new to the podcast. Great show! Going to see Wayne and Oz in Aug at the Iridium early show. Looking forward. It's kind of wild just yesterday I watched Daryls house with Kenny Loggins and saw you playing guitar for the first time. Then listened to this and put 2 and 2 together when you mentioned your podcast with Daryl. I'll listen to that soon, next is the podcast with Oz. Press on!

    I'm new to the podcast. Great show! Going to see Wayne and Oz in Aug at the Iridium early show. Looking forward. It's kind of wild just yesterday I watched Daryls house with Kenny Loggins and saw you playing guitar for the first time. Then listened to this and put 2 and 2 together when you mentioned your podcast with Daryl. I'll listen to that soon, next is the podcast with Oz. Press on!

  • Chris

    Chris NYC

    Wayne’s so amazing...great guy too; I’ve lived in NYC for many years, but only recently began seeing him regularly; first time I saw him, on the break I said, “Dude, I’ve been playing guitar for 50 years, and I don’t know what the fuck you’re doing.” And he sez, “wow, you must be pretty good...”. Lol! Thanks for an inspiring interview.....

    Wayne’s so amazing...great guy too; I’ve lived in NYC for many years, but only recently began seeing him regularly; first time I saw him, on the break I said, “Dude, I’ve been playing guitar for 50 years, and I don’t know what the fuck you’re doing.” And he sez, “wow, you must be pretty good...”. Lol! Thanks for an inspiring interview.....

  • MCH

    MCH Bay area

    I first had a lesson with Wayne in 2001 and it revolutionized my approach to practice. Big take-away from this is how ego-less and "spiritual" his concept is. His decision to make personal connection and relationship of utmost importance and how things sound or look a far second priority. Humbling. Also love that "post-bop" and "long 16th note lines" are derogatory phrases in Waynes vocab. Hilarious...he's a real button pusher, in the best way!!! Thanks Shane...you guys sound incredible together and you went places in the interview that are deeply helpful...

    I first had a lesson with Wayne in 2001 and it revolutionized my approach to practice. Big take-away from this is how ego-less and "spiritual" his concept is. His decision to make personal connection and relationship of utmost importance and how things sound or look a far second priority. Humbling. Also love that "post-bop" and "long 16th note lines" are derogatory phrases in Waynes vocab. Hilarious...he's a real button pusher, in the best way!!! Thanks Shane...you guys sound incredible together and you went places in the interview that are deeply helpful...

  • Shane Theriot

    Shane Theriot

    thanks!

    thanks!

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