Waymon Tatum Jr.
Born and currently residing in Milwaukee, WI, Waymon Tatum Jr. is a traditionally self-taught drummer. With covering most genres of music, Tatum credits his openness to all music and “melting pot” playing to accompany each style, his way of maximizing true musicality. From blues, rock, r&b, alternative and everything in between, Waymon tends to stay busy around Wisconsin and abroad playing weekly and weekend shows, studio sessions and other projects.
He is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College with an AAS in Music Occupations, where he studied under instructor and master drummer, Ben Hans. Waymon can been seen playing all over at some of Milwaukee’s biggest events such as this past summer at Summerfest, Jazz in the Park, State Fair and etc. Waymon holds the drums down live for Marcel Guyton’s Matrix, Christopher’s Project, Keepin It Clean Band, Ayinde Garry & the G-spot Trio, MATC’s Honor Trio and other Milwaukee area acts. Besides weekly gigs, he also does studio sessions, completing a project recently released by Max Devereaux called “How To Show Love”, available on Sound Cloud and Itunes. Tatum is currently working to complete his first solo project and a jazz instrumental album with fellow musician Ayinde Garry. In addition, he is a private drum instructor for a variety of students. He has also been privileged to perform with artist Naima Adedapo, a former finalist on American Idol and featured in the “New Blood” section of DRUM magazine (Sept. 2011)
Message to CANOPUS
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