After Party in the Empress Lounge featuring The Wayne De La Cruz Jazz Organ Trio
Saturday, March 17 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm| $7
After Party in the Empress Lounge from 8:30PM to 10:30PM
$7 Online | $10 Box Office & Phone | FREE for patrons of earlier VJS performance
Wayne De La Cruz‘s desires to make music started at an early age playing drums, vibes and eventually lead to organ and piano. At the age of 9, his parents got his a drum-set and lessons. In junior high school, began taking lessons and playing vibraphone in the school jazz band, his first introduction to playing jazz. While in high school at the age of 14, his father suggested he start playing keyboard and bought him a Baldwin spinet organ that came with 6 free lessons. He soon realized that he preferred organ over an acoustic piano, remembering the organ he heard when his father took him to see Ray Charles in 1968. His first gigging organ was a Hammond Porta B, followed 2 years later by “the real deal,” a 1961 Hammond B-3, the same organ he gigs with today. In 1973, at 16 years old he began gigging for money, which included playing lot of bars, private parties, and events, and he has been a working keyboardist ever since.