Wayne Batchelor is one of NYC's most versatile and experienced bassists. Wayne began his career at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, on the post-graduate program, where he specialized in the double bass and electric bass. He spent eight successful years as part of London’s music scene, working with artists such as saxophonist, Courtney Pine with whom he performed at the Eilat Jazz Festival and Blue Note Jazz Clubs across Japan amongst the many venues the saxophonist played around the world. Touring with acid jazz guitarist, Ronny Jordan, he opened for James Brown, Barry White and worked with rapper Guru among numerous others. Wayne also played in Jason Rebello's band and on his BMG recording Make it Real. He played regularly with the Reggae Philharmonic, worked with producer Steve Levine. Wayne collaborated with Portuguese jazz pianist, Bernardo Sassetti and drummer Ralph Salmins. Wayne also played and recorded London with famed American drummer Clifford Jarvis and played gigs and tours with Art Farmer, Eddie Harris and Les McCann.
Wayne relocated to New York City to study at The New School under the tutelage of Buster Williams and later on, Ron Carter. Wayne soon became established on the international circuit, and has toured or gigged with Bobby Watson, Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, James Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Todd Williams to name a few. Wayne’s diverse talents have led him to tour and record with various New York based reggae and ska bands, From Jamaican descent, Wayne is proud to have played and recorded with acclaimed Jamaican musicians such as drummer, Sly Dunbar, saxophonist, Dean Fraser and Bob Marley's horn section, trombone: Vin Gordon, saxophonist: Glen DaCosta and trumpet: Dave Madden.
In 2016 Wayne played the month-long Summit Tour with The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. Wayne’s fifteen-year collaboration with vocalist Nnenna Freelon has taken him to numerous international festivals, performances at the Kennedy Center and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and he played on three of her six Grammy-nominated albums as well as opening for Al Jarreau, George Benson and Barry Manilow.
Wayne plays regularly at the jazz services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, UWS, Manhattan, and has also played at Jazz Vespers at St Peter’s Church, in NYC. Wayne’s eclectic abilities are flourishing thanks to collaborations with folk-rock artists Dana Edelman, Cordelia Stephens and legendary folk artist Christine Lavin with whom he has also recorded. Since 2014 Wayne has been playing orchestral music with The Riverside Orchestra, Centre Symphony Orchestra and New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. In 2013 he played in the Off-Broadway Production “Deadly She-Wolf Assassin” by Fred Ho at LaMaMa Theater. He also plays regularly in a rehearsal Big Band at Lincoln Center lead by The Director of Music for LaGuardia School of the Arts, Kevin Blancq.
As a result of his passion for teaching bass, Wayne was invited to be on the jury for the Collegiate Jazz Festival at The University of Notre Dame. He taught bass for three years at Nyack College, Manhattan and has taught numerous workshops in schools and universities, and teaches private lessons. He was the Artist in Residence at the Edna Manley School of Art and Music in Kingston, Jamaica in 2015, the hear he completed his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University.
Wayne is featured in the Random House book; “The New Face of Jazz,” by Cicily Janus. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.
Mi Tumba: The CombiNations
Nnenna Freelon: Soul Call, Live, Blueprint Of A Lady, Sketches of Billie Holiday,
Better Than Anything: The Quintessential Nnenna Freelon, Homefree
Jean Toussaint: What Goes Around; Life I Want
Kenny Garrett: Bone Bop
Courtney Pine: To the Eyes of Creation
The Young Disciples: Road to Freedom
Queen Bey: So This is London
The Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra: Love and Hate
Claire Foster: Sings Wayne Shorter
Julian Joseph: Reality
Jason Rebello: Make it Real
Matt Cooper: Outside
Andy Hamilton: Jamaica by Night
Batchelor/Buckley Band: The Whole and the Half
Michael Buckley: Pendulum
Ed Jones: The Pipers Tale
Tina May: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Dana Bryant: Wishing from the Top
Dean Fraser: Big Up
Linda Sharrock: Like A River
The ObliqSound Sampler: ObliqSound
Dario Boente: Ave Phoenix
Dario Boente & Huge in Japan.
Cynthia Scott: A LA CARTE" Live at Birdand
A Tribe Called Quest: The Anthology
Christine Lavin: FolkZinger
Chieli Minnuci & Special EFX: Sweet Surrender
Lou Watson: Taking a Chance on Love
Abe Silverman Big Band: Dream Theme
James Altamore: License to Swing
Joe Elefante: Here I Am
Boice-Terrel Allen: How To Be An Adult
Jesse Kilguss: Nocturnal Drifter
Mansur Scott: Sometimes Forgotten Sometimes Remembered
Robert Mosci: Boardwalk & Brownstone
New York Ska Jazz Ensemble: Live in Paris
New York Ska Jazz Ensemble: Double Edge
Alberto Tarin: Vital
Anthony Mulcahy: For my sins
Robert Mosci: HD World
Violets for your Furs: Tony Hewitt
Cordelia Stephens: Wide Awake Dream
Okäru Love: Beautiful Journey