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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana, Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/30/1970
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Blues Musician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana, Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/30/1970
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Wayne Baker, who performs as Wayne Baker Brooks, was born in Chicago on April 30, 1970, to Jeannine Baker and Lee Baker, Jr.—better known as legendary blues singer and guitarist Lonnie Brooks. Although he came from a musical family—his older brother, Ronnie Brooks, began performing with their father’s band in 1986—Brooks waited until he graduated from Percy L. Julian High School in 1988 to learn guitar. Brooks was able to learn from the best, as Junior Wells taught him to play his “Messin’ with the Kid.”

In November 1988, Brooks became his brother’s road manager, and he soon embarked upon a performance career of his own when he joined his father’s band. Performing in more than 150 shows a year with Lonnie and Ronnie Brooks, Wayne Brooks honed his style. He has since worked with other top Blues musicians including Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Jonny Lang, and George Thorogood.

In 1998, Brooks co-authored Blues for Dummies, collaborating with his father, rocker Cub Koda, and Dan Aykroyd. The following year, he performed for Hillary Rodham Clinton at Chess Records in Chicago. In 2003, Brooks released his first album, Mystery, on his own label, Blues Island Records. That year, he also performed before a crowd of 52,000 at the 2003 Baseball Allstar Game in Chicago. In 2004, Brooks was a headliner at the Chicago Blues Festival.

Brooks lives and works in Calumet City, Illinois.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Walter Baker Brooks talks about his father's friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Baker Brooks recalls playing ball in Chicago's Washington Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes Corpus Christi School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Baker Brooks recalls musical interests from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Baker Brooks recalls playing music at Corpus Christi School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes Percy L. Julian High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Baker Brooks remembers deciding to play blues guitar
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes working with his dad, HistoryMaker Lonnie Brooks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his first live performance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes what he learned from Junior Wells
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Baker Brooks talks about performing songs' lyrics correctly
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Baker Brooks explains how he writes his music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Baker Brooks talks about the subject of his blues music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Baker Brooks recalls writing songs from his album 'Mystery'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his style as a guitarist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes blues musicians' influence on one another
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Baker Brooks talks about the future of blues music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes the relationship between hip hop and blues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Baker Brooks talks about blues as the root of American music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes a musician's life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Baker Brooks talks about his book 'Blues for Dummies'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes writing 'Blues for Dummies'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his taste in music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes his future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Baker Brooks reflects upon his life
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  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wayne Baker Brooks remembers playing at the MLB All Star Game
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Wayne Baker Brooks describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Wayne Baker Brooks narrates his photographs