Wayne Hammond came to Key West in 1993 from New York City, along with Larry Baeder, and his band to perform for two weeks at the Hogs Breath Saloon. He arrived in Key West at 9:30 PM and was on stage performing at Hogs Breath at 10:00 PM, and been here ever since.
Prior to his arrival in Key West, Wayne lived in NYC for 10 years, playing bass guitar for every kind of music imaginable. He had just released an album in NY with a different band, and played and toured with Mick Taylor, formerly of the Rolling Stones, for 3 years.
To his surprise when he arrived in Key West, there was a shortage of bass players in Key West which presented him with a great opportunity, and continued to play steadily at Hogs Breath for 4 years. Besides playing at Hogs Breath, he recorded a lot at Dan Simpson’s studio, and played with most all of the musicians in town. He played jazz with jazz guitarist Mike Gillis in 1995 and 1996, and started playing with Pete Jarvis in 1996 which became the famous duo known as Pete and Wayne performing at Sloppy Joe’s.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Wayne confesses that he “got to steal from the best” because he grew up around a lot of great players. Self taught, Wayne has been playing bass in a band since he was 12 years old. Wayne Hammond is an awesome bass player but doesn’t take it for granted. “No matter how good you think you are you should still practice everyday.” He is heavily influenced by New Orleans music and funk music, “I gravitated more to R&B and really like to focus on focus on playing funk whenever I can”. He has written songs for the popular duo Pete and Wayne. “This is the first summer in Key West in 16 years I’m not touring with Pete and Wayne, so I’m available LOL!”
Wayne Hammond will be playing every Saturday in June, July, and August with Andy Wescott and Randy Morrow at Sloppy Joe’s, and every Thursday and Friday with Pete Jarvis as “Pete and Wayne”, also at Sloppy Joe’s.
“People always say quit your job and come to Key West, but you have to get two jobs when you live here, so people leave, but 90% of people who leave, miss it and come back…not to mention it it’s mango season! In 5 years hopefully I’ll still be living here and playing as much music as possible music that people know but nobody else plays.”