Bandleader. Session Musician. Composer. Sideman. Producer. Performer.
No matter which musical role he takes on, DC-based guitarist and vocalist Jack Waugh always carries this personal mission statement with him. From performing at venues and events such as the 9:30 Club, the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, DROM, Le chat Noir, Pianos, and Rockwood Music Hall, to touring the East Coast (with the Bianca Muniz Band), Waugh continues to advance his rising career while achieving his musical goals.
Light uptempo jazz tune, full of smooth club vibes and flashy solos. Really clean and beautifully presented, we're treated to a fast moving showcase of energetic walking bass, delicately intricate piano accompaniment and fluid guitar playing, all being backed by incredibly sharp jazz drumming. Every instrument gets its turn to shine and all too soon, we've come full circle as it closes out, having experienced a slice of perfect ear candy for all those jazzcats out there.
Slightly edgy jazz track, with a strong sense of intrigue and mystery. If you think along the lines of classic TV crime and drama series from the 60s and 70s, you won't be far off, but with a slightly more modern edge as it progresses, mostly due to the more contemporary solo sections. Lots of syncopation, off beat accents, walking bass, complex chord structures - it's all there, and all performed with a razor sharp precision and confidence, and unnerving fluidity.
Fun pop song with a smooth, danceable feel. Striking up a club vibe, featuring multiple EDM genres, it's got an upbeat tempo and changeable attitude - meaning plenty of breaks and style shifts, but remaining consistently lively and catchy. Soft male vocals sing of partying and getting drunk, a strong bassline adds rhythmic funk along with the guitar, and synths take care of the rest. A nice shot of good time moods without any intense pressure.
Feel the burn and hear the roar for this epic power rock anthem, with all the energy and distortion you'd expect from your favourite local hard rock group. Pumped up guitar chugs and solos, crashing drums and driving bass support the male vocals, interjecting from time to time with a little bit of frill to build up into the main hooks. It's solid, no nonsense and rocking. What more do you want?
Uptempo alt rock song with an 80's synth bassline to throw you off the scent. Its true identity soon becomes apparent though with distorted guitars, moody vocals and grungey choruses, energetically creating a rebellious, pleading and confrontational exterior around a sensitive and more nuanced core of softer harmonies and clean guitar. Kind of a throwback, it's raw rock, but with a few surprises and intelligent subtleties.
The smokiest, silkiest, most chilled night time jazz you're likely to hear - it's the perfect substance to unwind with. Barely walking pace, the beautifully mellow sax transports you through the clouds, the piano bathes you in gentle moonlight reflections and the drums quietly sweep around your feet like a cool breeze. And then the warm guitar just melts into the joint - it's all just so tranquil, with a little bit of romance glittered over the top. Nice.