Streetlife (House-band of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks)
Artist's BiographyStreetlife's leader and featured artist, Warren Wiegratz has received the prestigious Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year an unprecedented eleven times. He is a highly sought-after saxophone and Jazz clinician, who performs and instructs in high schools and colleges throughout the Midwest. He has been featured in articles in the Saxophone Journal, The Leblanc Bell, and the Roland Users Group magazines. Warren's solo version of The Star Spangled Banner has received national critical acclaim and has led him to perform it at sporting events across the country.
Warren recorded five highly successful albums with the internationally acclaimed Jazz/Fusion group Sweetbottom, two of which were released on the Elektra/Asylum label, Angels of the Deep and Turn Me Loose. Sweetbottom latest CD "The Reunion" released in 2003, is receiving rave reviews in music publications nationwide. He later formed the popular contemporary Jazz group Oceans that recorded two nationally-released albums, Second Chance (Pro-Jazz) and Ridin' the Tide (Pro-Jazz) and performed on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, ESPN's Special Report, CBS Sports, and at major Jazz festivals across the United States.
Besides his performing and recording credits, Warren has scored two motion pictures, Dreamweaver and Lady Mary. His composition Felicia is featured on the soundtrack to the major motion picture I Love You to Death, a Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures release. Warren has written music extensively for commercials and audio/visual projects that have been honored with several first-place awards, National Ad Club Addys among them. He composed, arranged, and performed two works, A Gift So Rare and Ponteo, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, receiving rave reviews from the Milwaukee Journal newspaper. He was commissioned to write and perform an original work for saxophone and orchestra with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Three Scenes for Contemporary Jazz Saxophone and Orchestra, which was very well received on its premiere. His recent recording works include writing, arranging and performing on the smooth jazz hit CD "Jide". currently being heard on Art Good's JazzTrax national radio program.
Warren has performed and recorded with countless renowned national and international artists, including Phil Collins, George Duke, Al Dimeola, Lenny White, Daryl Stuermer, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes, Steve Smith, Jaco Pastorius, Wayman Tisdale, Andy Kim, Lyle Mays, William Elwood, Spencer Brewer, Chris Spheeris, Michael Jones, Bobby Caldwell and Sigmund Snopek. In addition to playing with Streetlife, Warren is resident composer/arranger for Milwaukee's newest state-of-the-art recording facility, BeatHouse Music. He is the Lead Tenor Saxophonist and musical arranger for The All-Star-Super Band, a rehearsal Big Band Jazz Ensemble featuring many of Southeastern Wisconsin's finest musicians. He is also a member of Hal Leonard Music Publishing's "A-Team" of studio musicians, recording music for hundreds of music song and lesson books.
Warren endorses Yanagisawa saxophones and Leblanc woodwind instruments.