Henry P. Warner
Henry P. Warner has been a member of the society of musical excellence for over 40 years. Born and raised in NY, he has played and recorded with both the alto saxophone and various clarinets. Henry began his career as a trombone player and singer with his high school dance band. He progressed to a local Latin band and began studying at several music schools. Later, Henry began playing in the New York loft jazz scene. During the 70's, he formed his first group, The Bakery, and played in clubs and theatres such as Slugs, Ali's Alley, Sweet Basil, and the Henry Street Playhouse. From there, the list goes on to include colleges, touring with theatrical groups, playing in summer concerts, appearing at cultural events, television and radio appearances, and at prestigious NY openings – such as the re-opening of Grand Central Station and playing at the Duke Ellington Centennial at Lincoln Center. Henry represented M.U.N.Y. at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
Henry P. Warner was reviewed by Cadence Magazine in 1985 as a player with "emotional, highly-charged solos, alternately melodic and conversational." In 2003, Cadence called Henry a "solid improviser who molds his scorching sound in multiple contexts, a real heart starter." Downbeat Magazine said Henry played "emotional, beautifully constructed solos."
Henry P. Warner has played or recorded with Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, William Parker, Jameel Moondoc, Sun Ra, Zane Massey, Roy Campbell, Earl Freeman, Abishai Ben Reuben, Wayne Horwitz, Art Jenkins, Rashid Bakr, Sonny Murray, Charles Tyler, Wilbur Ware, Clarence "C" Sharp, Denis Charles, Evelyn Blakey, Ellen Christie, Lisa Sokolov, Kali Fasteu, Andrew Lamb, Blaise Siwalu, Sadiq Abdushahid, Louis Barnes, Gene Cooper, Snoop Dogg, John Jones, Ibrahim Gonzalez, Sam Gresham, Reggie Workman, Warren Smith, and many more.
Recent performance travels have taken Henry to the Memphis Art and Jazz Festival and to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At home, Henry has recently performed for Harlem Month kick-off and in the 8th Annual Vision Festival, featuring the return of bassist, Henry Grimes. Henry P. Warner has also played in the Texaco and Bell-Atlantic Jazz Festivals and the Yonkers River fest for 2 years. Henry played for the Mayor Davis "Art on Third" annual festival. He has also traveled to France with The Family, a NY theatre group. Henry played at the Bronx Botanical Garden with Dave Valentin, and for the Presbyterian Jazz Series.
Henry currently performs for Music Under New York Arts in Transit and teaches in several schools, including the last ten years at MindBuilders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx. During the past two summers, Henry taught at the Association of Community-based Artists of Westchester. He is a composer, musical director, historical lecturer and consultant, as well as an extraordinary performer dedicated to keeping music accessible to everyone.
- "Fantasy for Orchestra" an Earl Freeman recording.
- "Free Style Band" an Earl Freeman, Adeyeme, and Henry P. Warner recording.
- "New York Collage" a Billy Bang recording
- "Outline #12" a Billy Bang recording
- "Mystery of Peace" a William Parker recording
- "Blu-Nile Band 1 and 2" a Henry P. Warner recording
- "Picture Timunah, Blu-Nile 3" a Henry P. Warner recording
- "Outside Agitators" a Blaise Siwalu recording
- "The Radius of the Mind" a Chad Anderson, Chris Parker, and Henry P. Warner recording