During his career he has been named one of the top ten unsigned jazz, brass players as rated

by Jazziz Magazine (1997). His composition, “Blues for Shorty Bop”, was chosen for inclusion on

Jazziz on Disc collection. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as David “Fathead”

Newman, Clark Terry, Javon Jackson, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie, Don

Braden, Steve Wilson, Othello Molineaux, Vincent Herring, Jon Hendricks & Annie Ross, Winard &

Phillip Harper, Antoine Roney, Herb Jeffries, Craig Bailey, Billy Hart, Marc Cary, Bill Lee, Ricky

Wellman, Bootsy Collins, Reggie Calloway, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays, Maurice, Freddie, and

Verdine White (Earth, Wind and Fire), Tom Tom 84, and Experience Unlimited (E.U.). He has

performed on Black Entertainment Television (BET) Jazz Discovery show, and WOSU Jazz Voices

television series. With either his quartet or quintet he has performed at the Cincinnati Entertainment

Awards show (2000), Cincinnati Cammy Awards show (1997), the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, the

Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Frog Island Festival. Mike’s quintet, Standard Time, was the 1997

winner of the Cincinnati Cammy award for Best Small Jazz Group. With the Mike Wade Reality

Band he has opened (2003) for the smooth jazz group BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman

Brown). With the Famous American Trumpet Section (F.A.T.S.) he performed at the International

Trumpet Guild Conference in Denver, CO (2004). With the Mike Wade Sextet he has opened

(2005) for the renowned San Francisco Jazz Collective.


     Mike has contributed his talent to the recordings of William Menefield-Big Will Leaps In (J

Curve Records), Art Gore Quintet-Artwork, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble-A Journey’s Quest, Dixie Karas-

Never Too Late, Cincinnati Jazz Collection Vol. 1,Vol. 2,and Vol. 3 Roots & Blues (J-Curve Records), and

WVXU Christmas CD-X Star Jazz Christmas. His CD with Standard Time, Be Truthful, a disc of

original straight ahead jazz compositions, showcases how fiercely he blows his horn and the soul,

precision, and excitement of the quintet’s tight performances. His CD Reality is a blend of funky hip-

hop, smooth jazz, R&B, and go go, taken from Mike’s D.C. roots. His latest release, The Broach

Approach, features new arrangements of straight-ahead standards and original compositions.


     Steve Wilson has said of Mike, “Mike Wade has secured his place among the legacy of great

trumpeters…people get ready!” Mulgrew Miller has said of Mike, “Mike Wade is a very exciting and

creative jazz trumpeter. He is also a very charismatic bandleader. He is dedicated and ambitious. It was a

pleasure to play with him”. Craig Bailey has said of Mike, “Mike Wade is one the most inspiring

musicians of the new millennium. He has the fire and energy that it takes to be a great leader as well as a

great artist. His hustle ability on and off the horn will take him to many new horizons. He is a name not

to forget, as well as a trumpet player not to miss.”


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