Tonawanda News — On days that he’s working, Joseph Wooten plays songs like “The Joker” and “Fly Like an Eagle” for thousands of people in packed stadiums. But on his days off, Wooten, the keyboardist and vocalist for the Steve Miller Band, spends his time in a much different place — classrooms.
Wooten, who serves as a motivational speaker during his time off from touring, made a visit to Tonawanda High’s band room Friday to talk to the students about success and character development... Read More
The 68 year old rocker had the sold out crowd at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater rocking the night away as Miller took them on a magical ride down memory lane.
The concert was like taking a ride on a Jet Airplane to Swingtown, with a Space Cowboy and The Joker on board. Then all of a sudden – Abracadabra – and everyone was Dance DanceDance dancing the night away – ok, I think the medical stuff was working its magic on me at that point, but that’s what it felt like!
A highlight of the event will be a performance linking Joseph Wooten, a Denbigh High grad and longtime keyboardist for Steve Miller Band, with Old Dominion University jazz professor and piano wiz John Toomey and classical guitarist Sam Dorsey.
So I got a guy who knows a guy. A friend of mine said, “You’ve got to meet Joseph Wooten. He brings me so much joy!” He went on to say that “Joseph breaks the mold, and he’s living proof that our nation is on its course to righteousness and equality.”
Whether I’m playing keyboards with the Steve Miller Band, stretching out with the Victor Wooten Band, or laying down my own brand of funk, soul, and rock with my band the Hands of Soul, my playing is all about rhythm. From funky leads to gospel voicings, the common denominator has always been groove. Here are some ideas from my playing that will add fire to your funk.