"This cat Armstrong is a one-man windstorm you can both hear and feel. His solos are absolutely incredible!" states a
Those close to him affectionately call him "The Invisible Man", but jazz musician, arranger and producer, Dwayne Armstrong
is all but invisible when onstage accompanied with his first love; the saxophone.
Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Dwayne Armstrong's love affair with the sax began at the tender age of 7 years old. As a
child, Armstrong loved to go fishing either by himself or with family and friends. He would often bring his saxophone along
and play the scales, work on technique or compose a melody that he could take back and present to his teacher;
Mr. Winchester Davis, while waiting to reel in a big catch. He also studied music with Mr. Roy Huddleston at
Coleman Jr. High, in
Several years later, Armstrong and his family moved to Chicago where he continued to study and play in various bands. Upon graduating from Vandercook College of Music, he ventured to New York City and took private lessons at the prestigious Julliard School of Music.
In NYC, Armstrong emerged with curiosity as well as confidence. He knew he had the chops to play anything, from bebop, avant-garde, or classics. Now, he wanted to play with the best in the art form. Among Armstrong's many credits are playing, touring and recording with Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Sam Rivers, Sonny Stitt, Von Freeman and Bob Marley the Mighty Sparrow. He has toured many major U.S. cities as well as abroad.
Currently, Dwayne has a publishing deal with Sony ATV and has produced music on some of the greatest legends that have ever lived, such as Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Tupac and many others.
Always one to give back to his community, Dwayne Armstrong can be seen spending time with youth, teaching them about the history of jazz as well as providing lessons. Armstrong states, “Our youth are constantly bombarded with many popular forms of music today. Those of us in the jazz community must do our part to engage them and stimulate interest in this music form or we are sure to lose it.”
Dwayne relaxes by playing both his saxophone and piano and makes a point to find the time to get out to his favorite fishing hole. He is unquestionably one of Chicago’s most sought after musicians, composers and producers.
Known throughout the city for his professionalism, zeal for excellence, commitment to teach and keep jazz alive and thriving, Dwayne Armstrong brings with his repertoire the richness and history of contemporary jazz into play.
Contact: Dwayne Armstrong
Ph: 773 540-3702