KJAZZ Radio UK takes great pleasure in welcoming guitar and keyboardist wesbound aka Werner Nieke. If you like Ronny Jordan, Chuck Loeb, George Benson, Norman Brown, or Paul Jackson Jr. we think you will enjoy the music of wesbound.
wesbound was born in Krumbach, Bavaria, Germany in 1965. He teamed up with miscellaneous local cover bands at age 13 as guitarist and vocalist and continued to play that circuit until his High School days. He then became part of a Jazz-Rock oriented act, who went on to win a regional battle of the bands and recorded a vinyl SP record, sporting one tune written by wesbound (music and lyrics). The band received offers by major labels, but remained divided over which general musical course to take, whereupon wesbound saw no better alternative but to leave the band for good and pursue his ideas on his own.
In 1986 he moved to Munich and enrolled at Munich Guitar Institute, whose tutors had adopted the Berklee Music College agenda by and large. He also sat in with Munich-based bands and was occasionally booked as a studio vocalist singing background vocals.
1987 saw him teaming up with a Swiss band and touring the music entertainment circuit for about 1.5 years. He returned to Munich in 1989 and continued to work as a semi-professional musician.In the fall of 1990 wesbound started pursuing a college degree, which he obtained in 1998, graduating on Semantics as part of a German Linguistics M.A.This was followed by a career in Information Technology.
In 2008 wesbound made music a more prominent part of his life again. On occasion, he performs live with the André Marselous Group featuring vocalist André Marselous. Previous and more recent live appearances took place with the band Chessboard featuring musical director, vocalist, keyboardist Melvin Canady.
Comments and what others are saying about wesbound
“His roots are 80ies’ Pop and Funk […]. Solid skills can be identified through the soundscape […]. He learned his repertoire by doing cover versions of evergreens to make money. Whenever he writes original arrangements, they are clearly along the lines of Smooth Jazz.”
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