Full Name: Lewis Waites

Description: Drummer, vibraphonist, USA

Known For: Percussionist and jazz legend

Instruments: Drums

Music Styles: Jazz

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 10th July 1927
Location Born: Omaha, United States of America

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Luigi Waites

An American vibraphonist and jazz drummer.

He performed weekly gigs in the Omaha area both solo and with ensembles such as Luigi, Inc. He served the Omaha music community for over 60 years.

He toured Europe twice and performed with jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington.

Luigi, Inc has shared the stage with Jean-Luc Ponty, James Brown and Dizzy Gillespie.

Waites began playing drums at age twelve, and soon after began playing local nightclubs around Omaha. At the time the two local musicians unions were segregated.

While Waites served in the U.S. Army at Camp Lee, Virginia, he met jazz drummer Elvin Jones.

As a drummer, Luigi Waites was influenced by Buddy Rich, Joe Jones, Louie Bellson and Max Roach.

2005: Inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame

Waites died on April 6, 2010 at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska of natural causes. He was 82 years old.