Darryl “D Wake" Wakefield ….began playing Sax in his 7th grade band class. Realizing his "Gift" for the playing Sax, Darryl Continued through high school playing with The Pontiac Central High Symphonic, Marching and Jazz Bands. By the end of his senior year, Darryl was performing regularly with numerous groups in his home town of Pontiac Michigan. Darryl got a Break shortly after finishing high school by being asked to join the very popular recording group "Orange Lake Drive". He could be found performing regularly at local favorite night spots such as the Famous "Baker's Keyboard Lounge" in Detroit and the now gone popular "Alexander's" and "Murdocks.”
There have been many, many outdoor "Festival" appearances as well. Darryl recorded on 2 projects with “Orange Lake Drive”, "Fast Eddie" and “Fresh Squeezed" before leaving the band. Darryl then Joined forces with David ("D LEE") Lee and the band "The Edge". D Lee, (Also Keyboardist for Grammy award winning recording artist Earl Klugh) along with Bassist Ray Burton (Spinners, Cheryl Lynn) Drummer Ron Otis, (Earl Klugh, Bob James, and now KEM) Guitarist Mark McCoy helped create the launching pad that catapulted Darryl into the ranks of the "A-list" Artists/Sidemen.
Darryl performed on THE EDGE's next C.D. "Fabulous" and also launched out with other artists based out of Metro Detroit like Greg Dokes of the Dennis Edwards' Temptations Review, and Keith Ferguson (Spinners). Darryl's recent accomplishments have been his work on the latest recording for Ron Otis entitled "UPFRONT" where Darryl is Featured along with Acclaimed Smooth Jazz guitarist, Tim Bowman, and Brian O’Neal's CD titled "Daisy". His highlights also include tour performances with Motown/Universal Recording Artist "KEM", Earl Klugh, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Kindred the Family Soul, and Me'lissa Morgan. Darryl also enjoyed Playing the "Midnight Jam Session” with Mike Phillips during the Capital Jazz Super Cruise III in 2009.
On the Spiritual Side, Darryl is a member of Straight Gate International Church's Music Ministry (Bishop Andrew Merritt / Noel Hall) and has worked on projects for Straight Gate, Fred Hammond, Deborah Killings & Marc Ivory. Darryl was Featured Guest Artist/Saxophone recently at Renaissance Unity Church in Warren Mich.
Keep watching! As Darryl prepares to record his debut cd, he will provide updates to this page continuing to let you know what's next for this smooth sax man.