Alvin Waddles | Pianist | Too Hot To Handel

Pianist, singer, composer, director, Alvin Waddles began studying the piano at the age of eight in his hometown of Detroit, MI. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy and completing his formal education at the University Of Michigan School Of Music he returned to the Detroit area where he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefiting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style.

Mr. Waddles has worked in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as the Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist in Southfield, MI. where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995. He has been musical director and/or pianist for numerous theatrical productions including: The Wiz, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies and received rave reviews as a featured performer in the Detroit Music Hall’s long running production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. During the 2010-2011 season his diverse gifts were on full display when, within a two week period, he sang the role of Crown for Bolling Green University’s production of Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ and played the composers ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

Mr. Waddles has delighted Detroit music lovers with performances in a variety of musical events including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He is the featured piano soloist in annual productions of “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago and can frequently be heard performing his own Fats Waller Revue. He has performed across the country as musical director/pianist for Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors) and during the 2011-2012 season he is scheduled to perform in Ghana, West Africa, Barbados and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica.