BY KEITH SPERA | PHOTO BY ZACK SMITH
Walter “Wolfman” Washington closed out 2013 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, far from the New Orleans music clubs that are his natural habitat. But, he happily reports, his Roadmasters had no trouble translating his distinctly Big Easy hybrid of funk, soul, and rhythm & blues for the Italians.
“I was so proud of my boys,” Washington said this week. “I never do the same show the same way. They are apt to that. They know I might fly off. All they got to do is hold on to my hand, and we’re going. They do that very well.”