Baba Wain

A Musical Note in the Key of Beauty

with E.W. Wainwright

"Spotlights Bay Area jazz great."

Dan Taylor, The Press Democrat

"We fully support this film."


To be distributed nationally for

Black History Month 2021 by NETA

check local  public TV listings


Premiered in the SF Bay Area on

Northern California Public Media

for Black History Month 2020.

Through his "African Roots of Jazz" Performing Arts Academy, jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright stresses the values of discipline, hard work and self-respect for underserved kids in Oakland. Known affectionately as "Baba Wain," E.W. recounts his harrowing journey through the civil rights movement and successful career as a jazz musician.


Despite enduring appalling prejudices during the sixties he continues to work for multicultural understanding.  "Peace and love is what we are all about here," he states, "Peace and love."

BABA WAIN is what his students lovingly call jazz drummer and educator E.W. Wainwright.  Growing up through the civil rights movement and experiencing prejudice first hand, he has dedicated his life to building community and promoting peace and love. 

A break in shooting on location at Learning Without Limits School, Oakland, CA.  

E.W. Wainwright, right,

with producer Rick Bacigalupi.  

Photo by Lindsey Waldron

ALIC logo by Greg King

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