Saxophonist Gene Walker

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Gene Walker is a world class jazz saxophonist, composer, band leader, recording studio musician, and educator. His art is rooted in the deepest traditions of jazz. He performs with clarity, sincerity and originality. With a zeal for perpetuating the art form through education, Mr. Walker conducts classes and seminars on the history and contemporary developments in jazz.

Musician and Performer
Gene Walker has toured since 1958 with some of the world's greatest entertainers including The Beatles, King Curtis, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cook, Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Jimmy McGriff, The Drifters, Chris Columbo and The Platters.

In addition, he lists a number of distinguished appearances including Carnegie Hall, NY; Town Hall, NY; Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs, WV; Saratoga Jazz Festival; and Symphony Hall, Newark NJ. In 1998 Mr. Walker appeared with noted actor Paul Winfield in Chicago at Prairie State College in affiliation with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Walker has also played at the following European venues: Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London,U.K.; Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy; and Euro-Disneyland, Paris. In 1997 Gene performed with the Hank Marr Quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival at the Hague, Holland. Their performance was rewarded with numerous standing ovations.

He has played with many notable musicians and entertainers:

Buster Brown, Brook Benton, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Benny Green, Irene Reid, Wild Bill Davis, Bobby Shu, Hank Mar,r Jimmy Scott, Faye Adams, Roy Hamilton, Little Anthony, Brenda Lee, Shep and the Limelights, The Chantels, Charles Earland, King Coleman, Lloyd Price, Jimmy Reed, Isley Brothers, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Melba Moore, Billy Daniels, Jon Thomas, Gil Askey, Dayton Selby, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Jones, Jack McDuff

Mr. Walker performs with his own bands Gene Walker's Generations Band and Gene Walker's Cotton Club Orchestra. He also enjoys an impressive solo career.

Educator
After a distinguished performing career, Mr. Walker returned home to Columbus, Ohio, for the purpose of becoming an educator. He received a Bachelor of Music Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1988. The following year he accepted a teaching position at OSU instructing jazz saxophone and combo classes. He participates at OSU Jazz Ensemble camp each summer teaching jazz history and saxophone. It is Mr. Walker's great pleasure to bring the jazz tradition into schools through the American Jazz Experience Program, and the Jazz Professors Performing Septet. He has served in arts residencies with the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Mr. Walker has instructed jazz saxophone and combo in the prestigious Jamey Aebersold Jazz camps in 1998 and 1999.

Awards and Distinctions
International Association of Jazz Educators every year since 1993
Jazz Fest Cuyahoga College, Cleveland ,Ohio
Columbus Musicians Hall of Fame, 1998

Discography
"Rediscovering Old Favorites", Chris Columbo Quintet: Strand Records

"Love Potion #9" with Johnny "Hammond" Smith; Prestige Records

"The Golden Thrush" with Byrdie Green; Prestige Records

"Listen Here" with Freddie McCoy; Prestige Records

"It's About Time" with Hank Marr; Double Time Records

"A Great Big Helping of Jazz and Eggs", with Gene Walker's Generations Band and friends, Listen For the Jazz Records

"More Jazz and Eggs", with Gene Walker's Generations Band, Listen For the Jazz Records

"Columbus Jazz is Community Music", with Gene Walker's Generations Band, Listen For the Jazz Records

"Provisions" with Sean Camey and the Nite Owlz, Main Street Records

"The Happy Organ" with Dave Baby Cortez

"The Broom Switch" with Lloyd Price

Promark Demonstration CD with Elvin Jones

Publishings

"Me and Gene" with Vince Andrews; Gerard Records Listen for the Jazz Kevnotes in Columbus History

 

 

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