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One has to speak in superlatives when describing
Kirk Whalum. He is one of the most influential contemporary saxophonists of
Highlights in his career include a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with
Bob James, "Joined At The Hip", Kirk Whalum has also captured
three No. 1 album slots on the Billboard Jazz Charts, and has had several albums
chart in the Jazz Top 10. As for his romantic interpretive ability, his
is the standout sax solo on
worldwide smash hit "I Will Always Love You." His trademark saxophone stylings
have been heard on stage and on hundreds of recordings with the preeminent pop,
jazz, R&B and gospel musicians of our time, including
Edwin Hawkins, Rev.
and Quincy Jones. A seasoned veteran of the studio and the road, a catalogue of
Kirk's featured session work would fill a Who's Who of modern music.
Whalum started on the road that would lead him to jazz distinction in
Memphis, where he played in his father's church choir. Raised on gospel music,
R&B and Memphis blues, Whalum ultimately discovered jazz during high school. He
received a music scholarship from Texas Southern University in Houston, where he
formed his own band, playing original compositions on the Texas club circuit.
After opening for
Bob James in Houston one
night, Kirk Whalum was invited to New York by the pianist to appear on
his album "12".
Bob James, in recalling
that night, said, "He [Kirk Whalum] was opening for a concert I played in
Houston. I was actually able to watch part of his show - unlike most of the time
when I don't get to hear the opening act. I just loved him."
Whalum signed to Columbia shortly thereafter, and released five albums for
the label: "Floppy Disk", "And You Know That!", "The Promise", "Cache" and "In
This Life" (three of which were produced by
Bob James). Next came the Grammy-nominated "Joined At The Hip" with
Bob James in '96 on
Warner Bros. Records.
In 1997, Kirk signed with Warner Bros. Records and
released his solo debut for the label and his sixth solo project, "Colors." A
most inclusive endeavor, the album paid tribute to musical and cultural
diversity, a theme reflected in Kirk's association with Hearts Against Racism &
Prejudice (H.A.R.P) for which he serves as president.
Next came his "Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter
1" release which ascended both the gospel and jazz charts, followed by his
monster hit "For You", an album that relentlessly occupies the rarified
atmosphere at the top of the jazz charts, two years after its release.
Kirk Whalum is also part of the all star
lineup on Warner Bros. Records "Casino Lights '99", featuring
Boney James, Mark
Turner, Kenny Garrett,
Rick Braun and Gabriela
Anders. Recorded live in Montreux, it captures the collaborative magic of that
city and its world-renowned jazz festival.
Kirk released a second gospel album on his Top
Drawer label, entitled "Hymns: In The Garden", and has produced a collection of
classics for his uncle, Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum, whose magical, smooth voice has
wowed his fans now for more than 50 years.
Undoubtedly, one of the most prominent and
prolific jazz saxophonists of our time, Kirk Whalum celebrates every
opportunity to create music.
Whether Kirk Whalum is interpreting the
melodies of others or spinning his own inspired beauty, he is an artist of
infinite variation. The cross-pollination of influences and personal history
enriches his performance and expression.
While his musical accomplishments have brought him
professional and critical acclaim with a total of seven Grammy Nominations and
one Stellar Award (Best Gospel Instrumental Album), it is his benevolent spirit
and charitable efforts that truly define him. Kirk Whalum has hosted
numerous benefit concerts on behalf of many organizations including the Boys and
Girls Club of Pasadena (CA), the Tennessee YMCA and he fulfilled a ten year
benefit commitment for the Houston Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
Impressive would, indeed, sum up his career, but if you asked him, Kirk
Whalum would simply say, "It's grace."
Hit songs include --
- The Wave
- All I Do
- Whip Appeal
- Give Me The Reason
- I'll Make Love To You
- Love Is A Losing Game
- He's Been Just That Good
- Valdez In The Country
- Love, Love, Love
- Spend My Life With You
- Sunday's Best
Other notable songs include --
- In This Life
- The Promise
- Don't Even Look
- Don't Look at Me
- Give Me Your Love
- Waltz For David
Kirk Whalum may be available for your next
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