King Saxe Plays the Blues
Since his retirement from teaching Jazz Saxophone for eleven years at the Ohio State University School of Music, Gene Walker tours extensively and often takes the featured soloist/ artist role with bands and orchestras all over the United States and Europe. Discography: 'Rediscovering Old Favorites', Chris Columbo Quintet: Strand Records Slam Stewart & Tiny Grimes Herb Abramson Records LOVE POTION NO 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 Rocket '88's with Arnette Howard 1996 SMOOTH JAZZ COLUMBUS COLLECTION various artists 1997 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 Carney, Main Street Records THE HAPPY ORGAN; with Dave Baby Cortez THE BROOM SWITCH; with Lloyd Price PRO-MARK DEMONSTRATION CD with Elvin Jones & Hank Marr TOMMY'S GIRL with Teeny Tucker GENE WALKER PLAYS DUKE ELLINGTON The Phil DeGreg Trio LAST NIGHT IN MANHATTAN; X-tra Large Records, 2002 LEAVING THIS OLD TOWN WITH Bill Caffie 2002 King Saxe PLAYS THE BLUES Xtra Large Records, 2004 LIVE AT 501 CLUB Tom Carroll, Hank Marr, Jim Rupp, Jeanette Williams Brewer,and Mary McLendon BLUSIN' AND CRUISIN'; With Hank Marr Jamey Aebersold, Wilbert Longmire and Jim Rupp. THE FIERY BLUES;with Tony Monaco Trio & Willie Pooch, Summit Records. 2005 FRIENDS; with many artists, Xtra Large Records 2005. Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Publishings: 'Me and Gene' with Vince Andrews; Gerard Records Listen for the Jazz. K~notes in Columbus History nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Solo performances have included many notable musicians and entertainers such as: Brook Benton, Wilson Picket, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Benny Green, Wild Bill Davis, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Scott, Charles Earland, Lloyd Price, Jimmy Reed, The Isley Brothers, Neil Diamond, Melba Moore, Billy Daniels, Charli Persip, Elvin Jones and Irene Reid. Jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader, studio recording and educator Gene Walker lives in Columbus, Ohio where he currently performs with his own groups, Gene Walker's Generations and The Cotton Club Orchestra. He began performing and touring in 1958 with such groups as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and The Chris Columbo Quintet. In 1965 he toured with the Beatles, playing in Shea Stadium along with King Curtis. From 1989-2001 Gene was a member of the faculty of The Ohio State University where he taught jazz saxophone and small group ensembles. He has also held three Ohio Arts Council residencies. Gene has taught saxophone yearly in Jamey Aebersolds' Summer Jazz Clinics since 1998. In 1990 and 1991 Gene toured Italy, England, the Netherlands with the Jimmy McGriff Quartet, playing at the prestigious London Club, Ronnie Scott's, and in 1997 Gene performed with the Hank Marr Quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.