Walt Weiskopf: Tenor Gladness

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Walt Weiskopf has been a longtime friend and colleague of mine. We initially met on the Broadway show Victor Victoria and have since shared many musical, educational and golfing experiences together. Walt is an extremely articulate individual who gives his all in every situation. Whether in a big band, jazz combo, commercial gig, recording date, or working with Steely Dan, Walt is always on top of his game—a contributing team player and fantastic soloist. This flexibility as an artist has allowed him to develop an approach to sharing his knowledge through his many publications, his website, and teaching endeavors. His desire to continue to evolve as a jazz artist has resulted in a wealth of original compositions that allow him to explore new avenues of expression. Walt’s latest album, Introspection, is evidence of that. Please visit his website for more information on purchasing his music as well as his latest video teaching masterclasses: www.WaltWeiskopf.com.

About the Artist: Shortly after graduating the Eastman School of Music, Walt Weiskopf joined the Buddy Rich Band as one of the featured tenor saxophone soloists. This began a 40-year career which has seen him become one of the prominent voices in contemporary jazz. After moving to New York, Walt found subsequent work with the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band and the Roland Vazquez Band. He began recording as a leader in the late 1980s and now has 20 critically acclaimed albums to his name as a leader in addition to 7 popular books on jazz improvisation. Walt has worked in many diverse musical settings including Broadway shows, studio recordings, and over the past 20 years as a member of the legendary rock group, Steely Dan. He continues to be a prolific composer/arranger, band leader, and clinician while touring throughout the U.S and Europe. Also a member of the John Fedchock New York Big Band and Sextet, Walt now makes his home in Virginia.


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