“Walker’s songs are not simple sketches that lead to jams or overly virtuoso flights of fancy; they tell stories, and his band is more than adept at telling them.”
THIS IS BRAD WALKER
Brad Walker is one of the most active and sought-after performers in the city of New Orleans. Perhaps best known for his “soaring” (Rolling Stone), “energetic” (NPR), and “tasteful” (Relix) solos on Saturday Night Live, the Grammys, and the Tonight Show with Nashville mega-star Sturgill Simpson, Brad Walker is an active and compelling artist in his own right, with five full-length releases under his own name and a decade of music- making in the Crescent City under his belt. His 2014 debut, ‘Quintet’, received a 4-**** review in DownBeat magazine, and his playing has received praise in Variety, OffBeat Magazine, Gambit Weekly, Dig!, and many others.
Since 2009 Walker has performed or recorded with such luminaries as Bernard Purdie, Peter Erskine, John Riley, George Porter, Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, Anders Osborne, Marcia Ball, Rickie Lee Jones, Valerie June, Better than Ezra, and countless others, and has led the horn sections for Grammy-winner Sturgille Simpson, Blues Award-winner Ana Popovic and OffBeat Award winners Eric Lindell, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Colin Lake.
In 2019/2020, Walker was nominated for two ‘Best of the Beat’ Awards (OffBeat Magazine), in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ category as ‘Best Artist’ and for ‘Best Record’, alongside such international stars as Nicholas Payton, Jon Batiste, Herlin Riley, Christian Scott, and Terence Blanchard. He was also nominated by the ‘Big Easy Awards’ (Gambit Magazine) for ‘Best Contemporary Jazz Artist’. These two award ceremonies are considered among the highest achievements in the New Orleans music community.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical saxophone performance (2006) and Master of Music degree in jazz studies (2011), both from Louisiana State University.
Oct 19, 2020 GAMBIT WEEKLY: Brad Walker’s ‘The Dockside Sessions’ is a Love Letter to Being in the Right Place with the Right Players
Dec 1, 2020 OFFBEAT: Brad Walker, 'The Dockside Sessions' (Independent)
Nov 26, 2019, OFFBEAT: Brad Walker Quartet, 'Live at Snug Harbor' (Independent)
Sept 26, 2019 THE ADVOCATE: Have Horn, Will Travel: Brad Walker's Career Has Taken Him All Over...
July 26th, 2017 OFFBEAT: Brad Walker, “Ep1” (Independent) Review
April 2nd, 2014 DIG: Brad Walker: Musically Charged, Artistically Driven
July 1, 2013 OFFBEAT: Brad Walker And Simon Lott, Redrawblak (Independent)
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