“Jeremy Walker may become the Duke Ellington of the early 21st century.” — JazzInk
Walker (known to some as “Boot”) is a prolific composer and pianist who started playing the saxophone at age ten in his hometown of Minneapolis, MN. At fourteen, he began studying jazz and has been intimately involved in this art form ever since – studying with Frank Kimbrough, David Berkman, and Benny Golson among others. In 2003, he founded the jazz club Brilliant Corners which received national acclaim, including Downbeat’s “One of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs Worldwide” with Walker being voted City Pages “Best Local Impresario.” He also founded Jazz is NOW, an educational arm of Brilliant Corners, with a kick-off concert by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet and a surprise appearance by Itzahk Perlman.
In 2005, an undiagnosed medical condition (recently discovered to be Lyme Disease) forced Walker to stop playing the saxophone; he turned to piano and composition, earning accolades including a Jerome Foundation Travel/Study grant and collaborations with Alvin Ailey alumni – TU Dance – and Zenon Dance Company. In his professional career, he has worked with Anthony Cox, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Ted Nash, Matt Wilson, Vincent Gardner, Ron Miles, Carei Thomas and other notable musicians. Walker has been commissioned by Jackson State University, North Dakota Jazz, and Bethel University, and has written over seventy compositions for his bands: Boot Camp, Small City Trio, Boxcar, and The Bootet. His current projects include works involving opera, film – scoring “Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story” – and jazz ensemble with solo voice and choir, 7 PSALMS. Walker also authors a series of articles on culture for Walker Art Center and mnartists.org.
Walker was recently profiled in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, on Minnesota Public Radio, on Jazz 88 KBEM (part 1, part 2), and KFAI’s Rhythm and Grooves. Click on the media links in the previous sentence to check out the coverage.
Click here to hear house recording highlights (extended version) from the 90 minute concert, click here for 2 minute promotional concert video, or click here for a behind-the-scenes look at a rehearsal of Psalm 126.