Kirk Whalum


Genre : Jazz Vocal
Performances at JIJJF
Website :
http://www.kirkwhalum.com/
Song Teaser : (All songs need windows media player)
About This Act :
“One of the most exciting memories of my whole career is standing before an audience of over 12 million people with Whitney Houston in South Africa, playing the very song I honked out on my horn the first day I brought it home from jr. high, “Amazing Grace.” I’ll never forget it. God has a way of proving His power in some pretty impressive ways!”

Johannesburg is a long way from Kirk’s hometown of Memphis, TN. Having grown up a “pastor’s kid,” it’s not surprising to learn that Kirk’s warm, melodic sound was birthed in the Baptist church. Born into a musical family, Kirk first expressed his interest in music on the drums, switching to saxophone in Jr. High School when he was “impressed” with the shininess of the sax. Kirk began playing local functions and clubs while still in high school. A music scholarship brought him to Texas Southern University in Houston, beginning his road to musical maturity. “I became enthralled by the “Texas Tenor” sound and was able to spend many years gleaning from Arnett Cobb?one of the fathers of that “big” Texas sound.”

Kirk released five records while signed to Columbia, the first in 1985, Floppy Disk, introduced the still frequently requested tune, “Kyle’s Smiles” written for Kirk’s yet-to-be-born, son Kyle. But it was the 1995 release of Cache that put Kirk on the charts. That CD went to #1 and remained there for five weeks. Other releases on that label include And You Know That! The Promise and In This Life.

In 1987 Kirk received a serendipitous phone call from jazz guitarist Larry Carlton. Larry had heard this warm, passionate sax on the radio in Los Angeles and traced it to its creator, Kirk. “Larry had never heard of me, didn’t know who I was or where I was, but managed to track me down in Houston.

Kirk began his relationship with Warner Bros. Records in 1996 when he and Bob James collaborated on Joined at the Hip and received a Grammy nomination for their effort. Kirk later signed with Warner Bros. and in ‘97 released his first solo album for that label, Colors, which was inspired by Kirk’s appreciation for cultural and musical diversity as well as his passion for racial reconciliation.

While Kirk’s 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 has hosted numerous benefit concerts on behalf of many organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena (CA), the TN YMCA and he has recently fulfilled a ten year benefit commitment for the Houston Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Impressive would, indeed, sum up Kirk’s career, but if you asked him, he would simply say, ” it’s grace.”

Pending Final Confirmation

  • Krakatau Featuring Richard Elliot
  • Special Percussion Gig featuring Benny Mustapha
  • The Young Generation Big Band conducted By Dwiki Darmawan

Artist still to be considered

  • Balawan
  • Bubi Chen Quartet
  • Gilang Ramadhan Group
  • Indra Aziz
  • Paragita UI Choir
  • Viewpoints – featuring Aryono Huboyo Djati
  • Vina Panduwinata

taken from :javajazzfestival.com/2006/artists

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