Brad Walker
New Orleans, LA
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Brad Walker

Brad W.

New Orleans, LA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have more to offer than your average saxophone teacher. My performance resume is deep, ranging from feature performances on Saturday Night Live, The Grammys, and The Tonight Show to multiple award-nominated and nationally reviewed records as a composer/bandleader. I have two degrees in music performance, both from Louisiana State University -- one in classical performance (B.M.) and one in jazz studies (M.M.). And I have extensive experience as an educator, including my work with Teach for America (NYC), guest artist/clinician appearances at 7 different universities, and 15 years of experience as a private instructor.

Most importantly, though, I love teaching music, and I love playing music. Let's work together!

About Brad W.

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., Anders Osborne, Marcia Ball, Rickie Lee Jones, Valerie June, Better than Ezra, Zigaboo Modeliste and countless others, and has led the horn sections for 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, Terence Blanchard. He was also nominated by the ‘Big Easy Awards’ (Gambit Magazine) for ‘Best Contemporary Jazz Artist’. These two award ceremonies are considered the pinnacle of achievement 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.

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Laura
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Excellent teacher! Brad is very professional, has an extensive knowledge base, and an impressive resume he lives up to. I've taken numerous lessons from other musicians, and I've never encountered someone more passionate about both teaching and playing music. Highly recommend!

Posted Oct 5, 2020

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Experience

Teach for America Corps Member
May 2006 - Jun 2008

TFA NYC

Education

Master of Music - Jazz Studies
Aug 2009 - Jul 2011

Louisiana State University

Bachelor of Music - Saxophone Performance
Aug 2002 - May 2006

Louisiana State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

University Medalist (4.0 GPA)
May 2006

Louisiana State University

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