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Jazz Vocalist Michelle Walker performs at SMOKE JAZZ CLUB on July 12th & 18th performing new music and selections from her CD release "Love Misery"
(Published: July 17, 2018)

Press Release

New York, NY, July 17, 2018: After returning to the USA from a 5 month tour and performing period in Southeast Asia, Jazz Vocalist Michelle Walker opens her summer touring concert schedule with shows at one of her favorite New York stages, Smoke Jazz Club. She will be performing two nights of new music from her new popular, powerhouse fusion band Opius Bliss and as well as selections from her latest CD release "Love Misery". On Thursday July 12th Michelle is joined by pianist Sean Fitzpatrick, Bassist Michael O'Brien, Drummer Sean Dixon and special guest Guitarist Pete Smith.

On Wednesday July 18th, Michelle will be the featured vocalist for The Great American Soulbook Jazz Vocal Residency. Joining Michelle on stage will be Hammond B3 award winning Organist Greg Lewis, Guitarist Matt Cherktoff and Drummer Jordan Rose. Each night Michelle will perform 3 sets; 7pm, 9pm and 10:30pm.

JGP RECORDS has released the sophomore recording of vocalist/arranger/composer Michelle Walker titled LOVE MISERY. The CD is a collection of tunes that thematically chronicle a love affair from the first hello to the final goodbye. The first half of the CD highlights songs of passionate love. On her take of the Nat King Cole favored tune Nature Boy, it showcases Michelle's panache and talent for arranging easily recognizable tunes, breathing new life into old songs. On the track Dance with Me, the 1970's popular rock tune originally recorded by the band Orleans, Michelle has arranged a tender and passionate mix-meter ballad that she and Frahm soar expertly through. The second half of the CD is about the sorrow and misery love can bring. Stand out tracks from this half of the recording are her brilliant arrangements of the classic Billie Holiday standard Detour Ahead and Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. The recording begins with an air of childlike enthusiasm for new love. With each new song on the recording the music grows progressively darker and wiser.

It was important to Michelle to record with her working band whom she has played, toured the US and Abroad with for years. Michelle notes "There is something to be said about playing with musicians that truly know you. We have developed a tight bond that is resoundingly evident in our live shows as well as on this recording I feel."

Having lived in the New York City area for over the past few years after relocating from Washington, DC, Walker quickly established herself as one of the most respected singers in New York. Birdland Jazz Club hailed of Walker after her sold out debut performance at the club as "....Masterful!" Walker also performs regularly at Smoke Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Jazz at The Kitano and The 55 Bar. Walker was a finalist in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition and has been nominated multiple times by the Washington Area Music Association awards (WAMA) for best jazz vocalist, best recording, best jazz group as well as receiving an Indie Award for best independent vocal jazz recording for her debut Slow Down.

Michelle studied vocal performance at The University of Maryland, College Park as well as the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. Privately Michelle has studied one-on-one or in master class with jazz luminaries Mark Murphy, Betty Carter, Dena DeRose, Madeline Eastman, Nancy Marano, Benny Green, Christian McBride, Steve Davis, Jeff Clayton, Eric Reed and her mentor the late Pam Bricker. Mark Murphy, impressed with Michelle as a student, asked her to perform with him on tour.

Michelle has a tender and honest sincerity in her vocal approach. Her warm and sensual voice is searing and captivating. There is also a uniqueness to her delivery giving her an original voice. "I try to just imagine myself as the listener....asking myself what do I want to hear, learn or walk away with from this show. I like to also imagine myself giving people a very personal message and delivery tailor made for them in every song." Walker describes of her style.

In the years since transplanting herself in New York City, Walker has performed in over 1,000+ concerts in the US, Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Israel. Walker has also performed at The White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and performed in festivals opening for Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, George Benson, Chris Botti, Rene Marie and others.

Born in Bohmholder, Germany, Walker has lived in the US since she was 3 years old. The daughter of an Army Captain and very active homemaker mother, who insisted all her children study both music and dramatic arts. "We moved around the world a lot and I think my mother was concerned we would not have many friends so she enrolled us in Community Theater where ever we moved to keep us active and social." Walker has been performing on stages since she was five years old. "On long drives across the country my mom kept song books in the car that she led us through singing to pass the hours on the road. By the time I was ten years old I think I knew well over 1,000 tunes by heart. It was second nature to me, but now musicians stare at me perplexed that I know so many songs."

Walker has a warm and deep voice that has exceptional richness with a 5 octave range that is soulful and expressive. With her unique delivery, informed arrangements and beautiful warm tone, Michelle Walker is poised well for a career as one of her generation's best new voices in jazz.

For more information, please visit www.MichelleWalkerMusic.com


MAY 25, 2018
Minton's Jazz Club | New York, NY | 7pm, 9pm Sets

MAY 26, 2018
The 55 Bar | New York, NY |
10pm, 11:30pm and 1:00am Sets

JUNE 28, 2018
Concerts In The Garden| Chester, CT| 7pm and 8pm Sets

JULY 12, 2018
Smoke Jazz Club | New York, NY |
7pm, 9pm, and 10:30pm Sets

JULY 18, 2018
Smoke Jazz Club | New York, NY |
7pm, 9pm, and 10:30pm Sets

JULY 22, 2018
ARTSCAPE FESTIVAL | Baltimore, MD| 1pm-3:00pm Set MICA PAC

AUGUST 4, 2018
The 55 Bar | New York, NY
10pm, 11:30pm and 1am Sets

AUGUST 13, 2018
Bar Next Door | New York, NY |
8:00pm and 10:00pm Sets

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
Bethesda Blues Club | Bethesda, MD|
7:00pm and 9:00pm Sets

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
SOUTH JAZZ CLUB | Philadelphia, PA|
7:00pm and 9:00pm Sets

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
European Tour Kick-off
Dates TBA



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JGP RECORDS is a New York, NY based independent jazz and world music record label launched in June 2001. As a boutique label, the objective is to offer inspired improvised music by up-and-coming artists, arrangers and composers who are motivated to push music in fresh and exciting new directions. JGP RECORDS is establishing itself as an active producer of exploratory music. It is home to both established and exciting new talent.

More Information: http://www.michellewalkermusic.com

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