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Kirk Whalum

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: July 11, 1958    

Kirk Whalum

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.”...
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  • Romance Language

    Rendezvous
    2012
  • Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway

    Inner Gun
    2010
  • Ultimate Kirk Whalum

    Inner Gun
    2007
  • The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter II

    Inner Gun
    2002
  • The Best Of Kirk Whalum

    Inner Gun
    2002
  • The Christmas Message

    Inner Gun
    2001
  • Playing With Fire

    Inner Gun
    2000
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