Walt Szymanski

Born: July 8, 1954    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Walt Szymanski

Walt Szymanski began his musical journey from a small home on the east side of Detroit that was constantly resonating with the sound of music. Listening to his mother play and sing the Broadway standards on the family piano and hearing the records of Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Al Hirt as well as the constant refrains of the ever present Motown sound presented him a tremendous musical foundation upon which to build.

The age of seven found Walt as a soprano soloist in the 120 voice, all male choir of St. Raymond in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He made his first professional appearance at that time, singing as well as soloing in front of an audience of 3000 at Ford Auditorium. As the choir began to performed more in orchestral situations, Walt was able to hear the beautiful sonority of the trumpet as it soared above the masses. His love quickly changed from vocalizing to playing the trumpet and upon entering high school he quickly captured first chair in wind ensemble and orchestra as well as playing lead trumpet in the jazz big band and school pit orchestra. In his senior year of high school, Walt was presented the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia award for the “Best Jazz Trumpet” in the State of Michigan.

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Fun At The Factory
Duct Tape Music
— Trio WAG / 2006

Concrete Jungles
— Soundbite Records
— Greg Utech / 2006

Spank Soundbite
— Greg Utech / 2005

Settin' The Pace
— GJazz Records
— Frank Foster / Walt Szymanski / George Gee / 2004

Forever Fabulous
Jazz Jewels Records
— Jo Thompson/Walt Szymanski / 2003

Slender, Tender & Tall
— Panda Digital
— Jo Thompson/Walt Szymanski / 2000

Swingin' Away
— Swing 46
— George Gee & MBBO / 1999

Buddha Boogie
— Swing 46
— George Gee & the Jump Jivin’ Wailers / 1999

Swingin' Live
— Swing 46
— George Gee & MBBO / 1998

90º With 100% Humidity
— Blue Chip
— Jimmy Madison & Friends / 1996

Take It or Leave
It — Stella
— Rick DellaRatta / 1995

All In A Dreams
Work — Schoolkids'
— Kathy Kosins / 1995

Johnnie Bassett & Blues Insurgents
— No Cover
— Johnnie Bassett / 1995

Jazz Is
— HT
— Harvey Thompson / 1994

A Whole Lot Of Thunder
— Mijawa
— Shawn “Thunder” Wallace / 1991

Open The Doors
— Eastlawn
— Sun Sounds Orchestra / 1990

Boys Out Late
— Audio Visions
— The Suspects / 1989

Some Of This /
Some Of That — Hiroko
— J.C. Heard Orchestra / 1988

Blues On The Road
— Corona
— Bill Heid / 1987

— Corridor
— Lyman Woodard / 1985

— Omni Arts

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