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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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Albums

Romance Language
Romance Language
Rendezvous
2012
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Everything Is...
Inner Gun
2010
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Ultimate Kirk Whalum
Inner Gun
2007
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The Best Of Kirk...
Inner Gun
2002
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The Gospel According...
Inner Gun
2002
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The Christmas Message
Inner Gun
2001
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