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Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker is a New York City based jazz vocalist, arranger and educator with an international resume of concert and festival performances, including 7 tours in Russia, a 10-day tour in Israel with one of the performances at The Tel Aviv Musuem of Art being broadcast live on national radio as well as concerts in London and Amsterdam. Other performance highlights include The Lincoln Center-Women in Jazz Festival, The Silver Spring Jazz Festival and live jazz performances throughout the US. Michelle studied privately and attended masterclass with a number of teachers including Betty Carter, Mark Murphy, Rhiannon and more.

Michelle is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone. She has opened in concert for Wynton Marsalis, Rene Marie, George Benson and Mark Murphy. Her arrangements of straight-ahead standards and contemporary pop tunes blend genres effortlessly. Critics have noted that she has a singular voice with a high level of originality that is solidifying her own distinctive sound. Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, “Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality.” According to Mike Joyce of the Washington Post, the hypnotic, sexy, deep tone of Michelle's voice has a “soul-comforting allure”.

Awards

Multiple award nominations for Best Jazz Album, Best Jazz Group and Best Jazz Vocalist from the Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA)

Best Independant Jazz Vocal Album (Indie Awards)


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”[Walker's] voice is like warmed burgundy silk....”
Jazz Online

“A tone like this is born only once in a generation....”
Jazz-Not-Jazz, Germany

“[Walker]....has extraordinary musicality....weaving deftly through complex rhythms....”
All About Jazz

Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Contact Michelle for rates and availability.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Contact Michelle for rates and availability.

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Albums

Slow Down

Unknown label
2002

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