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Walt Weiskopf

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well-regarded as a composer and his CDs contain predominantly original work. His five books on advanced topics in improvisation are among the most respected in the field. He lives in New Jersey and is an Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music.

In 1983, Walt began a fourteen-year association with jazz pianist and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi, making seven recordings and touring the United States, Japan and Europe several times with her orchestra. During this time, he began recording his own material.

Tenor saxophonist, Weiskopf was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up in Syracuse, New York. An Eastman alumnus, earning a bachelor of music degree in 1980, Weiskopf joined the Eastman faculty in fall 2002. While a student at Eastman, he studied saxophone with Ramon Ricker who, 10 years later, teamed up with Weiskopf to write Coltrane: A Player's Guide to His Harmony and The Augmented Scale in Jazz (both are published by Jamey Aebersold). Downbeat's Trent Kynaston called Coltrane “the best treatise I have seen on the study of Coltrane substitutions.” Walt completed two more books; “Intervalic Improvisation” in 1994 and “Around the Horn” in 2000.

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Into The Shadows

Summit Records
2020

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Orenda Records
2019

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Orenda Records
2019

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Fountain Of Youth

Posi-Tone Records
2017

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The Way You Say It

Posi-Tone Records
2016

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Open Road

Posi-Tone Records
2015

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