Meet Walter Clark: It's in my DNA. Both of my grandparents on my mother's side were musicians. My grandmother had a degree in music from Spellman College and my grandfather, John McCoy, played multiple instruments and is the biological father of pianist McCoy Tyner
. The sonic texture on his latest album was unbelievable.
Favorite venue: Right now my regular job is in a restaurant where they have a 15 foot Borsendofer, with a view overlooking a lake and mountains, as well as a sound system which I put together myself. Great gig.
The first Jazz album I bought was: Miles Davis, Four And More.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Boldness, eclecticism, a loving heart which comes through the music with positive effects for the listener.
Did you know... I originally intended to be a physician.
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Tired.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? I think jazz needs to be at the forefront of the change that we seek in the world, as it was in the '60s and '70s. This would call for some kind of reinvention and possibly redefinition.
What is in the near future? Expect to release some video of my live performances as well as audio in the form of an upcoming CD.
I'm blessed enough to play piano and sing at a restaurant.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Minister.