Born in Salford in 1962, Mike Walker started relatively late (16) in music, picking up
his Brother's Guitar and re-tuning it to trace the lush chords that had initially caught
his ear in early Joni Mitchell songs and Weather Report Instrumentals.
He became an avid fan of Steely Dan and copped Larry Carlton Solos by ear, as well
as the rich harmonies and quirky melodic twists of Fagen and Becker.
The obvious Jazz influence that permeates much of that music lead him to look back
and dig deeper into the history and mystery of jazz and some of its major protagonists
including Wes, Ed Bickert, Joe Pass and Jim Hall, as well as the great exponents of
Piano, Sax and Trumpet such as Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley,
Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard.
Influenced in many directions from Rock (His Brother, Alan) Song (His Sister, Bet) and
a broad spectrum of Jazz (His Brother, Paul) Mike became noted for his ability to be
creative in a number of musical settings.
Mike has performed and recorded with Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Steve Rodby,
Palle Danielson, Arild Anderson, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, John Marshall, Bob
Moses, Bill Frisell, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Vince Mendoza, Mike Gibbs, Mark
Anthony Turnage, Tal Farlow, Palle Mikkelborg, Mica Paris and Norma Winstone.
He toured Europe and the States and recorded with the George Russell 'Living Time'
Orchestra with whom he was a member for 18 years.
In May 2008, Mike released his debut album 'Madhouse and the Whole Thing There' to
wide critical acclaim