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Meet Darrell J. Walker: I am an awesome trombone player in the real New Orleans tradition. Been called the "baddest" trombone player in New Orleans. Learned from the best - my daddy plays the trombone as well as I studied in college. I have played professionally for approximately thirty years. I'm forty-nine years old. I've played mostly jazz (smooth, jazzy, Dixieland) and R&B but have also played with rock bands. I am extremely professional both in appearance and demeanor. I can both read and play by ear.
Played nightly in the French Quarter. Some bands I have played with in New Orleans are: New Orleans Levee Board, Deacon John and the Ivories, Doc Paulin Brass Band, Dr. Frank Minyard (he's the coroner of New Orleans), Jazz Roots.
Additionally, I have played both the Blue Note and Lincoln Center Outdoors with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I also played with Irma Thomas at Central Park SummerStage.
Currently reestablishing my career in the New Jersey/New York metro area.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I picked up my daddy's trombone and it was heavier than me.
Your sound and approach to music: Play what makes you and your audience feel good. If it doesn't come from your heart, you shouldn't be playing.
Your dream band: Bunch of dedicated jazz cats from New Orleans who just want to play.
Did you know... I am a gentle soul.
What is in the near future? Just to reestablish myself. Lost just about everything to Katrina - materialistically and otherwise. Need to hook up with some good jazz musicians again and do some gigs on a regular basis.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.