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 was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.