Jim Walker - Flutist
Jim Walker: Renaissance Man of the Flute
From jazz to pop to classical, television to film to the concert hall, Jim Walker
has never met a crowd that didn't love his
powerful, "stand and deliver" performances.
star began to rise when Jim
was named Associate Principal Flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the US Military Academy Band at West Point
quickly gained the admiration of colleagues and audiences in Pittsburgh and set his
sights on Principal Flute jobs.
After eight years he won the Principal Flute position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and never looked back.
To be Principal Flute of a major orchestra is to sit at the pinnacle of the profession.
Most flutists who reach that height are content to spend the rest of their careers there, but Jim
felt an eagerness and aspiration to move his
music-making forward yet again.
After seven successful seasons of performing, recording, and touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic-during
which time the New York Philharmonic briefly borrowed him as Principal Flute for their 1982 South American tour-Jim left the orchestra, diving off the mountaintop into the world of jazz, studio recording and a commitment to teaching.
Jazz had been Jim's earliest musical loves, and he
was inspired to get back to it by LA's lively club scene.
After a few years of avid listening in dives, gaining confidence undercover in the practice room, he
jazz quartet Free Flight.
Flute, piano, bass, and drums playing a unique fusion of jazz and classical music, propelled Free Flight to take the music world by storm.
Jim's unique combination of vision and determination pushed the group to multiple appearances on The Tonight Show and The Today Show and brought them a number one record (Slice of Life).
By the time Jean-Pierre Rampal-the granddaddy of modern classical flutists-called "Jimmy
"favorite jazz flute player" in the 1990's, Jim
was a bona fide "jazz flute man".
Life has been equally good for Jim Walker
in LA's famed studio scene.
Until June of 2010, he
was a first-call studio flutist for the better part of two decades; his
bold, expressive playing can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks and commercial recordings.
Dynamic soloist, legendary orchestral and studio musician, celebrated jazz flutist, and an inspiration to countless students worldwide; Jim Walker
is living proof that with enough creativity and determination, one can reach the stars.
is a living legend, and a true Renaissance Man of the Flute
Jim Walker is a Performing Artist for Burkart & Resona Flutes and Piccolos