Whew, it has been awhile, but a lot has been going on! This past spring a great big band album was released that I did the lead trumpet work on and some plunger mute solo work. The album is entitled “Thought and Memory” by the Keith Karns Big Band. Keith is a good trumpet friend and all of the tunes are his arrangements or originals. After recently gradating with his Masters degree from Indiana, Keith is currently about to start his Doctoral studies at North Texas State. Here is a description of the band –

The Keith Karns Big Band is an up and coming force on the music scene in the Midwest. A student of the music of Stan Kenton, Jim McNeely, and Maria Schneider, Keith’s original compositions represent the bleeding edge of the contemporary while maintaining a firm grasp on the legacy of his predecessors. More than master instrumentalists, each member of Keith’s band is possessed of a totally individual creative voice, and by working together are able to express a truly awesome musical identity.

This is an incredible album and I am very thankful to be apart of it. Check out some sound samples, pick up the album and more information about this great project by clicking HERE!

I was also very grateful to be able to play for and be involved with the dedication of the new John L. Buchholz Jazz Library at my alma mater – the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This collection is nothing less then astounding! The university is going to preserve this fabulous collection by digitizing all the albums and charts for generations to enjoy. There were many great jazz artists there from the area and around the world including, pianist Geoff Keezer and trombonist Jiggs Whigham.

The Collection

The newly dedicated John L. Buchholz Jazz Library at UW-Eau Claire includes nearly 1,000 charts (sheet music) and more than 1,000 recordings collected by Texas big band leader Edward “Pete” Peterson over 60 years. Many of the items are autographed by the original artists. Among the famed jazz musicians whose original charts and recordings are in the collection are: Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Woody Herman, Sam Nestico, Neil Hefti, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman and Stan Kenton !

Please read this incredible story HERE! – via Leader-Telegram.

Again, events and shows are always being added so check back often. A great way to keep track is follow me on Twitter – @JeffreyWalk. By keeping up-to-date with my tweets, you’ll be reminded of upcoming shows and other worthwhile experiences that deserve micro-blogging.

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