- A composer and jazz pianist lauded for his compositions that blend jazz and classical elements through rich melodies and improvisation.
“Hang the classifications, and bring on more jazz art songs. The term [crossover] is a tad demeaning and does scant justice to the subtleties and innovations achieved by Walker in his richly suggestive new cycle.” —Terry Blain, Star Tribune
Jeremy Walker is a composer and jazz pianist. His new album of original jazz art songs, Haunted Blue (featured on MPR’s New Classical Tracks) with award-winning mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, features renowned jazz bassist Anthony Cox and tenor vocalist, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Walker’s suite 7 Psalms performed to over 1,700 audience members at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and included the launch of American Public Media’s Radio Choir conducted by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Other works include the oratorio, The Rage of Achilles, for operatic voice and jazz ensemble, and Alma Gentil—five pieces commissioned by Consortium Carissimi for chamber choir with early baroque and jazz ensembles. In 2014, Walker founded the Jazz at Orchestra Hall in the Target Atrium series at Minnesota Orchestra where he currently serves as Artistic Director.
An encore performance of their album release at the Dakota. It was an unlikely partnership: a jazz pianist/composer and international award-winning Schubert vocalist, but the sparks of Jeremy Walker and Clara Osowski's artistic collaboration appeared the first time they performed together. The result was "Haunted Blue"—music by Walker with poetry by Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Twin Cities lyricist Greg Foley. The project features renowned jazz bassist, Anthony Cox. Minnesota Public Radio's New Classical Tracks host Julie Amacher observed…Find out more »