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Donald Walden

Donald Walden - Jazz Masters

Donald Walden grew up in Clarksville (Tennessee) and from 1946 in Detroit on; as a youngster he played saxophone. 


He attended the Larry Teal School of Music and the Detroit Community Music School , in Barry Harris and Yusef Lateef , he studied improvisation. In 1960 he moved to New York City , played there, including Grant Green , Joe Chambers , Booker Ervin and Sun Ra . After his return to Detroit in 1966 he worked with local musicians and played five years in the companion volume of Aretha Franklin, from which he also toured with Stevie Wonder , The Temptations and The Four Tops .

In the following years he taught in public schools and was a regular venue in which he founded New World Stage in Harmony Park District in Detroit. 1990 he performed with Charlie Parker Tribute to the Detroit International Jazz Festival with big band and a choir, soloists in this Yardbird Suite were beside Walden Dizzy Gillespie , Charles McPherson and Barry Harris. This eventually created his band repertoire Detroit Jazz Orchestra . In the 1990s he taught at Michigan State University , at Oberlin College in Ohio and finally at the University of Michigan , where he was appointed professor. His pupils included includingRodney Whitaker , Geri Allen , Robert Hurst and Regina Carter . Under his own name he put some self-produced albums before, including two tribute albums to Thelonious Monk , Charles Mingus and Tadd Dameron . Most recently, he led the ensemble Free Radicals with Cassius Richmond and Marion Hayden. In 2006 he appeared as a guest musician with Geri Allen's albumTimeless Portraits and Dreams with. He died at the age of 69 years longer with cancer.

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