Saxophonist Myron Walden has been a jack of all trades over the last couple of years. In addition to expanding his musical skills on the alto, Myron has expanded by playing the soprano and new tenor saxes. His current project “Countryfied” presents the musician in a more mature and advanced mode where he explores the southern and more urban gritty side of jazz, soul, and gospel. Many have hailed “Countryfied” as a homage to the legendary saxophonists like Maceo Parker, Eddie Harris, Earl Bostic, and King Curtis. Although these greats fused urban roots music with jazz, Myron is really going back to the music he grew up listening to while growing up in his hometown of Miami, Florida. The soulful sounds of Otis Redding and Percy Sledge.
While growing up in Florida, his family moved to New York City where he was exposed to jazz by his uncle who played Charlie Parker’s “One Night in Washington.” It was Parker from his uncle and Kenny G that was played on the radio is what got Myron interested in music and eventually playing the saxophone. One day one of his teacher’s gave him an old alto saxophone that was sitting in storage and took it home where he began learning how to play it by ear. He attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts. While attending high school, he was mentored by great musicians like Vincent Herring, Jesse Davis, and Mark Turner.
Over the last decade he’s played with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band, Ray Barretto, Roy Hargrove, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, and Wynton Marsalis.
In addition to him being a well accomplished musician, he started Demi Sound Records so the vision of his music can be reached by the masses. Myron took control of his destiny both in his music as well as on the business side. Other Demi Sound projects include “In The World” and “Momentum,” which have been well received by both critics and fans.
To find out upcoming club dates or to order “Countryfied,” visit him on the web at myronwalden.com.
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