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Chris Walker & friends honor the incredible legacy of legendary vocalist Al Jarreau
Chris Walker & friends honor the incredible legacy of legendary vocalist Al Jarreau
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One of my earliest and fondest memories of my mentor and friend, Al Jarreau, was when I heard his music for the first time as a sophomore while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. I was immediately drawn to the incredible variety of tones and the diverse vocal ability that emanated through each song, which captured my attention and took me on a lifelong journey into the many musical worlds of Al Jarreau. 

This musical journey included the genres of Orchestral, Jazz, Pop and R&B. Needless to say, I was hooked from day one and began to vocalize along with his many recordings. In addition, I learned how to play most of his songs simply by listening, which all originated from my training in both the church and from my father, Charles Walker Sr.’s gospel group, The Walker Brothers.  

In 1986 at the age of 18, and against my parents wishes, I moved to New York [NY] with “$40 and a Dream” to pursue and further my career in music. As fate would have it, I landed a full scholarship to attend “The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music [NS]” on my second day in NY. “WOW!!!…Talk about a huge blessing!!” I began performing with some incredible artists/legends, such as Ornette Coleman, Regina Belle, Jimmy Heath, Bob James and many more. Since the doors opened, I have traveled the world and embraced each new and incredible opportunity.

One day after playing with Bob James, I received a call from Gil Goldstein, my former improvisational professor at the NS with a life-changing invitation. He said, “I received a call to do some orchestral arrangements for a singer by the name of Al Jarreau and we need a bass player; would you be interested?” I could not believe what I was hearing and nearly passed out! Finally, my prayers had been answered!  

I accepted the opportunity and worked with Al for twenty [20] years, which included a position as his musical director! Hence, one of my biggest lifelong-dreams of performing on stage with the phenomenal Al Jarreau has been fulfilled. I truly believe in my heart that it was kismet that we worked together, as his mother’s maiden name was “Walker”, and our birthdates are five days apart [five is symbolic of Grace]; His birthday is March 12th and mine, March 17th [lucky leprechaun ☺].

Sadly, Al passed away on February 12, 2017, and I continue to mourn the loss of my mentor and dearly beloved friend every day. I truly feel his spirit encouraging me daily to continue walking this journey and following in his footsteps. Your contribution to this project will help me, along with Larry Williams, Mark Simmons, Joe Turano & John Calderon, to honor and preserve the memory, legacy and music of Al Jarreau. Other special guests on this project include, but are not limited to, Dave Koz, Greg Phillingaines, Paul Jackson Jr., Nathan East, Bobby Lyle, Gil Goldstein and more.

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    Digital download or hard copy of the new CD + CD booklet + a "thank you" email from Chris Walker, which will include photos from the session. Estimated Delivery Date: December 2018

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    DELUXE CD package = The new CD + CD booklet (personally signed by Chris Walker & Friends) + a "thank you" email which will include photos from the sessions and a recorded message + a “Chris Walker & Friends Tribute T-Shirt”. + Your name will be listed in the "Thank You" section of the liner notes of the CD booklet. Estimated Delivery Date: December 2018

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    60 minute BASS GUITAR or VOCAL LESSON

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    60 minute BASS GUITAR or VOCAL LESSON, via Skype, with Chris Walker + DELUXE CD package: The new CD, digital or hard copy + CD booklet (personally signed by Chris Walker & Friends) + a "thank you" email which will include photos from the sessions and a recorded message + a “Chris Walker & Friends Tribute T-Shirt”. + Your name will be listed in the "Thank You" section of the liner notes of the CD booklet. Estimated Delivery Date: Before December 2018

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    The new CD, digital or hard copy + CD booklet (personally signed by Chris Walker & Friends) + a "thank you" email which will include photos from the sessions and a recorded message + a “Chris Walker & Friends Tribute T-Shirt”. Plus 2 Tickets and 2 Backstage Passes to an upcoming 2019 Chris Walker Concert in your city. Estimated Delivery Date: December 2019

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    BIRTHDAY GIFT SPECIAL: Looking to give a unique and extra special birthday gift this year? How about a one-of-a-kind video of Chris Walker singing a song from Al’s many hits and dedicating it straight to your loved one. Chris will also perform "Happy Birthday" for that person, as an added bonus. You'll receive the video via digital download. You will also receive a hand-written birthday card! This is a great gift idea for someone really special.

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    CUSTOM SONG BY CHRIS WALKER. Chris Walker will compose and sing a unique song for someone special. Song will include a "personal dedication" from Chris to the person of your choice. (Not a work for hire, Chris retains ownership of the composition.) + DELUXE CD package.

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    PERSONAL CONCERT!! Chris Walker will come and perform a 30 min track show for your personal gathering (USA Only) + DELUXE CD package. Note: Backline provided by pledger and only available for private functions. No public advertising allowed.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!! You will receive Executive Producer Credit on the Tribute CD. You, and a guest, will be invited to attend one of the recording sessions and have dinner with Chris. Also, attend one of Chris’ live performances as his special guest.

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