Kirk Whalum: A Soulful Life
- Thursday, November 9, 2023 7:00PM 7:00 PM Buy Tickets
Join us for a soulful evening of music and conversation with Grammy award-winning jazz legend and storyteller, Kirk Whalum. With a unique sound forged in his Memphis, TN gospel roots, Whalum has more than 25 solo albums and has performed with top artists like Barbara Streisand, Luthor Vandross and, most notably, Whitney Houston (his saxophone solo is featured in Houston’s mega hit “I Will Always Love You”). He is also an ordained minister and a recent convert to Catholicism. The evening will offer a rare and intimate opportunity for this dynamic, world-class musician-songwriter to share reflections on his celebrated career and personal faith journey – and the interplay between creativity and spirituality.
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About Kirk Whalum
Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his“voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which ledto five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk andBob receiveda Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip. After moving to LosAngeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career highpoint with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the mostsuccessful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic, and much lauded, Gospel According to Jazz series, (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4). In addition to his many solo projects, Kirk was also amember of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W”of the group with Rick Braun(trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).
An ordained minister, Kirk has earned a Masters of Art in Religion. It’s in this spirit that he serves his community in various ways when his touring schedule allows. There is also his daily fifteen-minute podcast, Bible In Your Ear (BIYE), in which he invites you to listen along as he reads through the Bible in a year.In addition to his music andministry, Kirk has a podcast entitled Humans Being with KirkWhalum, as well as the Memphis X Whalum series on YouTube. Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence includingthree Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. A twelve time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award (2011) for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do – featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted songwriter, Jerry Peters. In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is asound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.