Kirk Whalum

'The Sax Loft': Grammy-award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum partners with fellow musicians for virtual 'woodshed'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — World-renowned saxophonist and Memphis-native Kirk Whalum is all about access. In all his travel, tours and accomplishment, he is learned the importance of community. That is why he and two other saxophonists have created The Sax Loft—an instructional and virtual space aimed to promote comfort, creativity...
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Live At 9: Kafé Kirk with Kirk Whalum and Avery*Sunshine

Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum put his monthly Jazz series at Crosstown Theater on hold because of the pandemic. Now, he’s back and he will have some company on April 3rd. Singer-Songwriter Avery Sunshine will bring her soulful sounds to the Bluff City this weekend along with Kirk. Both joined Live at 9 to talk about how this Kafé Kirk performance came together.
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Kirk Whalum talks about Christmas carols

A Memphis music legend brings more than just a simple melody to our holiday. Kirk Whalum joined us live, talking about Christmas and the deeper meaning of those carols we’ve all sung for so many years.

Kirk Whalum and Kortland Whalum give a Christmas sound

(December 1, 2021) Christmas is a family holiday because family is central to the celebration. It is, after all, the celebration of a birth. The inability for so many people to be around family members - or the risk assumed by those who decided to gather - made last Christmas so difficult, and gathering as a family (hopefully) this year will definitely give Christmas 2021 a deeper significance.

Song of the Day: Kirk Whalum, “All I Want for Christmas”

How Does Christmas Sound? is Kirk Whalum’s second holiday-themed album. Released on September 10 via Artistry/Mack Avenue, it finds the GRAMMY-winning saxophonist exploring a more spiritual, introspective sound for Christmas, acknowledging the melancholy that often accompanies the Yuletide and the faith that is so central to his own celebrations. His forlorn treatment of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” is perhaps the album’s most unexpected track. Whalum’s reverently slow version becomes a song of faith, directed to the saxophonist’s savior rather than a Yuletide lover. Order How Does Christmas Sound? Here.

Pat Prescott talks upcoming projects with Kirk Whalum

Kirk Whalum is feeling the love this summer as he tours with Dave Koz and The Summer Horns. This time Kirk is joining Dave as they return to touring post-pandemic along with Mindi Abair and Vincent Ingala. We caught their show at the Hollywood Bowl and look forward to seeing them again this Friday, September 10th at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. We talked about touring, about the ups and downs of 2020, and Kirk's brand new global project "Humanité". Listen in, check on the new release, and for all things Whalum click HERE.

Marcus Miller | Keiko Matsui | Kirk Whalum |Marcus Anderson | CeeLo Green

Marcus Miller | Keiko Matsui |Kirk Whalum |Marcus Anderson and CeeLo Green| Jazz Legacy Uncut: Adrian Crutchfield-BK Jackson & Special Guest. Jazz Legacy Foundation Decade of Excellence Fundraising Gala Part 1. Marcus Miller | Keiko Matsui & Kirk Whalum | Marcus Anderson with Ceelo Green| Jazz Legacy Uncut Featuring Adrian...