Michelle Walker Performs Live @ THE BAR NEXT DOOR Monday March 16, 2009
Vocalist Michelle Walker returns to one of her favorite performance rooms, the Bar Next Door for an intimate evening of live jazz vocals.
The Bar Next Door is one of the smaller and most intimate settings for serious jazz in Manhattan...[and]...is a perfect setting to enjoy richly textured music. The Bar Next Door has been home to some of the most outstanding musicians, instrumental and vocal, working today.
The Bar Next Door
Jazz Bar & Lounge
129 MacDougal St. New York, NY 10012
$10 Cover, Drink Min.
John Hart ~ Guitar
Bill Moring ~ Bass
It is easy to see why this is looking to become a breakout year for jazz vocalist Michelle Walker. Coming off the heals of an extraordinary 2008 touring season, Walker performed concerts in Moscow, Tel Aviv, and most recently at the Black Rock Performing Arts Center outside Washington, DC.
Wlaker helped kick off the 2008 concert season which has featured Russell Malone, Rene Marie, Cyrus Chestnut and Ravi Coltrane. Walker was among some jazz veterns performing in the tour including Kenny Werner, Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, David Hazeltine and Jimmy Greene to perform at the Hot Jazz Concert Series. She was one of the first vocalists asked to perform.
Each of the five concerts throughout Israel was to sold-out, standing room only crowds of 800+ attendees and the featured show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art was broadcast live on Israel National Radio.
Michelle is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone. Her performance resume includes concert and festival performances opening in concert for Wynton Marsalis, Rene Marie, Terrell Stafford, Chris Botti, George Benson and Mark Murphy.
Her arrangements of straight-ahead standards and contemporary pop tunes blend genres effortlessly and with a fresh level of originality that is solidifying her own distinctive sound. Dave Nathan at AllAboutJazz.com says, Walker demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality. According to Mike Joyce of the Washington Post, the hypnotic, sexy, deep tone of Michelle's voice has a soul-comforting allure.