“Blues Walk”: From Lou Donaldson to Lincoln Center

Blues Walk is the title track from a celebrated 1958 album by jazz alto saxophonist, Lou Donaldson. Known for a “soulful, bluesy approach,” Donaldson’s style of playing was heavily influenced by the bebop of Charlie Parker. The addition of conga drums, performed on the Blues Walk album by Ray Barretto, gave Lou Donaldson’s band a distinct sound. Later albums used an electric organ as a substitute for the piano.

Here is a performance of Blues Walk featuring Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The alto saxophone solo is played by Sherman Irby and the trumpet solo is by Marcus Printup:

A musician’s whole life is to listen.

-Wynton Marsalis

Here is the original 1958 recording by Lou Donaldson:


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About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

2 thoughts on ““Blues Walk”: From Lou Donaldson to Lincoln Center”

  1. you need “Angelina Jordan” at any future concert that is given. this will then ensure maximum enjoyment, ( she is a Norweigian No. 1 top jazz and everything else “wonder child” singer.— now only 15 years old– voted by the experts as the best in the world.)


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