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Myron Walden

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Myron Walden was born on October 18, 1972 in Miami, Florida. At the age of 12 his family moved to the Bronx, New York. It was shortly after his arrival in New York that he stumbled on the recordings of Charlie Parker. He knew right then and there that he was to become an alto saxophonist. Although “Bird” was the gateway to his musical career, Myron strongly feels that he has been influenced by “everyone and everything that I have ever heard, seen and experienced.”

Myron attended LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts and was also involved in programs such as the Jazz Mobile Workshop and Harlem School of the Arts. Under the guidance of Justin DiCioccio, he became an integral part of the LaGuardia Senior Jazz Band and the LaGuardia Jazz Sextet. During this time he was also a part of the All City Jazz Band, the McDonald’s Tri-State Jazz Band, and the All State Jazz Ensemble.

Myron went on to the Manhattan School of Music where he studied privately with John Purcell while taking group lessons with the great Barry Harris. He also gained his musical knowledge through Yusef Lateef, Charles Davis, J.D. Parran, Peter Yellin, Vincent Herring and Professor Donald Byrd during this period.

In 1993, he won the prestigious Charlie Parker Competition and was featured at “Jazz at the Lincoln Center.” This inevitable yet prominent feat paved a way for Myron to add to his resume abundant experiences with major talents of jazz music: Nat Adderley

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  • gakko

    Popplagi West knows what he´s talking about! Myron Waldens voice is strong, beautiful and unique. He´s got everything, except maybe a large audience. 95 percent of the jazzaudience seems to prefer to stay on the welltravelled paths...

    23 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PopplagiWest

    He plays like Coltrane, live - and there is only one other saxophonist I have ever said that about. After seeing him perform with Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, I am further convinced that the best is yet to come from this rare 35 year old talent. Explosive and reserved, honest and severe, his playing isn’t afraid of anything and he listens to the moment.

    22 Jun 2008 Reply