Author: Ben Markley

Works Published by UNT Press

Cedar: The Life and Music of Cedar Walton

— Vol. 18: of North Texas Lives of Musicians Series

Published: May, 2023  Pages: 400  Features: 55 b&w illus. Notes. Bib. Index.

Grammy Award–winning pianist, bandleader, and composer Cedar Walton (1934–2013) is a major figure in jazz, associated with a variety of styles from bebop to funk and famous for composing several standards. Born and raised in Dallas, Walton studied music in Denver, where he jammed with musicians such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. In 1955, Walton moved to New York, immediately gaining recognition from notable musicians and nightclub proprietors. When Walton returned to the U.S. after serving abroad in the Army, he joined Benny Golson and Art Farmer’s Jazztet. Later, he became both pianist and arranger for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Next, he worked as part of Prestige Records’s house rhythm section, recording with numerous greats and releasing his own albums. more... about Cedar: The Life and Music of Cedar Walton