Rich Walker Quartet

Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts, 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park

Maestro guitarist/vocalist Rich Walker, and his quartet show us all a swinging good time.

It is obvious when one listens to Rich play that his roots are in the blues, citing his major vocal influences as Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter and Al Jarreau. Anyone with a love for, or a background in jazz will hear the influence of Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and George Benson in Rich's guitar playing.

Rich is a familiar face in many of Central Florida's jazz clubs such as Valentyne's, Dexter's and the Joshua Tree. He has also played the Kool Jazz Festival, The Clearwater Jazz Festival, The Orlando Jazz Fest and the Cocoa Beach Jazz Festival. Rich has recorded recently with Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marion McPartland and Nick Brignola. Although Rich is a guitarist, he feels his most profound musical influence was that of the late saxophonist John Coltrane and "the music he left behind for us to learn."

Featuring Mark McKee, Jeff Green, and Walt Hubbard.