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(1.) James "Jim" Walker is an American flutist and educator. He is 72 years old (as of January 2017). He is the former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the founder of the jazz quartet Free Flight. Since 1984, he has focused most of his attention on jazz performance and flute pedagogy.
Walker was raised in Greenville, Kentucky and graduated from Central City High School in Central City, Kentucky.[1]
He attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with Honors.
After graduation, Jim joined the United States Military Academy Band at West Point; at the same time, he studied flute with Harold Bennett, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Other significant teachers have been Sarah Fouse, Francis Fuge, James Pellerite, and Claude Monteux.
In 1969, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as associate principal flutist. After eight years in Pittsburgh, Zubin Mehta appointed him to be principal flutist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he held from 1977 until 1984. In addition, he played principal flute for the New York Philharmonic (under Mehta) for that orchestra's 1982 South American tour.
Jazz career[edit]
In 1980, Walker organized a jazz quartet featuring flute, piano, bass and drums. This group later become known as Free Flight. In 1984, he left the Los Angeles Philharmonic to concentrate on his work with the quartet and to do freelance work in Southern California and beyond. As Zan Stewart reported in 1987: "After 15 years as a classical player, it was enough", Walker said. "In the beginning, I felt I was playing honest, wonderfully inspiring music. But after hundreds of repetitions, it wasn't so inspiring."[2]
He has collaborated with many other flutists including James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal, and has also worked with other well-known musicians including Wayne Shorter, Leonard Bernstein, Dudley Moore and many others in concert and recordings.
Educational positions[edit]
He is currently on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School.
He has been visiting professor at Duquesne University, The University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.
In addition he has conducted flute master classes and clinics in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Japan and Russia.

(2) Jim Walker, born 1965 - 80|James "Jim" Walker is an American flutist and educator. He is 72 years old (as of January 2017). He is the former Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the founder of the jazz quartet Free Flight. Since 1984, he has focused most of his attention on jazz performance and flute pedagogy.
Contents [hide]
1Biography
1.1Early life
1.2Jazz career
1.3Educational positions
1.4Recordings
2References
3External links
Biography[edit]
Early life[edit]
Walker was raised in Greenville, Kentucky and graduated from Central City High School in Central City, Kentucky.[1]
He attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with Honors.
After graduation, Jim joined the United States Military Academy Band at West Point; at the same time, he studied flute with Harold Bennett, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Other significant teachers have been Sarah Fouse, Francis Fuge, James Pellerite, and Claude Monteux.
In 1969, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as associate principal flutist. After eight years in Pittsburgh, Zubin Mehta appointed him to be principal flutist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he held from 1977 until 1984. In addition, he played principal flute for the New York Philharmonic (under Mehta) for that orchestra's 1982 South American tour.
Jazz career[edit]
In 1980, Walker organized a jazz quartet featuring flute, piano, bass and drums. This group later become known as Free Flight. In 1984, he left the Los Angeles Philharmonic to concentrate on his work with the quartet and to do freelance work in Southern California and beyond. As Zan Stewart reported in 1987: "After 15 years as a classical player, it was enough", Walker said. "In the beginning, I felt I was playing honest, wonderfully inspiring music. But after hundreds of repetitions, it wasn't so inspiring."[2]
He has collaborated with many other flutists including James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal, and has also worked with other well-known musicians including Wayne Shorter, Leonard Bernstein, Dudley Moore and many others in concert and recordings.
Educational positions[edit]
He is currently on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School.
He has been visiting professor at Duquesne University, The University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University.
In addition he has conducted flute master classes and clinics in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Japan and Russia.

(2) Jim Walker - born 1965 - Rock 80's Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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