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Kirk Whalum



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  • Artist URL

    http://music.blackplanet.com/kirkwhalum/

  • Member Since:

    December 19, 2006

  • Last Login:

    March 28, 2007

  • Hails From:

    Memphis, TN

  • Genre:

    Jazz, Soul

  • Musical Influences:

    Aretha Franklin, Arnette Cobb, Grover Washington, Hank Crawford, Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Ronnie Laws, Soweto Kinch and Kenny Garrett., Whitney Houston (performed with her for 7 years), Wilton Felder, and more recently

  • Label Type:

    Indie

  • Label Name:

    RENDEZVOUS ENTERTAINMENT

  • Website:

    http://kirk@rendezvousmusic.com


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  • Total Songs Added:

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about the artist

kirk whalum performs the babyface songbook -- rendezvous entertainment -- kirkwhalum.com I love LOVE what I do! I have the best job in the world. It can be really hard at times, especially being away from my girlfriend (she's also my wife) and our kids and grandson. But I still love it. My philosophy of "the big break" comes from my actual story. I was fronting my own band (by God's grace and utilizing the gifts He graciously gave me) in Houston, Texas at a club called Cody's in the mid-80's when I got a call to open a concert at a theater (oooh, big stuff!) for Bob James (oooh, even cooler)! My band and I had been fine-tuning our music and working REALLY hard for over 2 years in all kinds of funky situations before this magical call came in. But when it did...we were ready! We had learned not to get our hopes up because we had opened a few concerts before -- no big break happened. Not even a little one! So we just took the stage and did what we do -- no expectations. Little did we know that God's hand was already at work and that night became my big night! I got a call from Bob's manager that next week asking if I could come to New York and record with him on his album (no CD's at the time!) called "12." Of course I said yes and the rest is history. Touring the US, Europe, Japan with him, signing my own deal with Bob as producer, etc. It all started that night! BTW, I now have 18 solo or collaborative CD's! But here's the deal: It didn't really start that night. It started with us giving our all in the "small" places. There's a proverb in the bible (my favorite book) that puts it like this: If you'll be faithful in the small things, God will give you bigger things to do!" (my paraphrase) Don't spend too much time networking and posturing and worrying about how you can get "the big break." Spend that time fine-tuning your game -- practicing, studying, private lessons, college...whatever it means for you. And make real sure you attack each EACH performance opportunity with hard work and preparation. And remember; it's not WHETHER the break will happen, it's whether or not you'll be READY when it does! Kirk out PS. Drop by kirkwhalum.com for my full bio -- and some cool pictures of me doing what I do! Ciao

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December 20, 2006

Kirk is Performing at

12/20/2006 08:00 PM - The Mesa Arts Center , Mesa, AZ - Cool Jazz Christmas with David Benoit, Jonathan Butler and Michael Franks! 12/21/2006 08:00 PM - Cerritos Performing Arts Center , Cerritos, CA - Cool Jazz Christmas with David Benoit, Jonathan Butler and Michael Franks! 12/31/2006 08:00 PM - Seldom Blues Cafe , Detroit, MI - Cool Jazz Christmas with David Benoit, Jonathan Butler and Michael Franks!

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CynthiaMarciaBall
CynthiaMarci...

Female, Age Private, Brooklyn, NY

Posted April 27, 2011


Hello Kirk

Love your sngle "When Can I See You" thanks for sharing.
http://www.urbanprofessionals. com/5_member_details.php?mem_i d=6078

Best,
Cynthia Marcia Ball


bourbon2314
bourbon2314

Female, Age Private, Philadelphia, PA

Posted November 29, 2009


LOVE YOUR MUSICS


tenorsax1
tenorsax1

Male, 59, Goodlettsville, TN

Posted July 31, 2009


Hey Kirk this is your boy Harold from Nashville. Man I miss you around here. I remember visiting you at your home in Franklin about 7 years ago. When are you coming back to Nashville or the Nashville jazz workshop. Email me at: haroldsimmons51@yahoo.com. Be blessed!


DuaneParham
DuaneParham

Male, 66, Detroit, MI

Posted December 09, 2008


The last time you were here in Detroit, at Frank Taylor church i was there taking notes. I set in the front role next to your wife, I didn't tell you that when we meet, but Frank Taylor always talks good about you and Kim Waters, you are the turth!!!

I play at his restaurant club Seldon Blues frequently with my band. I am just soooo grateful to have met you, you are the real dill and a blessed player one of my paradigm!!!!!!!!!!!

John 3:16,

DuaneParham.net


Belinda4Warden
Belinda4Warden

Female, 53, Bound Brook, NJ

Posted December 06, 2008


kirk
I LOVE YOU!!!! Brilliance..............

Looking forward to more of you and that sax!!!!

B


Xpnsve1
Xpnsve1

Female, 63, Harrisburg, PA

Posted December 02, 2008


Kirk, you are wonderful, you make beautiful music Keep on doing what you do!!!!!!


pammie_99hot
pammie_99hot

Female, 53, United Kingdom

Posted September 21, 2008


i love your music keep up the good work
stay blessed
pammie


COMBS61
COMBS61

Female, Age Private, Groveport, OH

Posted July 25, 2008


Hello Kirk, and fans of Kirk Whalum. Am I allow to be an adult and say" Kirk Whalum makes love to his Sax, when he plays it. Now take it for what it's worth, and not take this out of context." Kirk is truly a giftsed Sax player, that's what i'm saying! He doesn't just play, he make sounds come from that Sax, like only he can do... Keep making love through your gift, of music.

Dee Dee


ORIGINALPRECIOUSP
ORIGINALPREC...

Female, Age Private, Texarkana, TX

Posted July 19, 2008


MR. KRK!!!!

YOUR INSTRUMENT REALLY TALKS TO THE SOUL OF MINE.
I ENJOY EVERY ONE OF YOUR SOUNDS & I ALWAYS & FOREVER WILL. KEEP ON BLESSING US THE MORE PLEASE.....WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE SOUL CONNECTION!!


jus2pretti4u
jus2pretti4u

Female, Age Private, Paterson, NJ

Posted March 18, 2008


I think your an excellent musician. Keep up the good work and God Bless You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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