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Kirk Whalum

An American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter.

He toured as Whitney Houston's opening act for several years. Whalum has also recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz. Kirk’s musical accomplishments have brought him a total of seven Grammy nominations.

In addition to singing in his father's church choir, Whalum also learned to love music from his grandmother, Thelma Twigg Whalum, a piano teacher, and two uncles, Wendell Whalum and Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum, who performed with jazz bands around the country.

The '90s also brought Whalum an amazingly diverse series of session and touring jobs, working with artists like Whitney Houston, Willie Norwood, Babyface, Nancy Wilson, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Barbra Streisand, Edwin Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Al Green, and Luther Vandross. He also has worked on a number of film scores, including those for The Prince of Tides, Boyz in the Hood, The Bodyguard, Grand Canyon, and Cousins (film).

Part discography includes:

Floppy Disk (1985)
And You Know That (1988)
The Promise (1989)
Cache (1993)
In This Life (1995)
Joined at the Hip w/ Bob James (1996)
Colors (1997)
Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 1 (1998)
For You (1998)
Unconditional (2000)
Hymns In The Garden (2000)
The Christmas Message (2001)
The Best of Kirk Whalum (2002)
Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter 2 (2002)
Into My Soul (2003)
Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook (2005)
Ultimate Kirk Whalum (2007)
Roundtrip (2007)
The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III (2008)

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