Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Walrath, Jack (Jack Arthur Walrath Jr.)
Walrath, Jack [Jack Arthur Walrath Jr.], trumpet, composer, conductor, arranger, educator, author; b. Stuart, FL, 5 May 1946. His father is Jack Arthur Walrath, born Aug. 28, 1921 Eagleton, Canada. His mother is Velma Davis, born May 29, 1924 West Palm Beach, Florida. Walrath started playing the trumpet at the age of 9 in 1955 while living in Edgar, Montana, a bustling metropolis with the population of 100 (It has since become virtually a ghost town!). He developed a healthy perception of music from lack of negative peer pressure which so often happens in cities. In, 1964 after graduating from Joliet, MT. Highschool, he attended the Berklee College of Music graduating in 1968 with a composition diploma. The diploma program was chosen over that of the degree in order to have classes only of music, therefore actually learning more about music than if he went for a degree!
Walrath's talents have been utilized by Charles Mingus, Mike Clark, Ray Charles, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ricky Ford, Sam Rivers, Joe Morello, Charli Persip, Miles Davis, Quincey Jones, Ray Anderson, George Gruntz, Paul Jeffrey, Gunther Schuller, Hal Galper, the Monk Tentet, Bobby Watson, et al. He has appeared in films, TV and Radio both as a sideman and leader since 1965. He has released 22 record albums as a leader. He teaches Master classes, clinics and residencies in the US and abroad.
He has written compositions and arrangements for Mingus, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, Cecil Brooks III, the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, WDR, NDR, UMO Orchestra, Catania City Jazz Orchestra, Charli Persip Superband, Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, et al. He has also appeared as a featured artist with most of the above. He was the featured artist with the radio broadcast of the 50th anniversary of the NDR.
In addition to leading his own jazz groups, The Jack Walrath Group (featuring Mike Clark), Wholly Trinity, Hard Corps, The Masters Of Suspense, and a quintet (which, along with Mike Clark and Paul Jackson experimented with rhythms that were to be explored further when Clark and Jackson joined Herbie Hancock's Headhunters), he was also leader of the Mingus Dynasty and The Charles Mingus Big Band. In addition, he has conducted the aforementioned European orchestras and conducted the Mingus work "Epitaph" with the Tucson Jazz Society.
He has received composition grants from the National Endowment For The Arts, the Aaron Copland Composition Grant and from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust. He has received performance grants from the NEA and Quad City Arts. He has had compositions/arrangements commissioned for virtually every instrumental combination from symphony orchestra to solo piano.
Invasion Of The Booty Shakers; W/Upper Austrian Jazz Orch; Journey, Man!; Solidarity; Vongole!; Godzilla Jazz; Get Hit In Your Soul; I Am The Walrath; Duplexus - Sonage (With Corrado Canonici); Portraits In Ivory And Brass; The Art Of The Ballad; Jack Walrath & A-Free-Ka; Neohippus; Master Of Suspense (Grammy Nominee); Wholly Trinity; Out Of The Tradition; Gut Feelings; Serious Hang; Blue Note 50th Anniversary; Mingus Dynasty - The New Generation; Jack Walrath's Quintet; Demons In Pursuit; Revenge Of The Fat People; A Plea For Sanity; Live In Europe; Hi Jinx; Yule Be Boppin' (With Bobby Watson); The Blue Note Years - Now As Then (With Watson); Jack Walrath At Umbria (Vols. 1 & 2); Killer Bunnies (& Spirit Level); Montana; Sicilian Jazz Collection Vol.2 (With Catania City Brass Orch.)
Charles Mingus: Unissued Quintets, Spain '77, Stormy & Funky Blues, Thirteen Pictures, His Final Work, Epitaph, Changes One, Changes Two, Three Or Four Shades Of Blues, Cumbia And Jazz Fusion, Me Myself An Eye, Something Like A Bird, Passions Of A Man, Memorial Album, The Sound Of Jazz, Keystone, Jazz Greats, I Grandi Del Jazz;
Miles Davis: At Montreux; George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band: Live In China; The Jazz Tribe: The Jazz Tibe, He Next Step; Cecil Brooks: Live At Trumpets; Suzanne Pittson: Blues And The Abstract Truth; Richie Cole: Kush: Chet Baker: After Hours Part 2; Satoko Fuji: Jo; Rebecca Kane: A Deeper Well; Hamiet Bluiett: Young Warrior, Old Warrior; Herbie Kopf: Who Shot The Piano Player?,
Schaffhauser Jazz Festival; Frank Lowe: Soul Folks; Paul Nash: The Soul Of Grace; Tim Richards: Great Spirit; Rick Wald: Aural Hieroglyphics; Joe Lovano: Rush Hour; Burhan Ocal/Jamaaledeen Tacuma: Groove Alla Turca; Paul Nash: The Soul Of Grace; Doug Sahm And Band; King Errison: The King Arrives; Lou Rawls: At Last, It's Supposed To Be Fun; Muhal Richard Abrams: Hearinga Suite, Blu Blu Blu, Familytalk; Saheb Sarbib: Live At The Public Theater; Bob Nell: Why I Like Coffee; Charlie Persip: No Dummies Allowed, In Case You Missed It; Charli Persip/Gerry Lafurn Superband; John Tank: So In Love; Mike Clark: Give The Drummer Some, New York Funk; Various Artists: Jazz, Funk And Composers Of Distinction; Pee Wee Ellis: Blues Mission; Dannie Richmond: Live At Munster, Dionysus, Plays Charles Mingus, Jazz A Confronto, Dannie Richmond Quintet; Ray Charles: Jazz Number Ii; Ricky Ford: Tenor For The Times; Lucy Fabery; Roger Colas; Charles Mingus Big Band: Nostalgia In Times Square; Manhattan New Music Project: Mood Swing; The New York Composer's Orchestra; Sam Rivers' Rivbea Orchestra; Lionel Hampton: Giants Of Jazz Vol. 2, Presents The Music Of Charles Mingus; Gerry Mulligan And Lionel Hampton: Gerry Meets Hamp; Gerry Mulligan: The Great Horns; John Hicks And Elise Wood: The Single Petal Of A Rose; Taller De Musics Orchestra: Neptuno Blues; Various Artists: Jazz In The Classroom Vol. Xii; James White And The Blacks: Sax Maniac
As a composer/arranger:
Vaughn Nark; Red Rodney - Ira Sullivan: Live At The Village Vanguard; Ira Sullivan: The Incredible Ira Sullivan Plays; Red Rodney: Hi Jinx At The Vanguard, Hey, Chood; Henry Franklin: The Hunter; Charles Mingus Big Band: Gunslinging Birds
He has done radio shows for NPR, UMO, WDR, NDR Japan, Europe, South America, etc.
Todo Modo; Cocaine; Roxbury; Charles Mingus; Refleo De Un Deseo (Appears In Film); In The Soup; Weird Nightmare; Epitaph; Tam Gram; Guy Hanks (Bill Cosby Mystery Movie); Homicide: Life On The Street
He has written liner notes and articles for Downbeat and the Music Review and for 1 and 1/2 years was a columnist for the International Musician And Recording World.
He has been the subject of feature articles in virtually every major jazz trade magazine including Jazziz, Downbeat, Music Review, Jazztimes, Cadence, Music Paper, Hothouse, Jazz Emporium, Jazz Forum, et al. He has had reviews and appeared in many of the major newspapers around the world. In addition he has biographies and reviews in many books and record guides.