New York-based saxophonist Walter Blanding brings his music to Foundry616 on Thursday the 24th of January, joining drummer Andrew Dickeson for his only club performance. Blandings has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1998 and has performed, toured and/or recorded with his own groups and with such renowned artists as Cab Calloway, Roy Hargrove, Hilton Ruiz, Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet, Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Roberts, Wynton Marsalis Quintet and Isaac Hayes.
Walter Blanding was born into a musical family on August 14, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio. He began playing the saxophone at age six and by age 16, he was performing regularly with his parents at the Village Gate. Blanding attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and continued his studies at the New School for Social Research where he earned a B.F.A. in 2005. His 1991 debut release, Tough Young Tenors, was acclaimed as one of the best jazz albums of the year, and his artistry began to impress listeners and critics alike.
When Blanding lived Israel for four years, he taught music in several Israeli schools and eventually opened his own private school in Tel Aviv. During this period, Newsweek International called him a “Jazz Ambassador to Israel.”
Drummer/bandleader/educator Andrew Dickeson has been at the forefront of the Australian jazz scene for over 30 years, being widely recognised for his swinging, musical style. The duo will also be joined by Ashley Turner on bass and Wayne Kelly on piano.
Andrew Dickeson will also be performing at The Foundry616 on the 23rd of January with a tribute to Art Blakey.