Acclaimed US saxophonist Walter Smith III tours Europe to support his latest album, TWIO. Recognized as one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation, Walter has played with the likes of Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lynne Carrington, Bill Stewart and Ralph Peterson, and has been a member of several legendary American contemporary jazz groups, including Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland's "Voyager", Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet and the Christian McBride "Situation" to name just a few.
To date, he has appeared on over 100 recordings and performed at prominent venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. To provide further context, such is his formidable reputation that American jazz superstars Josh Redman and Christian McBride guested on Walter’s latest recording.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (where he earned his Master’s degree), Walter showed early promise when he was awarded the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship from the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) while still in high school, amongst many other distinguished awards and scholarships.
Stylistically, his range is vast, yet there is a timeless quality to his sound that makes it accessible to any jazz fan. For this 606 show, Walter will have two of the premiere jazz players on side: bass virtuoso (& Whirlwind label head) Michael Janisch, world-renowned drummer Eric Harland.
Part of the Cork Heritage pub trail, the Crane Lane Theatre is located in the remains of an old Gentleman's Club in the dead centre of Cork City and has been the scene of many a notorious event over the last 100 years. Featuring one of the most favoured Beer Gardens in Cork City centre and we continue to be inspired by the music of Mr. Tom Waits