Sep 23, 2017

Kareem Walkes

New York native Kareem Walkes has been breathing powerful, soulful, raw energy into his saxophone and out for the world to hear since the age of 18. Kareem's musical journey began as a star tenor saxophonist with his high school band and then quickly sky-rocketed. Soon thereafter, Kareem shared a televised musical stage with a tremendous gathering of jazz legends, including Harold Ousley, Sonny Rollins, Benny Waters, Lionel Hampton, and G. Earl Grice to name a few on the cable program “Harold Ousley & His Circle of Friends”. Kareem's mastery of the soprano saxophone earned him the laudable nickname “the Black Kenny G" and as a smooth jazz soprano saxophonist, Kareem has recorded 2 albums entitled "Passion" and "Sax and the City." Early this year, Kareem will begin recording 2 new albums for release in 2012. “Grown & Saxy” a smooth jazz album, and “Bringin‘ back the Funk” a brand new Loose Booty Album with never before heard Original songs. Never to be limited, Kareem's broad style of play includes funk, rock, blues, and gospel. From 2003 to 2005, he held the resident saxophonist position at West Baptist Church where, along side Victor Washington, his uplifting soprano saxophone led the church choir to new heights. Currently, he fronts one of New York City's finest funk bands, Loose Booty whose sound is unparalleled pure, funky, high energy. Kareem continues to perform with various well-known artists in and around the New York City area , and the world including Milo Z, Jerry Dugger, Li’nard, Antar Goodwin, Shareef Clayton Tanya Michelle, Chrissy Poland, Last Tribe NYC, The Bleecker Street All-Stars, Days of Wild, Yazmin' All Stars, lliquid, River cat, Bohack, High road, 3121, RPM, Sly Geralds Band, Cindy Bradley, Yaz Band, The Unionn, Cheryl “Pepsi” Riley, Dean Scala Band, Richard Lee, Dave Kolker, Junior Mac, Grant Green Jr., Slam Allen and the incomparable blues legend Moe Holmes. He has also performed with J. Records recording star Gavin DeGraw, as well as Grammy Award Winning Artist John Mayer as well as Grammy nominated artists Joss Stone and music icon Cyndi Lauper. Currently Kareem is performing with blues star Cyril Neville Of The Neville Brothers and The Funky Meters. He is also the Horn Section Leader for Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project . Kareem still finds time to explore his love of musical theater having spent the past four seasons as the Theater for the New City's Assistant Musical Director and resident saxophonist and keyboardist. Beyond performing, Kareem is currently producing and writing music for soulful newcomer Rhoda Nkojo's 3rd solo album, "All or Nothing". Kareem also wrote for and produced Rhoda’s Previous albums both of which were Nominated for several music awards including IMA’s (Independent Music Award) for R&B Album of the Year, Best New R&B/Pop Artist and Best Female Pop Song. A composer, producer, and a self-taught pianist, Kareem's musicality stems from a place of raw passion and desire to create truly unique and superior music.

Sample Setlist

1. Love On Top - Beyonce
2. Say - John Mayer
3. Pass The Peas - Maceo Parker
4. We Found Love - Rihanna
5. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
6. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
7. Remember The Time - Michael Jackson
8. Winelight - Grover Washington Jr
9. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
10. Purple Rain - Prince
11. Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan 
12. I keep Forgettin' - Michael McDonald 
13. Halo - Beyonce 
14. Mr. Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
15. Footprints - Wayne Shorter


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