Michael regularly performs in the jazz and new music idioms, rock and commercial styles, and in numerous jazz ensembles and big bands.
Michael is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
He has performed with various well known music groups such as The Temptations, Idina Menzel, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Doc Severinson, The Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, JAZZMN Big Band, The Minnesota Orchestra (Pops), Bob Hope, The Good Bad and the Funky, Sister Sledge, Franki Valli, Gladys Knight, Myron Floren, Artie Shaw Band, the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra, and others.
He is currently a member of the the JAZZAX Saxophone quartet. The JAZZAX Saxophone Quartet specializes in performing music that features improvisation, always creating spontaneous and engaging live performances.
After receiving his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1992, he worked as a musician for various cruise ship companies based in Miami, FL. He went on to obtain his Masters Degree in Music Education from UW-River Falls in 2002. He is currently an Instrumental Music Instructor for Stillwater Area Schools, Stillwater MN.
Michael is on the faculty of the SHELL LAKE ARTS CENTER. Michael teaches saxophone, jazz improvisation, and directs ensembles at the summer Jazz Ensemble Camps. He has been on the SLAC Jazz Faculty since 1991.
"Mike Walk is a world class performer and educator who has earned the respect of the musicians he has performed with him, and the countless number of students he has mentored. His knowledge of the saxophone and his ability to effectively implement concepts with students also makes him a fantastic clinician and guest artist." -Tom Luer, LA Saxophonist, tomluer.com www.reverbnation.com/tomluer
"Michael Walk - master saxophonist, woodwind performer, composer/arranger, and music educator - is a highly accomplished musician of multifaceted artistic expertise, expressive musical creativity, and impressive instrumental virtuosity." -David Milne, D.M.A. Professor of Music - Saxophone and Jazz Studies, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
“I thought (and heard the same thoughts from other directors) that the (USCVMA Honors) Jazz band was one of the best we've had in recent years. Your choice of music and style of teaching really worked well with our students.” Art Aytay, Band Director, Osceola High School
"Michael Walk is a superb teaching artist. His students and ensembles are always great examples of his inspired teaching. At the Shell Lake Arts Center Jazz Camps his work, especially with young students, is remarkable. Mike is a great educator...organized, inspiring and a joy to work with!" -Greg Keel, Twin Cities Saxophonist, MacPhail, Carleton College, Hamline University
"I've been taking alto sax lessons for almost two years with Mike Walk. He is good at teaching both jazz and classical. He always makes sure I improve and that I have a good time playing." -Carl Gross, age 12
"Having a private lessons teacher who is very knowledgeable;e and skilled in jazz music has greatly improved my improv skills and has inspired me to pursuit jazz studies into college." -Anna Novaleny, Stillwater High School Bari Saxophonist
Yamaha 62 (Seriel #4000's),
Mpc: JodyJazz HR* 6*
Reeds: Rigotti Gold #3.5 Medium
Selmer Mark VI (#104,000's)
Mpc: Meyer (NY) #6 Large Chamber
Reeds: Rigotti Gold 3.5 Medium
Lead Alto: JodyJazz HR* 7
Reeds: Rigotti Gold #3 Strong
Selmer Mark VI (#105,000's)
Mpc: JodyJazz HR* 7*
Rock: SR Technologies "Pro"
Reeds: Rigotti Gold #3 Medium
Mpc: VanDoren v16 HR #9
Reeds: Rigotti Gold #3 Medium
Rock: Berg Larsen Metal 115/0, Rico Plasticover #2's
by John Coltrane
arr. Mike Walk
All parts performed by Mike Walk.
Composed by Laura Caviani
Performed by the JAZZAX Sax Quartet
Dave Milne, Soprano
Mike Walk, Alto
Pete Whitman, Tenor
Greg Keel, Bari
Written by: Russ Freeman
Alto Solo with the JAZZAX Sax Quartet.
Dave Milne: Soprano/Alto
Mike Walk: Alto
Pete Whitman: Tenor
Greg Keel: Bari
As performed by Cannonball Adderley
Recorded in 1991 while in college, with friends:
Reid Anderson, Bass
Ethan Iverson, Piano
Chris "Chicken" Wise, Drums
Feel free to download my view's on teaching Jazz Improvisation via downloading my Research Paper:
Jammin' on "Deck the Halls"
With Tenor Saxophonist Sue Orfield and the CVJO (2017)
"Octabop" by, Dave Milne w/JAZZAX
Promoting "Sax Day" at KARE 11
Do you have questions, want to book a show, or are you interested in Saxophone or Clarinet Lessons? Reach out and let's make it happen.
All the Best,