available as downloads on itunes and as CDs from the artist
Ben Walker was born Benjamin Ward in London, England in 1968, moving to the county of Suffolk in 1980. He studied classical piano at Colchester Institute, jazz piano at Leeds College of Music and jazz singing and mandolin at Middlesex University and William Paterson College, New Jersey, gaining a first class degree in Performance Arts from Middlesex University in 1994.
Walker started performing original music solo in Suffolk pubs age 17, eventually becoming involved in folk sessions and mandolin playing while studying jazz and classical music formally. A period as a jobbing musician ended in 1998 with a move to Bradford, West Yorkshire and a succession of office jobs, which funded and partly inspired Walker’s self-released debut CD ‘Bahaudin’.
Between 2002 and 2010 Walker played gigs and made appearances in West Yorkshire, Suffolk, London, New Jersey and Toronto and toured the former soviet republic of Georgia with singing group Samzeo in 2009 before moving to Toronto, Canada in 2010.
Ben Walker has recorded 4 albums and 1 EP, working with members of Lindisfarne, 10cc, New Model Army, Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and The Sunparlour Players as well as noted jazz and folk musicians Nigel Stonier, Patrick Naylor, Kevin James and David French. His current live band is the Toronto-based Ben Walker Project. Ben also teaches jazz singing and has a song included in the upcoming TV show ‘Lost and Found Music Studios’, to be aired on The Family Channel in 2016.
Music lessons in Toronto with Ben Walker:
- Jazz/Folk/Rock Singing
- Classical/Improv Piano or Keyboards
- Folk Guitar or Mandolin
- Music Theory (any level)
Current Rates are:
20$ per 30 minute lesson at my studio in west Toronto
30$ per 30 minute lesson in your home (GTA only, variable depending on your location)