Walt Weiskopf on Practicing, Steely Dan, Composition, and More

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf has worked with legendary acts such as Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Steely Dan to name just a few. As a solo artist, he’s recorded fourteen critically acclaimed albums bringing onboard heavyweights such as Brad Mehldau, John Patitucci, Billy Drummond, Joe Locke, and Renee Rosnes among many others. Under the tutelage of clarinetist Leon Russianoff in 1988-89, Walt earned a Master of Arts in clarinet performance from Queens College of the City University of New York and has performed with a number of notable classical orchestras.

Walt is a distinguished composer who’s received multiple performance grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Chamber Music America.

On top of his performing and composing achievements, Walt has written 5 educational books including Intervalic Improvisation as well as Coltrane – A Players Guide to Understanding His Harmony .

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