Richard Walton Group | Biography
The release, "Live At Blues Alley", marks a new milestone for the Richard Walton Group. This 'enhanced', 5 song, all-original CD combines the energy, rawness & improvisation of their near sold-out debut performance at the legendary Washington jazz club. A successful release party (at Blues Alley) and a lot of newly written & unreleased studio material has kept the group fresh & highly visable. The added 'bonus' concert video footage on the CD represents the Group's musical connection with a live audience, something that the band's following has known for years.
The Richard Walton Group is an accomplished Mid-Atlantic based, award-winning original contemporary jazz group. Formed in 1991 after being chosen as a semi-finalist in a Mid-Atlantic Budweiser sponsorship, Richard and his band have gained regional and national recognition through airplay, songwriting contests, and performances. In 2006, The Richard Walton Group placed 3rd in the Music Monthly "Mid-Atlantic Reader's Polls" for Best Mid-Atlantic Instrumental Group. The group also received honorable mention in Music Monthly readers' polls as Best Mid-Atlantic Group (instrumental & jazz) during the late 1990's & 2004. The group's latest studio CD release, "Junction", has blessed the group reaching new audiences, supplemented with an array of high profile performances.
The group's performances include: CBS 60 Minutes II, 13th Floor Belvedere, 59 Lake, Allen Pond Park, Armadillos, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Waterfront Festival, Bare Bones Restaurant, Ben Brenman Park, Blues Alley Jazz & Supper Club, Borders Books & Music, Cacao Lane ,Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival, Centennial Lakefront Ampitheatre, Columbia Lakefront Concert Series, Crosstown Jam, Dorsey Search Village Center, Eden Cafe, Eight By Ten Club, The Ellicott Theatre, Emmanuel Church, Frogg Pond, Grace Fellowship Church, Grand Mason Lodge, Hickory Ridge Village Center, Hyperlight Artist Center, Jammin Java's, Kings Contrivance Village Center, Lexington Market, Long Reach Village Center, Lurman Woodland Theatre, Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel, Maryland Public Television, Mason District Park, Max’s On Broadway, Mill Towne Tavern, Mount Washington Jazz & Wine Festival, National Aquarium, Nottingham’s, Planet Music, Read Street Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, The Senator Theatre, Shark's Cove Restaurant, Spike & Charlies - Baltimore, State Of The Union, Stephen’s Hall Theatre, Tibre River Tavern, Towson State University, Towsontowne Festival, U.M.B.C, Viva Vienna Festival, Walters Art Museum, Waterfront Park, WRNR-FM Damian's Diner, WSMJ-FM Smooth Jazz Brunch, WTMD-FM Concert Of The Heart, WTMD-FM Homecoming.
Richard would like to thank the following musicians for their talents & contribution to the Richard Walton Group: Tom Alonso, Mallory Anthony, Bob Margolis, Andrew Davidsen, John Dayton, Joe Doyle, Bill Dumas, Deena Gift, John Grant, Kevin Hughes, Brian Jarboe, Eugene Jubilee, Dave Krug, Al Maniscalco, Dan Marcellus, David Meer, Gabrielle Murphy, Eric Robertson, Mitchell Shaivitz, Randy Smith, Steve Swan, Tim Tamassia, Rick Witkowski, and Jacob Yoffee.
Michael Bronson (lead guitar)
Michael Gottleib (keyboards)
Tecla Heuring (violin)
David Meer (co-composer, electric, acoustic & bass guitars, vocals)
Eric Robertson (co-composer, drums)
Mitchell Shaivitz (percussion)
Richard Walton (composer, bass & acoustic guitars, vocals)