Robert Walter and Stanton Moore @ The Howlin' Wolf New Orleans - 5/2/2012 || Photo by Wesley Hodges

WHO: and Special Guests
WHAT: Four-Week Residency
WHEN: Every Wednesday in June
WHERE: The Mint LA, 6010 West Pico Blvd. , CA 90035

On a personal level, this is about as good of a musical introduction to my new life in LA as I could ask for, as a familiar face from the scene settles in for a weekly Wednesday beacon worth looking forward to – a hump day odyssey that’ll help break the monotony of even the most laborious, painstaking week. My excitement to see these shows is fueled in a big way by seeing Walter’s showing at this year’s annual , who, alongside , Adam and , put on an utterly incendiary performance that landed on a very short list of the best overall shows I caught during the entire marathon (and, literally brought the roof down – pipes were bursting).

Starting this week, keys extraordinaire and his B-3 will be hosting a Wednesday night residency at The in LA every week in June and the host will be inviting a revolving door of very special guests to cut loose. Knowing the pedigree of most of the artists listed below and the sense of improvisational adventure each shares with Walter, one can make a fairly educated guess that set lists/playbooks will be few-and-far-between – these shows will fly OFF-THE-CUFF.

Each week will feature ridiculously talented, unique guests, producing something entirely different and surprising for those in the club each Wednesday. Walter will perform with different combos each night, including collaborations with / Benevento / Russo Duo drummer , the full Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Robert Walter Trio with () and Aaron Redfield () and another Trio with of (who I’ve been lucky enough to see perform roughly 15-20 times this year in NOLA alone – given the man’s unparalleled work ethic, not as hard to do as one would think) and . Whether you come out for one or all four, you’ll be in for a personalized treat every time you step into the swanky LA landmark.

Robert Walter: "Flood"


June 6th
Robert Walter and Joe Russo Duo

June 13th
Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – Robert Walter, Cheme Gastelum (Sharon ), (Greyboy Allstars), Chuck Prada (), and ( ).

June 20th
Robert Walter Trio w/ Aaron Redfield (Greyboy Allstars), ()

June 27th
Robert Walter Trio w/ and

About Robert Walter

Robert Walter is an accomplished keyboardist and composer. He plays Piano, Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes. While extensively in the US and , he has worked as a leader and sideman with many of the giants of American jazz and funk music. As a member of the classic band the Greyboy Allstars he has built a large and devoted following. He also works as a session musician, recording and collaborating with a diverse group of artists and on many film scores. Robert grew up in San Diego, California where he studied music from the age of 7 and began performing in bands as a teenager. He helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with , Elgin Park, , Zak Najor and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. also served as the band for Robert’s first solo record, Spirit of ’70 which also featured saxophonist and sideman . In the late 1990’s Robert started his own group Robert Walter’s 20th Congress to showcase his composing. The band became known for it’s live performances and toured throughout the 90s and 2000’s. They recorded two albums, Money Shot and Giving Up the . Band members included Cochemea Gastelum (), Stanton Moore (), (, Benevento-Russo Duo), Sluppick (Mofro, Chris Brotherhood), Mike Fratantuno (Black-eyed Peas), Chuck Prada, and . During this period Robert also recorded There Goes the Neighborhood with jazz-funk pioneers , Chuck Rainey, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway.

Robert relocated to in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with , Stanton Moore, , , and many more. While in he recorded Super Heavy Organ and Cure All as well as albums with Stanton Moore (III, Emphasis on Parenthesis, Groove Alchemy) and (American Patchwork). Robert currently lives in where he works on film music with composer Michael Andrews. They have done scores for Bridesmaids, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story, Cyrus, Jeff Who lives at Home, She’s Out of Your League, 5 Year Engagement and the title song for the Fox comedy The New Girl (with Zooey Deschanel).

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