From the beginning
Born in a military family, Earnest spent the first 15 years of his life traveling the country. The experience taught him an appreciation of different cultures and musical styles. While still a very young child Earnest's Air Force family was stationed in Hawaii. There he befriended his neighbors, The Wooten family, whose house was continuously filled with live music. While Victor Wooten went on to become one of the most recognized bass players in the world, it was Rudy Wooten on the saxophone that really inspired Earnest. At the age of nine, Earnest started playing the guitar, but a year later he picked up the saxophone and it has been his passion ever since. When he was only 14 years old the established musicians in Pensacola, Florida felt his playing was so essential they would sneak Earnest into night clubs to showcase his talents.
Earnest studied music education at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought after saxophonists on campus and around town. After college, Earnest joined the Air Force where he performed with different groups in each town he was stationed. After the military, Earnest toured and performed in most of the central to eastern portions of the country, including Miami, Daytona Beach, Charleston SC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, and Denver. In the late 90's Earnest moved to Philadelphia and became a member of the prestigious smooth jazz band "Blind Date". Returning to Miami in 2003, Earnest is well known in the “Magic City” as a show stopper that is sure to leave the audience breathless.
Earnest was a great hit at the 2018 Gulf Coast Summer Fest-Jazz edition in Pensacola, Florida sharing the stage with Boney James, Jeff Lober, Everett Harp, Julian Vaughn and Nick Colionne.
The 2018 Gulf Coast Summer Fest-Jazz Edition
The 2017 Gulf Coast Summer Fest – Jazz Edition Kick Off Party
The Overtown Music and Arts Festival (2 years in a row)
The 32nd Annual Sistrunk Festival -- FT. Lauderdale, FL
Cafe Iguanas -- Pembroke Pines, FL
Talk Of The Town -- Durham NC
The Grotto Hall -- Pensacola, FL
Crescendo Jazz & Blues Lounge -- Miami, FL
Zanzibar Blue -- Philadelphia, PA
Jazz It Up Jazz Festival at Virrick Park -- Coconut Grove, FL
Grand Café – Pembroke Pines, FL
6 In The Mix on NBC 6 – Miami, FL
First Fridays Miami – Miami, FL
Jazz & Jokes Miami – Miami, FL
Earnest Walker Jr has shared the stage with a host of popular artist such as Boney James, Everett Harp, Najee, Jill Scott, Mike Phillips, Musiq Souchild, Johnathan Butler, Kelly Price, Christopher Williams, Marcus Johnson, Jessie Jones Jr, Shirley Murdoch, Freddie Jackson, Nick Colionne. His style of jazz music is loved by young and old and his live band performances are a must see!
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