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Associate Artist at ACA Residency 169

GoFundMe Associate Artist ACA Residency 169, Florida, USA

Support Annette Walker’s continuing professional development project. She’s been accepted as an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts’s Residency 169 and requires further financial assistance towards the costs.

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Piano lessons: I-Play Music Centre

I-Play Music

From September 2016 I’ll be starting my first teaching piano/keyboard lessons at I-Play Music centre in Surrey. After many early years of classical piano study and later years studying and playing jazz, pop, gospel and other styles I’m excited to be able to pass on and share my continuously growing knowledge and experience with others.

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WTW Big Band

WTW Big Band

It’s always a pleasure to play keys for the lovely community WTW Big Band. I first played a guest number with the supporting WTW Jazz Band a few years ago and have since “depped” (filled in/helped out) on piano for

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Gigs galore: Film, Circus, Music and Tap dance

Is it possible for me to learn a piano Latin jazz number, based on a Oscar Peterson version, and two songs in time for the debut performance of a new tap company? How about trying my hand at compering for a circus cabaret? Now seems like a good time to take on my first ever feature film job that happens to be physically demanding. And while I’m at it, why not throw in a couple of special tap dance gigs? Let’s not forget about learning and playing the keyboard in a band for a music gig at the RFH. All in just over one month? Go!

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Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

Sacred Concert - Leweston - Tap piano

February and March 2015 saw 2 Ellington Sacred Concerts just a week a part. Given that this is not a regularly performed concert and that I had only ever done one before it was a very unusual occurrence. Given that they fell in what became an insanely busy month here’s a little account of how they went.

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Music projects

Myke Masters Band at Hideaway Jazz Club, 4th Nov 2015

January 2015: Annette joins the new tap dance company, Old Kent Road, as the pianist for their debut performance of Fall Out at The Place’s annual festival Resolution! on Thursday 12th February 2015.

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Celebrating the Life of Will Gaines

Annette Walker is our featured tap dancer at Mycenae House on Friday 13th June 2014 from 8pm. With the failing health of Will Gaines – tap dancing legend from Detroit – this was scheduled as a Benefit COncert with The Honkin’ Hepcats, Mich Foster and the Phil Mead Trio. Sadly on Wednesday 7th May Will passed away. However – The Show Goes On – as Will would have wished

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Will Gaines

Bebop master hoofer, tap dance legend from Detroit who settled in the UK and subsequently influenced the UK jazz tap scene including the London Tap Jam. Links to obituaries, articles, videos and photos.

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Applying for a Diploma in Jazz and Pop music

How ELQs nearly scuppered my plans to study a part time Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music at Goldsmiths College.

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Trailblazer Fellowship Award Thank yous

Special thanks to key supporters of Annette’s Trailblazer Fellowship Award 2009-2010

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