The orchestra leader has been creating musical memories for years at all types of events across the Southeast.
Michael Walters wears a lot of hats but probably one of his favorites is that of Solo Pianist . Michael payed his dues to become not only a fine pianist but keyboardist for his bands and others along his extensive 30+ year career path.
After becoming a professional Trumpet player in his 20’s and early 30’s and playing for such artists as Ella Fitztgerald, Pointer Sisters, Bob Hope, Steve and Eydie Gorme and many others he decided to switch instruments and take his love of piano to the next level.
He went back to study at Roosevelt University with renown Classical Piano teacher Goldie Golub for 15 years. Getting a strong technique and learning the Classical repertoire was a high priority, but Jazz piano was his love and being able to perform as a solo pianist was the most challenging and rewarding of all.
Wedding Pianist and Event Headliner
During this time while continuing his studies, he was also gaining experience and supporting himself by playing professionally around the Midwest, as well as Atlanta and other Southeast destinations with different Jazz groups and cover bands. He also was taking some solo piano gigs at Hotels and other popular venues playing for weddings and events, as well many performances at local Bars and Lounges.
He also expanded his solo piano repertoire into the Jazz and Pop idioms by briefly studying with some great Jazz piano teachers in the Atlanta area including Larry Novak, Skip Green, John Cambell, Alan Swain and many others.
Besides Leading MWO and his smaller groups Michael continues to play Solo Piano around the area for Private parties, Weddings and Corporate events .
If you need the right ambience for your Cocktail hour or the perfect atmosphere for your dinner music, luncheon Party or corporate event hiring Michael Walters to play Solo Piano with his mix of Jazz, smooth Jazz, popular hits and show tunes is the perfect choice! There is no substitute for the experience, excellence and pride he takes in what he does.