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Born in Birmingham, Alabama, an area with a rich and fertile musical legacy in the jazz tradition (Erskine Hawkins, Heywood Henry, Lionel Hampton, Sun Ra, Doug and Paul Bascomb, Joe Guy, Joe Alexander, Cleveland Eaton, etc...) Frank Walton began the study of trumpet at age eleven. He continue his studies of the instrument by playing in his elementary, high school and university bands and took private lessons from Amos Gordon while still in high school. His first professional experience was working with the Royal American Show Band at age 17. After high school Mr. Walton enrolled at Tennessee State University where he was able to hear and study with the legendary trumpeter and instructor, Louis Smith.
Frank moved to Chicago where he became a fixture on that city's rich classical, jazz, and pop scenes..
While at T.S.U. Frank met trumpeter John Hunt, Saxophonist Wendell Harris, Bass player Charles Green while sitting in with Hank Crawford. After graduation, Frank moved to Chicago where he became a fixture on that city's rich classical, jazz, and pop scenes. He performed with the John Stubbefield Quartet, the Sonny Turner/Johnny Board Orchestra, The Trio "Air" Henry Thredgrill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins, The Morris Ellis Orchestra and Billy Cox for two years in Nashville. (Billy, from the Band of gypsies' Jimmy, Buddy, Billy). Frank also participated in numerous jam sessions with Von Freeman. Sat in with Booker Ervin in New York, Lenny White, Stanley Clark, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, and Gary Bartz in Chicago.

Frank Walton received his Bachelors of Science degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University, holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet and Theory from the American Conservatory of Music (Chicago) and a Masters of Music degree with Concentration in Music Education and Trumpet from Roosevelt University Chicago, IL.

*Primary Teachers:

Trumpet: Louis Smith (Blue Note Recording Artist)
Donald Sheffield (Houston and Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
Charles Geyer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
*Channing Philbrick (Chicago Lyric Opera)
Theory: Dean Kincaid (American Conservatory)


Frank Walton/Yoron Israel Sextet
Lance Bryant-Music Director/Tenor Sax
Jaleel Shaw-Alto Sax
John Lockwood-Bass
Donald Brown-Piano
Yoron Israel-Drums
Frank Walton-Trumpet

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