Myron Walden Momentum
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Myron Walden Momentum

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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There’s no telling where Myron Walden would be or what kind of man he would have become had the music of Charlie Parker not entered his world when it did. Born on October 18, 1972 in Miami, Florida it wasn’t until he moved with his mother to the Bronx at age 12 that he came to life. He grew up listening to a wide range of R&B, blues, soul and gospel but in the Bronx, shortly after the move, Myron’s uncle introduced him to a recording of Charlie Parker’s “One Night in Washington.” It was profoundly moving to the then quiet 6th grader and upon hearing his uncle shout out to the record player, ‘Tell it Bird,’ Myron found his calling and knew that music would become his voice. At that moment, the yardbird transformed his life.
With no music department in the NY public school he attended, his desire to play the saxophone proved to be a challenge. But an old alto sax was found in the back of a school storage closet by a sympathetic teacher and Myron was encouraged to take it home and try his luck. He studied Charlie Parker’s album backwards and forwards and by listening to his uncle’s record, he taught himself to play by ear.
Myron received his first formal instruction in junior high at the Harlem School of the Arts’ after school program. He went on to LaGuardia High School of Music and the Arts in New York City and was later accepted to the Manhattan School of Music. Call it serendipity, but he won the prestigious Lincoln Center Charlie Parker Competition one year prior to graduating in 1994.
Quickly establishing solid credentials as a performer in New York's jazz scene, Myron was like a light fixture at the legendary Small's, an incubator for new jazz talent. Sharing the stage with Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, and Roy Hargrove, his stature as a performer grew. During this time he also cut his teeth as a composer recording with Antoine Roney, Ravi Coltrane, Vincent Herring, Carl Allen and Winard Harper.

In 1996, his debut album, 'Hypnosis,' was released to great critical acclaim. It was followed by 'Like a Flower Seeking the Sun’ in 1999, both albums original compositions and arrangements he recorded with NYC Records. He composed and arranged two more albums, 'Higher Ground' in 2002 and 'This Way' in 2005 on Fresh Sound New Talent Records. 'This Way' was named one of the Top Ten records of 2005 by All About Jazz and the Jazz Journalist Association.
Along with a successful solo career Myron has performed with several bands, two of which hold a particular place in his heart, as well as American music’s history. As a founding member of the Brian Blade Fellowship Band (formed in 1997) his soulful solos on the alto saxophone and bass clarinet have through the years inspired many of Brian’s compositions. He joined the late, great Ray Barretto's band in 2003 and not only recorded and performed, but also composed and arranged. Barretto's final GRAMMY-nominated album, 'Time Was - Time Is, released in 2005, featured two of Myron's compositions (including the title track), as well as the moving, ‘Motherless Child’ which he arranged. Along with these bands, Myron’s also an original member of the New Jazz Composers Octet, and has composed, recorded and performed with them since 1996. The New Jazz Composers Octet featured Freddie Hubbard at the time of his passing.
Today Myron is leading multiple projects, each a different dialect of the musical language he speaks so eloquently. Fans will discover that the tenor saxophone is making a deep-voiced presence in his newer works. His alto voice is still very full, but like a successful investment portfolio, he’s been looking to diversify to better serve his compositions. When he’s not in the studio laying down tracks to a new piece, Myron can be found playing live throughout jazz clubs in Manhattan and at events like the New Orleans JazzFest.