Walter Duda

Walter Duda

 Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Jazzy dude-original, smooth but funky with a creative edge and best heard chilled!


Walter Duda is a self-taught musician (piano) and vocalist. He is both a writer and publisher member of ASCAP, has co-founded an independent record label, negotiated a national distribution agreement and achieved significant radio air play of his music.

He graduated from The University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and also attended Fairfield University and Wayne State University graduate schools. After a year of teaching a foreign language on the high school level, he decided that music is his language of choice.

With his earliest influences in music, he identified with Rock & Roll singers Dion and Bobby Darin. Then he became a fan of the vocal harmony arrangements of Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), The Beatles and The Hollies. While in Detroit, he was influenced by the rhythms and grooves of The Motown Sound. Next, progressive rock groups Yes and King Crimson caught his imagination. Eventually jazz fusion keyboardists Brian Auger and Geoge Duke inspired him to switch from playing guitar to piano.
As a songwriter, his influences include Michael Franks, Mose Allison and Bobby Caldwell.

His first musical composition placed him as a finalist in a scholarship contest sponsored by The Berklee College of Music, Boston. George Butler of CBS Records heard him at an audition in New York City and at a solo performance at Catch A Rising Star and arranged for him to record a voice and piano demo at the legendary A&R Recording in Manhattan. He has since recorded his original music with top New York City session players and has performed in many NYC music venues.

He has been mentioned in The New York Times, Playbill (program for Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center), The Village Voice (NY), Connecticut Post and New Haven Register. His songs have been included in top selling compilations (Jazz, Vol.1 by Online Artist Network and Hall of Fame, Vol.8).

He has been selected as Featured Artist (, voted Favorite Artist Of The Week (, included in the Very Best Of program ('s Smooth Jazz Connection) and has appeared on Manhattan Cable, Century Cable (Los Angeles) and Cablevision of Connecticut.


Cryptic Prophecy

Written By: Walter Duda

She had her fortune read a long time ago
to learn her fate and her future to show.
A cryptic prophecy she was told in secrecy
foretelling of a fool one day she would know.

She held on to her dream, hoping Fate would be kind
and that her soulmate at last she would find.
A cryptic prophecy would reveal her destiny.
She offered love, but to her love he was blind.

Someday she'll believe you when you say that you love her too.
She still waits. Hopefully it's not too late for a fool like you.

Her loneliness she always concealed.
Her empty dream she never revealed.
A cryptic prophecy or was it merely fantasy?
There's only one way her lonely heart will be healed.


CD Title: DayLight Again
(The title track DayLight Again was voted the Best of Hall of Fame, Vol.8)
CD Title: Sole Intention
(The track Best Heard Chilled has received radio airplay on smooth jazz stations nationwide.)
CD title: Notes From The Coast
(The track Rapless Rhapsody was included in Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Indicator Most Added chart).