August 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Few other flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles. From jazz to pop to classical, television to film to the concert hall, Jim Walker has never met a crowd that didn’t love his powerful, “stand and deliver” performances. He has been a first-call studio flutist for the better part of two decades, and his bold, expressive playing can be heard on hundreds of soundtracks and commercial recordings. His playing has become the gold standard from Hollywood to Carnegie Hall and has unlocked the door to studio and concert collaborations with everyone from John Williams and Paul McCartney—“the thrill of a lifetime,” says Jim—to Leonard Bernstein, James Galway, and the LA Guitar Quartet. Free Flight was fathered by Jim Walker in 1980 as a jazz outlet from his career as principal flutist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Their sound has turned jazz fans into classical buffs and classical audiences toward jazz. From Bach to Beethoven to Miles Davis to the Beatles, their “eclecticism without compromise” can be heard not simply piece by piece, but within each composition, blending together flavors of classical, jazz, new age and rock music into a palatable whole. Whatever legitimacy the label “Crossover” holds for their sound, in performance Free Flight always encourages the crossover of audiences’ tastes no matter what the setting. To purchase tickets, click HERE.