Flekkefjord Jazzklubb presenterer : Emmanuel Waldron
Emmanuel Waldron is an award-winning pianist who has played for Her Majesty The Queen & HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince Of Wales (who personally commended Emmanuel) & the Duchess Of Cornwall, the London Mayor, the Queen Of Jordan, the Pope and other global dignitaries.
It was at the age of just 6 that Emmanuel’s musical journey began when, through private tuition he was introduced to classical music. Over the next 8 years, he developed a wealth of understanding in other music genres such as Jazz, Gospel, Blues, R’n’B, and Soul. He also discovered he had perfect pitch, and with frequent opportunities in his local church and at other diverse events, Emmanuel developed in his ability to play the piano, keyboard & synths (as a soloist and accompanist) and established himself as a sought after musician having worked with a vast array of artists and bands in the UK and internationally.
Emmanuel has worked with and/or shared the stage with the likes of Ronan Keating, The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, David & Carrie Grant, Ruby Turner, Karen Gibson & The Kingdom Choir, Annie Lennox, London Community Gospel Choir, Pixie Lott, Alfie Boe, Beverley Knight, Jools Holland, Steve Brookstein (world’s 1st X-Factor winner), Kenny Thomas and many other artists.
Emmanuel has had the pleasure of performing impromptu on stage with the late George Duke at the Jazz Cafe, London and also with jazz great Don Grusin in London too. His music has taken him to the USA, Trinidad, Bulgaria, Jordan (for the royal family), Slovakia, Czech Republic, Dubai (Burj Al Arab 7* hotel), Russia, Spain, France, Norway, Germany, Jersey, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Emmanuel is a recording & performing artist with five albums to his name. His latest release ‘Chaordicism’ (Kay-Ord-Ik-Izm) is a unique jazz album full of simple melodic phrasing, and soulful, harmoniously funky, grooving numbers including the Stevie Wonder inspired cover version of the ‘Sting’ classic Fragile (feat. Jaz Ellington) which Emmanuel released as a single earlier this year. Chaordicism continues to receive acclaim within the music industry and is available from all major online digital stores and CDs are available on the website store page (see below).
Having previously released four album projects gives credit to Emmanuel as a producer. His previous recording ‘All Seasons’ (2013) is a classy, soulful jazz album which was recorded live. This followed the release of his third album ‘Everything U Are’ (2011), a smooth soulful combination of instrumental and vocal features tracks.
Emmanuel also has two solo-piano albums to his name. ‘Portrait of a Journey’ (2000) and ‘Still Waters’ (2009). Both albums were recorded spontaneously. His albums are also available from the store page on this website (see below) and from online digital stores.
In 2002/03 Emmanuel produced the GEM award-winning album ‘Lifter of My Head’ from talented songwriter & artist – Brian Martin. Emmanuel has and continues to feature in recording projects and has even recorded for Bollywood projects!
Emmanuel has had the opportunity to feature in theatre productions. He was the band leader for the musical ‘Simply Heavenly’, which won several awards and nominated for ‘Outstanding Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2005. Emmanuel was also the pianist at the Shakespeare’s Globe’s hit show ‘The Frontline’ in 2008 and 2009.
Emmanuel is currently based in Norway and has set up a music school called SKALA (meaning ‘Scales’). There he teaches and conducts piano/keyboard and band workshops for beginners to advanced level musicians.
Emmanuel continues to perform as an international jazz music artist.