Nancy Walker Quintet
Nancy Walker is a Canadian musician based in the Toronto area. Her work as a pianist and composer reflects her view of the times we live in - at times intense, at times poignant, at times cerebral.
Nancy has been recognized Canada-wide. Winner of the 2008 National Jazz Awards Keyboardist of the Year Award and the 2003 Montreal International Jazz Festival's prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz, Nancy has several previous discs as leader to her credit.
Over the years, Nancy has built enduring jazz relationships. As the pianist in the John Geggie Trio, Nancy held the piano chair in the house rhythm section for The Ottawa International Jazz Festival's nightly jam sessions for over a decade. She has recorded and performed with the cream of Canada's jazz vocal crop, from Vancouver's Karin Plato to Toronto's Emilie-Claire Barlow, and has worked frequently alongside Toronto saxophonists Kirk MacDonald and Pat Labarbera.
Thanks to grants from The Canada Council For the Arts, Nancy has had the opportunity to study with renowned American pianist/composers Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Myra Melford.
"Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity."
~ Geoff Chapman, Whole Note Magazine