Walter Duda’s on the up with Got it Down

Walter Duda is a self-taught musician from Connecticut.
Walter Duda is a self-taught musician from Connecticut.

Always full of stylistic surprises, NYC area pianist/composer (and former New England Music Academy piano instructor) Walter Duda followed his two previous singles with saxophonist Marion Meadows with his classical influenced piano and strings EP, Ghosts of Bygone Days.

Blissfully back in the ultra-melodic smooth jazz realm, his latest single Got It Down finds him in a passionate, soaring duet with Meadows (in tandem and then each bringing their individual solo sparkle) as his legendary longtime friends Will Lee and Dave Weckl create a tight, vibrant pocket.

Guitarist Al Ferrante takes the jam to the next level with a blazing electric solo.  Mr. Duda indeed has got it down!

Duda is a self-taught musician from Connecticut who began his musical career playing guitar and then decided that piano was his instrument of choice.

The sixth of seven children, 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 teaching a foreign language on the high school level, he decided that music is his language of choice.

With his first musical composition, he received honorable mention in a nationwide scholarship contest sponsored by Berklee College of Music, Boston. Then George Butler, vice-president of jazz and progressive music at CBS Records, heard him perform at Catch A Rising Star in Manhattan and arranged for Walter to record a voice and piano demo at the legendary A&R Recording Studios in New York City.

Since then, Walter has recorded his music with notable professional session players including Will Lee (David Letterman tv show), Chris Parker (Saturday Night Live), John Tropea (Blues Brothers), Joel Rosenblatt (Spyro Gyra) and Dave Weckl (Chick Corea).

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