Nancy Walker’s music reflects her view of the times we live in: at times intense, at times poignant, at times cerebral. The Toronto-based pianist and composer has been recognized with honours Canada-wide, including the National Jazz Awards Keyboardist Of The Year Award, the Montréal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz, a JUNO nomination for Instrumental Album Of The Year, and an induction into the Mississauga Music Walk Of Fame.
She has recorded and performed in concert with the cream of Canada’s jazz crop, from saxophonist Kirk MacDonald to vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow, to bassist John Geggie, to trumpeter Bruce Cassidy. Nancy has several discs to her credit as leader. Her most recent release, ‘Til Now Is Secret (Addo Records), showcases ten of her original compositions, inspired by landscapes, visual art, architecture and more. The recording features multi-reed player Shirantha Beddage, guitarist Ted Quinlan, bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Ethan Ardelli.
“Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity.” – The WholeNote Magazine