Some of us know J. Walter Hawkes as a wonderfully mobile trombonist or as an Emmy-winning composer. Others know him as a champion of the ukulele and composer of longer works. I admire all these selves, but I am especially fond of his singing — often tender and always inspired. Here’s J. Walter Hawkes, the one-man orchestra: soprano ukulele and voice, doing splendid homage to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein:
One of my many hopes in the jazz world is that I will someday get to write the liner notes to a JWH vocal CD!
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