Saxophonist/flautist Kirk Whalum backed Whitney Houston for about seven years and soloed on her “I Will Always Love You,” which is the best-selling single by a female artist in history. He’s also backed Luther Vandross on some of the singer’s covers of older material. He’s recorded 22 studio albums, three of them with trumpeter Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown as BWB.
He has a total of 12 Grammy nominations, winning the Grammy for Best Gospel Song in 2011 for his “It’s What I Do” featuring singer Lalah Hathaway.
From his 2007 album Roundtrip, here is “The Wave.”
His website tells us that he’ll be in Memphis, Tennessee on April 7 doing an “interactive concert” at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts and Education, and at the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 13 and 14.
Kirk Whalum, your Two for Tuesday, March 26, 2019.