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      About Johnnie-Lee Walton

      Johnnie-Lee Walton
      Johnnie-Lee Walton
      Music Teacher, Expert
      Location: Vernon, CT
      Speaks: English
      Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone
      Education: Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music. Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University.
      Performance Experience: Johnnie-Lee has 34 years playing experience on the saxophone and has played in various Connecticut venues, private events and churches.
      Teaching Experience: Former Music Department Coordinator at the Artists Collective Hartford, CT in addition to 9 years private lesson teaching experience. Instrumental music and band instructor at private schools through CT Future Musicians.
      Teaching Philosophy: I believe everyone is able to learn. I am passionate about helping my students reach their true potential and become well-rounded individuals. I support my students musical interests while cultivating avenues for musical advocacy! My main goal is to enrich my students on their journey to developing a lifelong love of music.

      Get to know Johnnie-Lee Walton

      Alto saxophonist  Johnnie-Lee Walton was born in Norwich, CT and has been  playing 

      professionally since 2000. His style imbues the straight ahead hard bop tradition with

      fresh insight. Searching for a way to express himself melodically, Johnnie-Lee showed

      an interest in music as a young child at the age of eight with the snare drum becoming 

      his first instrument. At the age of twelve, Johnnie-Lee's love affair with the saxophone

      began after hearing its euphonious (or sultry) sound and beholding its exquisite beauty.

      Johnnie-Lee's path to the world of jazz first began when he attended the Hartt School of 

      Music at the University of Hartford, which he attended from 1995-2000. While attending

      Hartt, he studied with the late world-renowned jazz master Jackie McLean and with Kris

      Jenson. Mr. McLean instilled in Johnnie-Lee respect for the jazz masters such as Charlie

      Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk. Upon graduation Johnnie-Lee

      immersed himself in the Hartford, CT jazz scene and southeastern CT area playing with

      his own group the Johnnie-Lee Walton Jazz Quartet and as well as blues, funk and gospel 


      Johnnie-Lee Walton teaches at:
      378 Kelly Rd
      Vernon, CT 06066
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