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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 over 34 years of playing experience on the saxophone and has played in various Connecticut venues, private events, corporate events, celebrations, colleges, universities, and churches.
      Teaching Experience: Former Music Department Coordinator at the Artists Collective Hartford, CT in addition to 10 years of private lesson teaching experience. Instrumental music and band instructor at private schools through CT Future Musicians. Has been employed with Music & Arts as a music instructor since 2021.
      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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