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Musician, Saxophonist, Flutist, Composer, Arranger, Actor, Educator:
WALTER RILEY KING is a professional woodwind musician residing in Omaha, NE. He received his education from MEMPHIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BERKELEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, and TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY. Walter's performance history includes: Lena Horne, The Temptations, The Dells, Gladys Knight, Dr. John, U2, The Nancy Wilson Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Grand Ol’Opry, Muscle Shoals Horns, and over 35 years with B.B. King and his Orchestra. Walter has an extensive recording history as well with artists such as Etta James, Eric Clapton, Joe Tex, Denise LaSalle, Billy Ocean, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mac Davis, Albert King, Roy Clark, Z.Z. Hill, and Hot. Prior to his professional career as a performer, Walter worked as a music educator in the Nashville Public Schools.
Walter has worked as a music arranger for Bobby Byrd, Jill Johnson, Johnny Travis, Dianne Kay and his noted arrangements with B.B. King are “Joe Cool”, “Stormy Monday”, and “Next of Kin”. His producer affiliations include: Quincy Jones, Stu Levin, Phil Ramone, Barry Becket, Stephen Foster, Glenn Fry, Jerry Wexler, and Michael Abene. His compositions are “Two I Shoot”, “Custom Made”, and “Give Me Five”.
Walter has appeared as conductor with the B.B. King Orchestra on The Tonight Show and served as Guest Conductor for Omaha Youth Symphony. Apart from his music career, he likes playing golf and is a 3rd degree Karate black belt.