Derrick "Big" Walker:voice, harp & sax
Bosson :electric guitar
James Bradley jr.:drums
Last CD: "Still Dream Walking"
Next Tour: Summer 2005
WALKER, was born Derrick
Roy Michel Walker in Lawton Oklahoma, December 3rd 1953. He grew up in an
artistic family; his mother Jean Serman and aunt Evelyn Wooden were both
working in the theater. His aunt was a singer, and his mother an actress.
Derrick learned to play harmonica when he was seven with his uncle John
Wooden, who owned a small blues club in Cleveland Ohio.
1962. Derrick moved to San Francisco with his mother, who worked in Community
Theater, where Big also acted in several childrens productions.
In San Francisco during this time the new music of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,
Jefferson Airplane etc, influenced him and his music.
1969. Derrick began to take saxophone lessons from Noel Jukes, who played
saxophone with Jimmy Witherspoon and many others. 1973. Derrick began to
play saxophone and harmonica in The Luther Tucker Band. He played with them
for 10 years.
He was also touring with both, Albert Collins and the Luther Tucker Band.
They recorded a film at the North Dakota Club in Oakland.
1977. Derrick began playing with a band called the Soul Rebels for one year,
who were working for Bill Graham as a warm up band in Bill's nightclubs.
They fronted acts such as the Dead Kennedy's, The Ramones, Greg Ken, The
Beat and many others. The bandleader was Dean Devnear, bass and drums were
manned by the Stench Brothers. The Soul Rebels were considered San Francisco's
most popular band at the time.
He took harmonica lessons from Paul Butterfield, who taught Derrick to sound
like him self and play melodies," not just licks". Bobby Forte
- Villa Nova Dupré who played with BB King during the 60's and 70'
s gave him saxophone lessons.
1978 1980. Derrick began playing with The Eddie Ray Rhythm And Blues
Band, backing artists such as Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton,
Sonny Roads, Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie De Santos. Derrick played with
Michael Bloomfield and was his roommate for two years; He was on his recording
Cruising for a Bruising.
1983. Derrick went to Europe playing in Holland, Belgium and France for
1988. He began to teach Harmonica at the Swedish State Community College,
He also toured with the Grinders featuring Professor Washboard in Norway,
Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Germany.
1993. He composed the song Stars in the Sky and performed two songs in the
international film "Freud leaves home".
1995-2002 Derrick has undertaken
several tours of Norway and Denmark, and regular club appearances in Sweden,
with his Black and White Blues Band. He has also toured with Folk blues
artist Eric Bibb and played on six of Erics CDs, and recorded gospel
with Cyndee Peters on Songs From The Heart.
He played harmonica and acted in The Broadway musical Big River.
He appeared with Blues legend Jimmy Dawkins and Singer Zora Young at The
Great British RnB Festival in Colne as well as at festivals
in Denmark and Sweden. Derrick plays and sings in the Sofia choir Stockholm.
Derrick (Big) walker plays tenor and alto saxophone plus the ten hole diatonic,
chromatic and bass harmonica sings and wrights his own songs.
Today he teaches at
the Stockholm music Conservatory (rytmus) and Kulturama High school for
Music and Dramatic arts. He has taught classes in blues rock and country
harmonic for over fithteen years.