C of I presents ‘Walker with Strings’ concert

The College of Idaho Music Department is pleased to present a collaborative evening of jazz with strings featuring trumpeter/composer Rob Walker. Titled “Walker with Strings,” the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Recording with live strings has been a life-long pursuit for me,” said Walker, director of instrumental jazz studies and applied trumpet at the College. “I am intrigued by the infectious and alluring qualities of the strings which, when combined with the emotional power of jazz, create an unforgettable experience for the audience.”

Walker will perform with the New Trio Plus, a professional jazz ensemble featuring pianist Chuck Smith, saxophonist Sandon Mayhew, bassist Jay Multanen and drummer Scott Ruesser. The group will share the stage with The College of Idaho’s Sinfonia string orchestra under the direction of Samuel Smith.

The concert will be comprised of four jazz standards arranged by Walker for jazz quintet and strings as well as the debuts of several original compositions. The arrangements include jazz standards such as “You Stepped Out of a Dream” and “Just Friends” as well as a tribute to Clifford Brown entitled “I Remember Clifford.” The program also includes performances by C of I Vocal Jazz, the C of I Jazz Combo and the award-winning Eagle High School Jazz Ensemble.

“This collaborative concert is a great opportunity to present the talents of nearly 100 dedicated student musicians in one evening,” Walker said.

Walker holds a B.A. from New York University in Film and Music Composition and did additional compositional studies at The Juilliard School. He is a member of the American Composers Forum and hosts his own radio show, Jazz Conversations with Rob Walker, on Boise State Public Radio. As a composer, Walker has 10 major motion picture credits and more than two-dozen television credits, including Friday Night Lights, The Today Show and America’s Got Talent. As a trumpet player, Walker has worked with notable artists such as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, The Temptations and The Supremes.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit