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  • Writer's pictureKristine England

Walter Gorra

Originally from Colorado, pianist Walter Gorra is now based in New Jersey, giving him access to a wide range of opportunities to demonstrate his talents, collaborating with a variety of jazz artists and performing with his quartet at festivals throughout the U.S.

While still an undergrad, he scored both a grant from the Boettcher Foundation to play with Paquito D'Rivera and a two-month residency at the Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club in Denver. He graduated with honors in 2017 from the University of Colorado at Boulder Magna Cum-Laude and earned three degrees, MS Structural Engineering, BS Civil Engineering, and BM Jazz Piano.

After graduation, he moved to the tri-state area to pursue his Masters in Jazz Composition at William Paterson University. Somehow, he found the time to complete a recording he had begun in Colorado with his quartet consisting of Josh Quinlan (sax), Gonzalo Teppa (bass), Manny Lopez (vibes), and Greg Harris (drums). The result is his debut album In Due Time, released in 2018. The record was Nominated for 17th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) as “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.” The way his career is taking off, he’s unlikely to need to fall back on engineering.

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