HAZEL WALKER (vocalist) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is an accomplished jazz artist whose musical expertise spans live theatre, radio and television, became active as an arts administrator and advocate as a full-time profession, but her love of performance drew her back and in 2001, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of recording some of the beautiful lyrics and melodies that are her musical heritage.
Walker’s first recording, 'I Have Dreamed', clearly demonstrates that although long in coming, her years of steady work in the music industry have made her an accomplished artist. Her second CD, 'On This Quiet Night', released in late 2006, was a collaboration with her pianist husband Graham Howes who wrote the arrangements, played piano, and sang the title track.
Hazel Walker performed as featured vocalist with the Ron Collier Big Band for many years, and continues to impress audiences in Toronto jazz venues. She was the featured performer with the Hazel Walker Sextet (Brian Dickinson on piano, Michael Stuart on saxophone, John MacLeod on trumpet, Neil Swainson on bass, Barry Elmes on drums) when they were showcased in the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre on February 3, 2003.
"In this age of exhibitionist 'diva' singers, it's wonderful to hear Hazel Walker, a vocalist who actually treats a song with respect." commented Toronto jazz broadcaster/writer Ted O'Reilly, "She sings in tune, understands the lyrics, works with first-rank musicians and makes a deep connection with the listener."