Artist Spotlight: Walt Szymanski

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Jazz musician and composer Walt Szymanski performs next week at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe.

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Name: Walt Szymanski

Sound: Jazz. Szymanski plays trumpet and flugelhorn and is also a vocalist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer. 

History: He's a native of Detroit and studied with Oakland University's Afram Jazz Program under Marvin "Doc" Holiday. After success as a musician in his hometown, he moved to New York City in the early 1990s. He now lives in Ecuador where he has a group called Zulu Kings Brass Band. He's lent his musical talents to "American Idol," "Dancing with the Stars," World Wrestling Entertainment and the London Symphony Pops. 

Homecoming: Szymanski performs a series of concert at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval in Grosse Pointe Farms. He plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 9-11 with seatings starting at 6 p.m. each night. There are two sets on Oct. 12 with seatings starting at 6 and 8 p.m. The jazz club will charge $15 on Friday and Saturday night only. Reservations are highly recommended. Call (313) 882-5299. Visit for other details. 

Melody Baetens