J.D. Walter

Organic jazz vocal methods


A native of eastern Pennsylvania, JD Walter’s past, present, and future has always embodied music. Walter has become a pioneer of improvisation and electronic innovations in the world of jazz. His recording career spans 20 years and his purist progressive approach to jazz music has been recognized worldwide.


After extended studies in Amsterdam with Jazz vocal Icon, Deborah Brown, Walter returned to the U.S. and embedded himself in the New York Jazz scene. It was in New York, surrounded by visionaries of jazz, where he began to organically develop his liberated, vibrant style that turned him from straight-ahead to progressive jazz singing. He's released seven albums as a leader and been a guest on over 100 recordings.  

Over the decades, Walter has performed as a featured artist at numerous American jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Central America as well as over 80 tours in Russia. He remains a regular in the New York music scene, and has headlined at Dizzy’s Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, The Blue Note, and The Jazz Gallery, among other venues.

Walter currently resides in New York and teaches privately and abroad at The Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland, The Jazz and Music School in St. Petersburg, and the Music Wave School in Moscow.



I took private laessons with JD Walter as he was helping me prepare for my entrance to the graduate jazz stuides program at Queens College.  JD is a brilliant teacher for all levels of music students"


JD Walter was very concerned and focused in my development as a student. He took the time to prepare and develop every class specifically for my needs. His classes were challenging yet motivating. His skills as a singer and educator are outstanding and every private class I had for one year and a half was very interesting and well prepared


I took Professor JD's private lessons at Queens College.  That time was so worthy and I was fully satisfied with his vocal teaching.  he was one of the most energetic and passionate Professors in QC, especially for Vocal Students.