Originally from Memphis TN, Kirk grew up in a very musical family. He began playing sax in high school and went on to college at Texas Southern University in Houston. In 1983 he began his recording career with Bob James. He has traveled and played with so many great artists such as Whitney Houston, Nancy Wilson, Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, George Benson, George Duke, Take 6 and Quincy Jones just to name a few.Whalum has had great success in the music business. Not only is he a superb player, but a wonderful composer. In 1998, Kirk released his first gospel project, “The Gospel According to Jazz” for which he recieved several award nominations. Since then, Kirk keeps busy recording and traveling. He resides in Nashville, TN with his family. Kirk is a member of the NJW Board and has conducted an Artist Residency, special concerts, and Master Classes on Improvisation.