Dan Walton

Redwood Coast Music Festival 2019 Performing Artist - Guest Artist/Band Leader

DAN WALTON - is a jazz pianist based in Austin Texas. Originally hailing from the San Francisco bay area, his music draws from a variety of influences--from boogie woogie, to stride, bebop, and classical music. Growing up, he enjoyed the music of Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Pete Johnson, Arthur Rubinstein, and many others. He also enjoys the works of classical artists like Chopin and Debussy.


He has also worked quite a bit in the western swing genre, and has recorded/performed with a variety of interesting people in the music industry, including (in no particular order) Dale Watson, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Johnny Bush, Paul Shaffer, Elizabeth Cook, Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, Robert Earl Keen, George Strait, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent, Garrison Keillor, Leon Rausch and Elvin Bishop to name a few. Dan enjoys working in a great variety of musical genres.


Dan is an expert in a multitude of piano styles, from Western Swing to West Coast Bebop. Following a long stint with Asleep at the Wheel, he became one of the busiest and most respected musicians on the Austin music scene. He has wanted to lead a band like the Jump-Swing Imperials for quite awhile, to play and sing the kind of romping dance music popularized by Louis Jordan and Wynonie Harris, as well as Boogie Woogie, Swing and R&B.


Comprised of musical monarchs from Austin Texas, New Orleans, California, Minneapolis and Little Rock, AR - the Jump Swing Imperials -- led by pianist/vocalist Dan Walton -- play music for dancing with a solid beat... including hot riff tunes, soulful blues and pulsating boogie woogie


Jump Swing Imperials

Dan Walton - piano/vocals

Brian Casserly - Trumpet

Hal Smith - drums

Joe Goldberg - Sax

Jamey Cummins - guitar

Steve Pikal - bass


Performance Times:

VENUE                               DAY                      START 

Adorni Center                    Saturday               9:00pm

Dan Walton's Jump Swing Imperials with Brian Casserly

Morris Graves                    Sunday                 10:00am

Jazz Guitars Set

Red Lion Pacific                  Sunday                5:00pm

Marc Caparone's Armstrong Allstars

Red Lion Pacific                 Sunday                 8:45pm

Dan Walton's Jump Swing Imperials with Brian Casserly

Adorni Center                     Friday                   7:30pm

Western Swing Allstars with Elana James

Morris Graves                     Saturday             10:30am

Dawn Lambeth Quartet

Sequoia Center                  Saturday               3:00pm

Charlie Baty's Tribute to Charlie Christian

Morris Graves                     Saturday               4:30pm

Hal Smith's Swing Central with Jonathan Doyle