Ursula Walker & the Buddy Budson Quintet

Ursula Walker and Buddy Budson





Ursula Walker & the Buddy Budson Quintet


  • Ursula Walker, vocals
  • Buddy Budson, piano
  • Dwight Adams, trumpet/flugelhorn
  • Jeff Hasley, bass
  • Dave Taylor, drums
  • Rapheal Statin, saxophone

Ursula Walker

On August 5, 2012: Ursula received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Detroit Black Music Awards, honoring her 60-year career as a jazz vocalist in Detroit.

Ursula Walker has been a mainstay of the Detroit music world for 59 years, beginning at the age of eleven on Detroit television and radio. Ursula performed for three-and-a-half years at WXYZ-TV and 6-and-a-half years at WJR-Radio.

Pursuing her career in her hometown while raising four children, her outstanding talents as a unique stylist of ballads, standards, and jazz gained her national recognition among her peers. In the 60s, 70s, and 80s Ursula fielded many offers to tour nationally – with Stan Kenton, the Harry James Band, Count Basie, and Tony Bennett.

Over the years Ursula has performed at countless clubs, concerts, and festivals, frequently at the Detroit International Jazz Festival. She has opened for many well-known performers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, and Tania Maria.

Ursula has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, among them a Clio Award for best vocal performance of a commercial jingle; election to the Metro Times Jazz Hall of Fame; the Midwest Arts Legends of Jazz Hall of Fame Award; the MCA Outstanding Musicians Award; the Detroit Metro Area Musicians and Entertainers Association Teddy Harris, Jr. Legendary Award; and the 2007 Southern Christian Leadership Conference Aretha Franklin Award for outstanding achievement in the Performing Arts.

Ursula was named Outstanding Jazz Vocalist at the 2011 Detroit Music Awards.

Buddy Budson

Buddy Budson has been playing jazz piano around the Detroit area for the past 50 years, beginning at local clubs at the age of fifteen.

In 1973, Buddy joined drummer Buddy Rich’s big band, toured England, Australia, and the United States, and recorded an album with the band. Soon after, Buddy toured with both guitarist Earl Klugh and the Motown group, The Four Tops. He has also backed well-known performers including Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marlena Shaw, Charles McPherson, and Steve Turre.

When the Fox Television Network debuted in the late ‘80’s Buddy composed and arranged the theme song and much of the transitional music for the sitcom, Duet. He has also done vocal and instrumental arrangements for big band and orchestra.

Buddy is married to noted Detroit vocalist, Ursula Walker, and together they perform at clubs and concerts throughout the Detroit metro area. They have also given many clinics at Detroit-area schools and the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Buddy leads his own sextet, which performs at clubs and concerts and has recorded a CD entitled “On With Their Heads”.

Buddy is the recipient of a Metro Times Jazz Award and the Detroit Metro Area Musicians and Entertainers Association Teddy Harris, Jr. Legendary Award.

Dwight Adams

Trumpeter Dwight Adams’ musical training came later in life, not beginning until he joined his Detroit high school band during his junior year. With a great deal of natural talent and hard work he landed a gig as a member of fellow Detroiter Teddy Harris’ New Breed BeBop Society at the age of 16. Dwight is now one of the brightest stars on the Detroit jazz scene. Adams earned a full scholarship to Kentucky State University, where he majored in music education and performance. He has since played and recorded with musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, James Carter, Shawn Wallace and Donald Walden, and tours with Stevie Wonder. He has served as a jazz trumpet instructor at both The Ohio State University and Michigan State University and performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

Jeff Hasley

Jeff Halsey is a prime example of a regional player who commands all the technique and musical acumen of better known musicians. Halsey has served as first-call bassist for musicians living and touring in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. He possesses a bright, elastic bass tone that serves him particularly well when articulating distinctive, horn-like solos. The son of saxophonist Tracy Halsey, Halsey started out playing piano and trumpet. When he was 13, his father enlisted him as the bassist for his combo's New Year's Eve job when the regular bassist canceled. Halsey had never played bass, and his father instructed him to just keep a steady rhythm going. Halsey proved adept enough that his father made him a regular with the group. He began studying bass when he was 16. He was a regular member of the bands of saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, Drummer J.C. Heard, and Cleveland tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda. Halsey holds an appointment as Professor of Music Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts where he teaches jazz history and improvisation, as well as applied jazz bass studies. He has toured Europe and the United States performing with such artists as Tommy Flanagan, Jimmie Forrest, Clark Terry, Jay McShann, J.C. Heard, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Arturo Sandoval and Stanley Cowell. He appears on recordings for the Azica, Cadence, Cimp, Hiroko, Steeplechase, Timeless, and Masters of Music labels with artists such as Jack Schantz, Chip Stephens, Ernie Krivda, J.C. Heard, Stanley Cowell, The Cadence Jazz All Stars, and Peter Erskine – Stan Kenton Tribute/MM Big Band. Halsey also appears with the BGSU faculty jazz ensemble, which includes saxophonist David Bixler, guitarist Chris Buzzelli, and drummer Roger Schupp.

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