Funeral Held For Columbus Jazz Legend Gene Walker

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Friends and family paid their final respects on Tuesday to remember an icon in the Columbus jazz scene.

The funeral for Gene Walker was held Tuesday morning at the Faith Ministries Church.  Walker passed away at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center last week at the age of 76 from several medical complications.

Walker was an internationally renowned tenor sax player and toured with the greats, including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Shep and the Limelights, Jimmy Reed, The Isley Brothers, Brenda Lee, and Neil Diamond.

Walker also toured with the Beatles - including their first ever American tour - and even played in front of a packed crowd at Shea Stadium in NYC.


Around Columbus, Gene led his own jazz group, Gene Walkers Generations, which played traditional and contemporary jazz, according to the Columbus Jazz Arts group. 

He was entered into the Columbus Musicians Hall of Fame in 1998.