The Front Row

Kirk Whalum

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, a former Houstonian, has made quite a name for himself the past few years in smooth-jazz and soul-music circles.  But he’s gone full-frontal with his latest project.  Kirk and his brother, singer Kevin Whalum, have recreated the album of vocal standards, Romance Language, which iconic jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and singer Johnny Hartman put out back in 1963.  The Whalum Brothers, together with another accomplished contemporary jazz vocalist, Nicole Henry, are touring on behalf of their new version of the Romance Language collection.

Kirk Whalum talks with Eric Ladau.