GRAMMY-winning Memphian Kirk Whalum hosting Kafe Kirk

Regarded as one of the most prolific and important Memphis musicians of his generation, twelve-time GRAMMY nominee and GRAMMY-winning Memphian Kirk Whalum will host Kafé Kirk, a new monthly series, at Crosstown Theater at Crosstown Concourse.   Kafé Kirk is a concert with musical collaborations between Whalum and his special guests as well as discussions between the musicians on music, life, and spirituality.

Around each event, guests will also do a workshop with a local youth program.

“Kafé Kirk specializes in the soul connection. A liminal space where extraordinary music seasons the atmosphere, and ‘ain’t nobody scurred’ to celebrate our mutual connections: horizontal — with each other, across every boundary, and vertical — with The Divine,” says Whalum of the new series.

More on Kirk Whalum

Growing up literally in the shadow of Stax Records before moving to Orange Mound, Whalum was a standout musician even as a student at Melrose High School. Recipient of a brass note on Beale Street, he is a professor of music at Visible Music College in Memphis, TN and an ordained minister with a Masters of Arts in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary. Whalum’s saxophone graces records by Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, and Quincy Jones as well as Whitney Houston’s smash hit rendition of the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You.” He is a recipient of an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards, gospel music’s highest honor.

Whalum’s most recent album is ‘#LOVECOVERS,’ part of his Gospel According to Jazz series, which reached #2 on the Billboard Jazz chart. He is host of the daily podcast Bible In Your Ear (BIYE).