Shades of Blue
Born in Hartford Ct. Arthur Walton began his journey as a drummer, exploring rock & roll of the late 60's & early 70's. Arthur grew up in a musical home where his mother was a music teacher in the Connecticut public school system and taught privately at home. In 1971 he studied drums, percussion, composition and theory at the Hartt College of Music and toured with the award-winning 'Hall High School Jazz Band'. He recorded his first record with them called 'Pop & All That Jazz' produced by Columbia Records. Arthur hooked up with Electronic Music Labs in Vernon, Connecticut conducting demonstration clinics on the first guitar synthesizer called the 'Syntar' which was developed by John McLaughlin and Electronic Music Labs. Clinics included demonstrations to Rick Derringer, Pat Martino, Vic Juris and the heads of Kaman International, distributors of Ovation guitars.In 1973 Arthur studied privately with Chuck Wayne and Pat Martino which included extensive studies in harmony, theory, modern guitar techniques and jazz improvisation. In 1980 Arthur moved to Norway as a studio musician and commercial songwriter doing spots on Norwiegian radio NRK. He also toured Europe with a commercial dance band called 'Data'. In 1984 Arthur attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Califonia. He studied with Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) and graduated in 1985. From 1985- 1987 he taught music privately as well as touring with a band featuring Norwiegian bassist Are Skisland. In 1987 Arthur returned to the states and got a job with Whole Life Promotions in Los Angeles, California. He recorded two records; one with Chuck Jonkey Called 'Ah Ma Ta Teh'. The other 'Spoken Under the Moon and Stars'. In 1992 Arthur started Samurai Music Productions Inc. Where he has recorded his latest two releases 'Configurations' & 'Shades of Blue'.After packin up and moving to Hawaii in 2000 Arthur hooked up with Bobby Thursby and we've been makin music ever since.