Scruffy lookin' J. Walter Hawkes
Hey There!

Greetings. I’m J. Walter Hawkes, but hey, you can call me Walter. I’m an Emmy-winning composer and a skilled trombone/ukulele player with a studio providing music in many forms for the greater Earth area. Here you will find numerous examples of works as well as a curated list of upcoming performances with various groups.

  • I provide original music for TV, Film, Video Games, and apps.
    Check out the "See" page for info and video examples.
  • I arrange/orchestrate music for everything from a horn or string section to a big band to a symphony orchestra. Check out the "Hear" page for info and audio examples.
  • I play trombone and ukulele all around the NYC area and the world. Check out the "Hear" for examples and the "Calendar" page for my schedule. If you'd like to be reminded of when I'm playing near you, you can sign up for a mailing list on the "Contact" page.
  • I have a recording studio in Long Island City that I can record most the above in. Check out the "About" page for more info.

Upcoming Performances

Calendar for March, 2020
03/11/2020JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
03/12/2020Daria Grace and the Pre-War PoniesBarbès376 9th St. (at 6th Ave) Brooklyn (Park Slope)
03/16/2020Pat Irwin & J. Walter HawkesTribeca Performing Arts Center199 Chambers Street (BMCC campus) New York NY 10007

Performing between interviews with André Bishop - Artistic Director for the Lincoln Center Theater - for a live taping ofRandy Cohen's "Person Place Thing" Podcast $10 Admission INFO/TICKETS

03/18/2020JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
03/18/2020Louis Armstrong Eternity BandBirdland315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
03/25/2020JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Recent Blog Posts

1/23 Pre-War Ponies @ Symphony Space!!!

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Plan ahead to come out of your post holiday depression hidey-hole with us! It’ll be such a nice time in a such a nice theater! This will be a very rare treat, so we hope you all can make it out. There will be no holiday music, ...

Automatic 3 single + Video release!!

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Automatic 3 is built from many different things: an organ found in the streets of LIC, a 1980s Commodore 64 computer*, a Stratocaster, a Fender bass, a trombone (or two or three or…), a vocoder, and a walk to a still pond in the middle of Virginia.

Video by @riel martian ...