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 June, 2019
Day?Time?Who?Where?Where???
06/12/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
06/13/2019JC Hopkins Biggish BandCity Winery155 Varick St. New York, NY 10013

City Winery 10th Anniversary: Remembering Mose Allison feat. JC Hopkins, Madeleine Peyroux, Loudon Wainwright, Richard Julian, John Hammond & more to be announced info/tickets

06/14/2019Metropolitan KlezmerMarlene Meyerson JCC334 AMSTERDAM AVE AT 76TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10023

Concert on the Roof - $18 - Tickets/Info

06/16/2019Daria Grace and the Pre-War PoniesSuperfine126 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (DUMBO)

Wonderful dumbo restaurant/bar/live music hang

06/16/2019Gelber and ManningJazz Age Lawn PartyGovernors Island

Start time is TBA... we'll play once or twice sometime in the afternoon on the main stage between sets by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is an all afternoon, Jazz Age (1920's) picnic event. Dressing the part is encouraged. -->Tickets & FAQ<--

06/19/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
06/23/2019Daria Grace and the Pre-War PoniesCrescent Street Block PartyCrescent Street between Hunter and 43rd Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Outdoor concert/block party/food/beer/shenanigans. Always the shenanigans.

06/26/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Calendar for July, 2019
Day?Time?Who?Where?Where???
07/03/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
07/10/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
07/11/2019Daria Grace and the Pre-War PoniesBarbès376 9th St. (at 6th Ave) Brooklyn (Park Slope)
07/16/2019Willie Martinez and La Familia SextetNuyorican Poets Cafe236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
07/17/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
07/24/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
07/31/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Recent Blog Posts

Buffalo Head! [video]

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Here’s one from almost 15 years ago… 2005 I think? This one of my first efforts striking out as a composer on my own…

This is a wonderful animated short created, directed, and animated by Ariel Martian. I believe it is based on an Italian folk story/legend/myth. It was such a ...