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 August, 2019
Day?Time?Who?Where?Where???
08/20/2019Willie Martinez and La Familia SextetNuyorican Poets Cafe236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
08/20/2019Mona's Hot FourMona's224 Ave B (between 13th and 14th st), New York, NY 10009

The now famous late night trad jazz session at Mona's!

08/21/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
08/28/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
Calendar for September, 2019
Day?Time?Who?Where?Where???
09/04/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
09/08/2019Pat Irwin & J. Walter HawkesTroost1011 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint (Brooklyn), NY 11222
09/11/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
09/12/2019Daria Grace and the Pre-War PoniesBarbès376 9th St. (at 6th Ave) Brooklyn (Park Slope)
09/14/2019The Hot SardinesThe Iridium1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

two shows - 7:30 and 9:30 Tickets

09/14/2019Willie Martinez and La Familia SextetHaverstraw Music FestivalEmeline Park, Haverstraw, NY

Free outdoor festival in Haverstraw

09/17/2019Willie Martinez and La Familia SextetNuyorican Poets Cafe236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
09/18/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
09/22/2019Willie Martinez and La Familia SextetLIC Bar45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Hard hitting NYC original latin jazz in a mellow outdoor courtyard hang.

09/22/2019Pat Irwin & J. Walter HawkesThe Treehouse at 2A25 Ave A (at 2nd St) New York, NY 10009 (UPSTAIRS)
09/25/2019JWH TrioDomaine Bar a Vins5004 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101
09/29/2019Big Daddy ProjectLIC Bar45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Neighborhood legends at the legendary neighborhood bar.

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 ...