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Berklee Names Walter Smith III Woodwind Department Chair

The alum and celebrated saxophonist starts May 1

Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III (photo: Jati Lindsay)

Saxophonist Walter Smith III, a Berklee College of Music alumnus who most recently taught jazz studies at Indiana University, has been named chair of the Boston school’s woodwind department. He starts May 1.

Smith recently released his fifth album as a leader, and he is an accomplished educator, composer, and performer. His résumé includes touring and recording with the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s Voyager, A Christian McBride Situation, the Sean Jones Quintet, and others.

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