(O Discography Do Pictorial De Walter Wanderley)


Who is Walter Wanderley and why is he important to me? The biographical info I have been able to obtain on Walter is here in this Discography. I will add to it as I receive additional information. It is my goal to have this be the best and most complete website on Walter and his work.

I was a twelve-year old girl in the summer of 1966 when I first heard the hit single "Summer Samba" played on the AM radio stations of Philadelphia, PA. I have to admit that the organ was never my favorite instrument, but there was something about this artist's music that captivated me from the start. I was always attracted to Latin rhythms and I later studied Latin percussion as a hobby in high school. I found Walter's music to be stimulating, yet soothing; upbeat, yet tender and full of emotion. I kept four original Wanderley LPs with me for over thirty years and have recently replaced them with CD reissues and other albums I didn't own before. I welcome you to Walter's site and I hope you enjoy it. I present the information on these pages in humble tribute to Walter Wanderley, "Brazil's Number 1 Organist", and to his music; I wish he were still with us.

Special Note of Thanks: Wherever possible, the track and personnel information for albums was taken from the original LP releases; however, I want to acknowledge that additional credit information has been provided by printed info on the import CD re-releases and by Claudio Slon, the original Wanderley Trio drummer. I'd also like to thank both Neil Rudish and Claudio Slon--without their help I would not have known where to buy a few of Wanderley's import CDs and now hard to find LPs. Thanks also go to Drew Hurd who introduced the folks at BRUNI's Old Time Gallery to my website and me to them. Also, a special and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has emailed me since this site went online (12/27/99) with your suggestions and additional info (both photos and text) that I did not have at the time I began this Discography. I now own many Wanderley recordings on both LP and CD, but like most people I know, I don't have it all (yet!), so the added help from my friends is very much appreciated and is credited throughout the Discography. Others who have contributed much information and album cover scans and to whom I am very grateful include: Sergio Ximenes of Sombras, William Kenlon, David Cronin, Ronaldo Evangelista, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Ithamara Koorax, Gregory Flores, Daniel Galera, Jeffrey Ronald Whicker, Brian Phillips, Jeff Chenault, Bobby Rosengarden, Joel Kent, Paul Axford, Eumir Deodato, Brian Coffey, Eduardo Bravo, José Sanches Perez, Joaquim Vivas, Anastacio Gomes, Luiz Octavio de Souza Bueno, Irwin Chusid, Joseph Scolastico, Geoff Reader, Marc van Bakel, Frank Oliver Hellmann, Clark Nelson, Pascal Pavy, Hans-Peter Huebschen, Jim Miller, and Jarkko Toivonen.  I am very grateful to Peggy Bruno for sharing photos of Walter Wanderley and his Trio taken in 1973.  Additional thanks go to Leslie Pfenninger of On A&M Records for providing needed foreign issue listing information.

--B.J. (Barbara J.) Major
Introduction amended on 06/08/11.



  DISCOGRAPHY:  Walter on 78 rpm, LP, CD, CD Single, CD Maxi, 45 rpm and Tape
VIDEOGRAPHY/FILMOGRAPHY:  Walter and His Trio in Theatrical Movie, DVD, YouTube--HERE
 PHOTO GALLERY: Two Photos From Brazil, Photos From Appearances in Bethlehem, PA--HERE
Musician Photographs (WW Trio, U.S. Studio, & Brazilian Musicians who recorded with WW)--
Walter Wanderley Non-Album Sheet Music Covers--HERE
BIOGRAPHY:  About Walter Wanderley--HERE
RADIO INTERVIEW with Walter Wanderley (1967)--HERE
Walter Wanderley portrait by Jazz Master Series' artist BRUNI--HERE
Isaura Garcia Transcription (re: How She Met Walter)--HERE
INTERVIEWS: Wanderley Impressions--begin HERE
Or go directly to a specific interview:
Claudio Slon Interview, Bobby Rosengarden Interview, Letter from Rick Garcia Mendonça,
Bruni Sablan Interview, Monica Wanderley Interview, Notes from Sal Franchino 
Wanderley Tidbits and Trivia--HERE
EQUIPMENT:  Walter and the Hammond® B-3 Organ (What Walter Played)--HERE
 Comments on the Artist from Site Visitors--HERE
Liner Notes From "Walter Wanderley Samba Swing!" CD--HERE
LINKS:  Walter Wanderley Trio Links & Articles--HERE
 Other Jazz and Brazilian Music Links--HERE


**  This discography online since December 1999  **

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Original site layout and textual content of this site Copyright © 1999-2016, B.J. Major. Interview transcriptions have not been edited for content. Pictured album cover photos, record label images and CD booklet pages are copyright of their respective record labels and are used here only for information and illustration purposes. This is a private site and is not owned in part or whole by any company or corporation.  It has no official connection with the Walter Wanderley estate.