Sax man Kirk Whalum is tapped by Stax Academy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sax man Kirk Whalum is tapped by Stax Academy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Stax Music Academy in Memphis has chosen sax man Kirk Whalum as its first artist in residence.

That soulful saxohone on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" was a riff by Whalum. He's also played on sessions with Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Barbra Streisand and Quincy Jones.

Whalum and his wife, Ruby, live in Nashville now, but the musician is a Memphis native and they're moving back.

The Stax Music Academy serves at-risk youth, helping them overcome limitations of doubt. Whalum drew upon Scripture when asked why he was going to take the job.

He pointed out the biblical account of God telling Moses to go to Egypt and Moses complaining he had no abilities.

Whalum says all Moses had was a staff, but a kid with a horn or a set of drumsticks can "impact the world."

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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