Mariano's Best Kept Secret

Pianist Joyce Renee performs jazz, classical and instrumental standards at the following locations:

Mariano’s Bronzeville - 39th & South King Drive, Chicago
– Grand Opening Day -
Tuesday, Oct 11th 3:30PM – 8:30PM

Saturday, Oct 15th 3:30PM – 8:30PM
Saturday, Oct 22nd 3:30PM – 8:30PM

Mariano’s Edgewater - 5201 North Sheridan, Chicago
Sunday, Oct 2nd 1PM – 7PM
Sunday, Oct 30th 1PM – 7PM

Mariano’s Skokie - 3358 West Touhy, Skokie
Sunday, Oct 9th 1PM – 7PM
Sunday, Oct 23rd 1PM – 7PM

The Merion Suites-1611 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Friday, Oct 28th 4PM – 6PM / Emerald Room

Joyce Renee Walker and the JK Connection Band

Fri, Nov 27th – 7PM – 9PM Holiday Left Overs @ the Roots Room – 5203 North Kimball, Chicago IL (Featuring the JK Connection Band)

Saturday, Dec 5th - 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Polar Poolaza - Loyola Plaza Redline (6550N/1200W) @ Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL (Featuring the JK Connection Band)

Connect to Joyce Renee's Twitter page (https://twitter.com/joyce4renee) or to her band's page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/

JOYCE RENEE WALKER performs live at

Mariano's Grand Opening in Bronzeville - Tuesday, October 11,2016 Stop by the store and enjoy the wonderful sounds of pianist Joyce Renee starting from 3:30PM - 8:30PM


Joyce Walker, Keyboard and Vocalist
A prolific composer, songwriter & singer, Joyce has performed at various Chicago establishments such as Mariano's, Leona’s Piano Bar, The Joynt, The Roots Room, and many other venues and events.

Kenneth Walker, Drums
A Chicago native, Ken has been drumming since the age of 17. He has performed with many artists, most notably the Soul group, Ripple, whose ‘70s hit, “I Don’t Know What It Is/Sho’ Is Funky” was covered by the Rap duo, Kid & Play. When touring, Ripple opened for legendary performers like the Miracles, the Dramatics, Millie Jackson, and the Stylistics. Ken is the husband of Joyce Renee.

Stann Champion, Guitar
Worldwide musician in the reggae/rock industry and owner of The Roots Room, Chicago.

Joyce Renee & the JK Connection is: Joyce Renee Walker (keyboards, bass, lead vocals), Kenneth Walker (drums, vocals), Stann Champion (guitar, vocals), Shirley Williams, aka "Phoenixx" (vocals), and EdVette Wilson Thomas (vocals). Our set list covers a variety of musical styles & genres, including: Soul/R&B, Blues, Jazz Standards/Smooth Jazz, Zydeco, Disco, World Music, and more. One of the unique aspects of our music is Joyce Renee's, bass playing - we don't employ a traditional bass guitarist - she plays the bass on her keyboards!

Also visit the Joyce Renee & the JK Connection band's gig website for more info and photos.


Hire the Band
Joyce Renee & the JK Connection LOVES to perform. Contact us: Ruth Wilson @ (312) 924-2814 to book the band at your next fundraiser, special event, jazz club or holiday celebration.

Watch Us Live
Joyce Renee & the JK Connection frequently plays at venues on Chicago's northside. Keep update on events via this website and join us for some live entertainment. If you would like to book the band for your event contact Ruth Wilson @ (312) 924-2814. Also, watch us perform live on You Tube at the JWalker Show.

Special Events
Joyce Renee & the JK Connection performs at various venues around the City of Chicago. We already have a great time playing to a wonderful audiences of guests and outstanding and staff.

Contributing Writer for AARP

Illinois Newswire Newsletter

Joyce Renee is a contributing writer to the Illinois Newswire Newsletter

Contact our office directly for copies of the latest 2015 article


Talk Show Host, Joyce Renee
Did you know that Joyce Walker is also the host of the longest running talk show on Chicago's own CAN-TV? Last year, she was a Red Carpet Host at the Chicago Music Awards presentation ceremony. Perhaps many of this year's nominees will remember her smiling face and pleasant personality.

We look forward to the same opportunities again this year and hope to see you all there! Joyce interviewed several of the Chicago Music Awards winners last year on our show that aired on Comcast cable Channel 19 in Chicago. For more details visit the Issues and Artists website.

More Info Coming Soon

Artist Management

Graphiclite Inc.
c/o Ruth Wilson
Phone: (312) 924-2814
E-mail: graphiclite2@gmail.com