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Wilkins, Jack

Wilkins, Jack, guitar, teacher; b. Brooklyn, NY, 3 June 1944. His father is Jack Rivers Lewis. His mother was Mary Georgades (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1922-1989). His stepfather was John Wilkins (b. Spangler, PA, 1915-1968). His father was a guitarist, his stepfather played saxaphone,and his mother was a singer pianist. He has two half brothers Bob Wilkins born 1951, Tom Wilkins born 1955. Jack's studied with Joe Monte (Guitarist) Sid Margolis (Guitarist) John Mehegan (Piano and Theory) Rodrigo Riera (Classical Guitar). Jack has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music, American Institute of Guitar, Long Island University, Manhattan School of Musi, New York University, Aspen Music Festival, Berklee College of Music, Princeton University, The New School, Ramapo College (New Jersey), Guitar Institute of Technology and elsewhere in the US as well as at the Marca Festival (Italy).

Wilkins has been a part of the New York jazz scene for more than four decades.  He's collaborated with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich among many others.  A native of Brooklyn, Jack began playing guitar at age thirteen.  His mentors included Johnny Smith, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard.

In recent years, Wilkins has played at many international festivals and played with many jazz greats including Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, The Mingus Epitaph, 5 Guitars play Mingus (primary arranger) and bassist Eddie Gomez.

Wilkins has played and recorded with renowned singers Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Marano and Jay Clayton.  Recently Wilkins was invited to the Smithsonian Institution to be part of the Blue Guitars exhibit, and appeared on the P.S. I. first live jazz Internet concert.  He was also featured as part of the J.V.C. festival tributes to Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow,  Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel.

Wilkins lives in Manhattan, teaches at The New School and Manhattan School of Music.  He was recently invited to judge the Monk Institute Guitar Competitions in Washington.  He also conducts seminars and guitar clinics, both in New York and abroad. 

He's recorded and/or performed with Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Buddy De Franco, Tal Farlow, Chet Baker, Earl Hines, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Fortune, Randy Brecker, Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Bill Evans, Buddy Rich, Zoot Sims, Claude Bolling, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack De Johnette, Bob Brookmeyer, Manhattan Transfer, Tony Bennett, Charles Mingus, Michael Brecker, Benny Goodman, Phil Woods, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy McGriff, Julius Hemphill, Morgana King, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Raney and others.

Windows (1973); Merge; Mexico; Call Him Reckless; Alien Army; Keep in Touch; Trioart; Project G7; Alone Together (with Dave Smith); Playing For Keeps (with Gunther Schuller); Out of the Blue (with Gunther Schuller); Just the Two of Us (with Gene Bertoncini); Bluesin'; Heading North (with Jimmy Bruno); Reunion (with Michael and Randy Brecker, Jack DeJohnette, and Eddie Gomez) (2000)

Television broadcasts and videos:
Jazz Guitar Workshop -  (Bransong Music); Jazz Adventures Series; Johnny Carson "Tonight Show"; PBS Special "Informance"; Guitar Show/Video Series WIP Special From Puerto Rico; Live in Japan (Manhattan Transfer); Cafe Benedetto (Live Guitar Concert) Mel Bay Publication

N.E.A. Grant
Guitarist of the Year Award/ American Guitar Museum 2000
Blue Guitars Exhibit/ Smithsonian Institution

Jazz Guitar/ by Maurice Summerfield
The Jazz Book/ by Joachim E Berendt           
History of the Guitar in Jazz / Norman Mongan

Guitar Player Magazine - Musician Magazine - Downbeat Magazine
2000 Jazz Guitar / Mel Bay Publications - Interviews with the Jazz Greats/ Mel Bay Publications - Modern Jazz Greats/ Hal Leonard Publications  - 5 Guitars Play Mingus / (Arr. by Jack Wilkins) Hal Leonard Publications  - Johnny Smith Guitar Solos/ (Editor: Jack Wilkins) Hal Leonard Publications-The Everything Guitar Book- Adams Media

Contact information:
609 Columbus Avenue, #10F, New York, NY 10024, U.S.A.
Phone (212) 873-2181 Fax (212) 873-8939
e-mail:  jackwilkinsguitar@yahoo.com
Web site: www.jackwilkins.com

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