After growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, attending Berklee College, and then performing in New Orleans, trumpeter COREY WILKES burst onto the Chicago music scene in 2002. Confident in his reach, Corey filled the vacant trumpet seat of Lester Bowie in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He was appointed Artist in Residence for the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and asked to join the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He has since shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ledisi, Soulive, James Moody, Meshell Ndegeocello, Roscoe Mitchell, Von Freeman, and Fred Anderson, among others, and he has played in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. He also performed his “Improvised Soul Projekt” at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to a captivated crowd. Reviewing Corey’s CD, Cries From tha Ghetto, Howard Reich observed that Corey moves “fearlessly into avant-garde territory on some tracks, burrowing deeply into bebop and hard-bop traditions [while] on others, he documents the versatility of his art and the range of his imagination.” In the All Music Guide: Michael G. Nastos, calls Corey “a brilliant player, young yet wise beyond his years, and while scratching the surface, [he] displays plenty of grit, street smarts, and a serious fun attitude.” Corey will be joined by JUSTEFAN, vibes; ROBERT IRVING III, keys; JUNIUS PAUL, bass; and XAVIER BREAKER, drums.
Photo by Farrad Ali