Corey Wilkes Quintet
In the best sense of the word, Corey Wilkes has been an upstart since emerging on the Chicago scene in the early 2000′s, fresh from honing his craft in New Orleans. A product of Rich South High School in suburban Richton Park and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has used his outsize natural gifts as a trumpeter to shift effortlessly from the most groove-tight hard bop and funk to the most wide-open free jazz. Whether performing with an iconic talent like Meshell Ndegeocello, occupying the inimitable Lester Bowie’s trumpet chair in the Art Ensemble of Chicago or livening up Millennium Park with his Improvised Soul Projekt, he brings a fulsome spirit to bear.
Today, Wilkes will lead a quintet including the exciting young vibraphonist Justin Thomas; keyboardist, onetime Miles Davis associate and all-around musical guru Robert Irving III, bassist Junius Paul and drummer Xavier Breaker. Where Corey’s stylistic wheel will stop, only he knows.