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Immanuel Wilkins


Immanuel Wilkins is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and bandleader from the greater Philadelphia area. While growing up, Wilkins honed his skills in the church and studied in programs dedicated to teaching jazz music like the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. After moving to New York in 2015, he proceeded to earn his bachelor’s degree in Music at Juilliard (studying with the saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late, great Joe Temperley) while simultaneously establishing himself as an indemand sideperson, touring in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States and working and/or recording with artists like Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Joel Ross, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis to name just a few


Billy Valentine And The Universal Truth

Label: Flying Dutchman
Released: 2023
Track listing: We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue; Home Is Where the Hatred Is; My People… Hold On; The Creator Has a Master Plan; Sign of the Times; You Haven’t Done Nothin’; Wade in the Water; The World Is a Ghetto.



Label: Resident Arts
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Heckler; Hats Off to Rebay; Lullaby in D; Bob French; The Corridor; Mask Man; Eventually; Unjust; Sparkling Red; Sideways; Hats Off to Rebay (Interlude); Reprise (Credits).


In What Direction Are You Headed?

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Terra Nova; Filters; In What Direction Are You Headed?"; Composition 4; Two Way Street; Safe Corners; Bobby No Bags; Someday We'll All Be Free.



Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Lament For Lo; Passage; Muna & Johna’s Playtime; Tiempos; Groundhog Day; Tears I Cannot Hide; A Slight Taste (Dez Intro); A Slight Taste; Out of Sight, Out of Mind; West Berkley St..


Article: Album Review

Miho Hazama's M_Unit: Beyond Orbits

Read "Beyond Orbits" reviewed by Chris May

Beyond Orbits is the fêted composer and conductor Miho Hazama's fourth album with M_Unit. She founded the band in 2012, two years after moving from Tokyo to New York and while she was still studying for a masters in jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Hazama released M_Unit's first album in ...


Article: In Pictures

A Celebration of Excellence and Musical Diversity at Day one at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival

Read "A Celebration of Excellence and Musical Diversity at Day one at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Newport Jazz Festival is one of the planet's most fabled and celebrated jazz festivals and it has been towards the top of my bucket list for a very long time. I have attended jazz festivals for almost 40 years since my youth and finally made it to Newport on its 68th anniversary. It was magnificent--a ...


Article: Album Review

Johnathan Blake: Passage

Read "Passage" reviewed by Dave Linn

The drummer Johnathan Blake was born in Philadelphia in 1976. His father was the esteemed jazz violinist and educator John Blake Jr. who played in many diverse settings, (most notably Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner), before releasing seven albums under his name. He died in 2014. Blake (the son) began studying music at a young age, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lucy Woodward, Cautious Clay, Collettivo Immaginario, Jason Moran & More

Read "Lucy Woodward, Cautious Clay, Collettivo Immaginario, Jason Moran & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Lucy Woodward returns with a powerful single paving the way for a full-length album not to be missed, and for a playlist under the sign of electro-acoustic creativity, Brazilian influences and fearless imagination.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Lucy Woodward “Big Bones" Big Bones--Single ...


Article: Live Review

Gent Jazz 2023

Read "Gent Jazz 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley

Gent Jazz Festival Gent, Belgium July 9-15, 2023 It looked dire in 2022. The Gent Jazz festival, a two-decade integral element in the cultural life of this wondrous Belgian city, was declared bankrupt, along with Jazz Middelheim in Antwerp, which had an even more august history. Amazingly, it's still here ...


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