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Skip Wilkins

Skip Wilkins was born and raised in eastern Massachusetts. He grew up in a musical home and began listening to jazz at a very early age. His father played drums locally, so Skip was able to interact with professional musicians as a small child. He first found his way to the stage in kindergarten and has not left the stage since. In many ways his earliest experiences have proved the most enduring. He learned to love singing and listening to subtle harmonies before entering school, taking particular delight in the Great American songbook repertoire of such composers as Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin and others of the first half of the twentieth century

Czech Wishes

Label: New Port Line
Released: 2019
Track listing: Teacher; Munchkins of Karlovy Vary; On the Train; The Box-Checkers; Czech Wishes; Don’t Forget Me; In Search of Greener Grass; Reptiles; Wise One.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Skip Wilkins Quartet feat. Daniel Wilkins: Czech Wishes

Read "Czech Wishes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he's based in Eastern Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Lafayette College, pianist Skip Wilkins spends as much time as he can in the Czech Republic, the source of inspiration for his last two releases. Czech Dreams (New Port Line, 2013) and Czech Wishes, his current project, are not so much about crafting an Eastern European-tinged ...

Czech Dreams

Label: New Port Line
Released: 2013
Track listing: Musime; Haven't You...?; Nikdo Nevi; You Will Find It; Noci v Opere; Sasa and the Tale of the Freezy Queen; Vzhuru; Uvidime; Proc ne?; Didn't Say; Czech Dreams.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Skip Wilkins Quartet: Czech Dreams

Read "Czech Dreams" reviewed by Edward Blanco

World-class jazz pianist Skip Wilkins regularly splits his time between Eastern Pennsylvania--where he teaches at Lafayette College in Easton--and Central Europe where he recently spent fifteen months in Prague. Czech Dreams, dedicated to the Czech people, is a result of touring throughout the Czech Republic and Germany and cementing his relationship with friend and Prague-based guitarist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Phil Woods & the Festival Orchestra: New Celebration

Read "New Celebration" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Any album with the renowned Phil Woods leading a big band (or jazz orchestra) is cause for celebration, especially so when he has written all but one of the charts and takes the bulk of the alto solos. More than fifteen years have passed since Woods last recorded with the COTA Festival Orchestra from his home ...

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Guitarist Mike Lorenz's "Of the Woods" Available Now!

Guitarist Mike Lorenz's "Of the Woods" Available Now!

Philadelphia guitarist Mike Lorenz has released his debut full-length CD, Of the Woods, available now on iTunes, CDBaby and BandCamp. Of the Woods highlights seven of Lorenz's original compositions performed in quartet and quintet setting and featuring pianist Matt Mitchell, alto saxophonist Mike Cemprola, bassist Brian Howell and drummer Matt Scarano. A CD release show is ...

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Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

Eleven Current 2011 Releases From Dreambox Media!

DMJ-1129 DENIS DiBLASIO / BRIAN BETZ Project: Flute / Guitar Denis DiBlasio's latest new release is another duo recording with guitarist Brian Betz, who this time around displays his rich acoustic guitar with DiBlasio exclusively on flute in an eight-tune program of all-original compositions. DMJ-1130 JORDAN BERGER's First Acoustic and electric bassist Jordan Berger's First comprises ...

The Paint-Peeler

Label: Dreambox Media
Released: 2009
Track listing: The Paint-Peeler; Who's Laughing? (A Father's Lament); Swiftly; December (As I Would Have It); Trappers in the Family; Standing in the Wind (For Daniel); Fabulous; Glow (For Fred Hersch); Bring the Sun (For Liz Drake).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Skip Wilkins Quintet: The Paint-Peeler

Read "The Paint-Peeler" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

The Paint-Peeler melds together elements of traditional, modern, and free jazz in a mélange of creative energy and expression. Wilkins' compositions and arrangements are full of emotion and intellectual fervor, while his improvisations are first-rate and are constantly being enhanced by the rest of the ensemble. The quintet, consisting of Paul Kendall on saxophones, Tom Kozic ...


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