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Victor "Red" Atkins



Place of Birth: Selma, Alabama

Selma native and pianist Victor “Red” Atkins left the Manhattan School of Music one semester shy of completing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. After recording Delfeayo Marsalis' “Pontius Pilate's Decision,” he had to make a decision: continue his formal education or pursue a career as a professional musician. Music won and before long the pianist was jet-setting around the Americas and Europe with Elvin Jones, Mark Whitfield, Nnenna Freelon and Leroy Jones.

He has been documented on CDs with Joshua Redman along with Wynton and Bradford Marsalis. Atkins has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and Black Entertainment Television's “Jazz Notes,” and he has worked with such artists as Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison and Ray Anderson. He served as an adjunct professor for Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, and is now on full time faculty there.

He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.




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