Wayne Wilkinson

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Colorado Springs

In my life I don't think I've ever heard a more magnificent guitar player than Wayne. His CD 'It's a Lark' is the greatest guitar playing have have ever heard.
—Bill Watrous, world-renowned jazz trombonist

Updated: January 3, 2019

Wayne Wilkinson is a headliner guitarist that performs and tours across the country and internationally. Throughout his over four decade career, Wayne has shared the stage with iconic jazz musicians, world class performers and a President of the United States.  

Wilkinson, an artist with Benedetto guitars and GHS Strings, is known for his high-octane melodic playing which jazz trombone legend Bill Watrous said “is the greatest guitar playing I’ve ever heard.”

Wilkinson’s group, The Wayne Wilkinson Trio, performs a mix of straight ahead and traditional jazz and American songbook standards, innovative jazz arrangements of other music genres, and inspired original compositions.

Recent performances have included the London, Tel Aviv, and Vail Jazz Festivals; concerts; jazz clubs; recital series; jazz parties; jazz and swing societies and private venues.  

As a faculty member at the nationally accredited Colorado Springs Conservatory, Wilkinson helped establish the Jazz program. He is also an adjunct professor for Jazz Guitar at Colorado State University - Pueblo and conducts master classes and clinics.

Wilkinson has played at the White House, Carnegie Hall and at major jazz and music festivals with the premier Air Force Jazz Ensembles “The Airmen of Note” in Washington, D.C. and the “Falconaires” in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wayne’s CD, “It’s a Lark” was on the Grammy ballot in 2016.  

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”One hell of a guitar player.” Johnny Smith, legendary jazz guitarist.

“In my life I don't think I've ever heard a more magnificent guitar player than Wayne.” Bill Watrous, world-renowned jazz trombonist.

“Wayne is a jazz guitar virtuoso.” Dick Fairley, Jazz Excursion host.

“Considered by many musicians to be one of the best, most underrated jazz guitarists in the country, if not the world, Wilkinson turns any song, no matter the style, into his own personal signature.” Carol Banks Weber, Jazz Music Examiner.

Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Colorado Springs

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Colorado State University Pueblo Colorado Springs Conservatory

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