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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.  

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

In addition to concerts; jazz clubs; recital series; jazz parties; jazz and swing societies and private venue events, recent performances have included the London, Tel Aviv, and Vail Jazz Festivals; a United Kingdom Tour, and Hawaii Tour.

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.

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.

As a faculty member at the nationally accredited Colorado Springs Conservatory, Wilkinson helped establish the Jazz program. He was also an adjunct professor for Jazz Guitar at Colorado State University - Pueblo for ten years. Wayne conducts master classes and clinics at universities and conservatories across the country.

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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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Album Proceed To Route by Wayne Wilkinson

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Self Produced
2019

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Album Yours Yours Yours by Wayne Wilkinson

Yours Yours Yours

Self Produced
2018

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Album It's a Lark by Wayne Wilkinson

It's a Lark

Self Produced
2014

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Album Szln 46 the Rest of the Story by Wayne Wilkinson

Szln 46 the Rest of...

Self Produced
2013

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Martino's Waltz

Martino's Waltz

Wayne Wilkinson
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