Corey Wilkes

As a child, Corey Wilkes was surrounded by the sounds of Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz. He picked up the trumpet for the first time at the age of 10. Starting with the school band, Corey’s natural talent immediately began to flourish. He dominated his peers in both group and solo competitions, always taking first place.

His confidence and maturity were well beyond his years. As a student at Rich South High School in Richton Park, Illinois, his hard work and dedication secured a spot in the Illinois All State Honors Jazz Combo; the first student in the school’s history to do so.

Corey further honed his craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While there, he studied trumpet under Tiger Okoshi and Charlie Lewis Jr. Leaving college for more hands on experience, Corey held down a trumpet seat for Carnival Cruise Lines for a short stint. Then in an even further effort to absorb the very essence of Jazz, he traveled to its heart, Louisiana. He integrated himself in to the local scene by frequenting jam sessions and playing with several different bands in New Orleans.

Since then, Corey has become an Artist in Residence for the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He has also shared the stage with numerous Jazz Masters including but not limited to; Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Greg Osby, Roscoe Mitchell, Marcus Belgrave, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Mulgrew Miller.

To top off all of Corey’s accomplishments, he made history playing with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. No one else had filled the trumpet seat after the passing of Lester Bowie in 1999. In October of 2003, Corey was asked to tour with the group on the West Coast, where his performance received rave reviews. Consequently he joined the Art Ensemble of Chicago; which tours the United States, Europe, and beyond.

Corey is currently soothing souls at some of the most renowned clubs and festivals in the world. His soulful, sophisticated sound can be found on numerous projects ranging from jazz to hip-hop.
from allaboutjazz.com

 
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We have new releases on the horizon! First up is “Cries from tha Ghetto” from Corey Wilkes, one of the hottest young trumpeters on the scene today. Corey is one of the busiest musicians in Chicago and was hand-picked by Roscoe Mitchell to join The Art Ensemble of Chicago, replacing the legendary Lester Bowie. He also plays and tours extensively with other heavy hitters like James Carter, Kahil ElZabar and Will Calhoun of Living Colour. “Cries…” shows off Corey’s incredible range as a musician, a mastery of every corner of jazz. If you can stand toe-to-toe with both Roscoe Mitchell and James Carter on stage night after night, you better be able to bring it. Read more about the CD and hear some tracks right HERE. You can get a copy right now, only from us, in advance of the official release date on April 28th.

posted on March 17, 2009 by Yulun

 

The 56th Annual Down Beat Critic’s Poll results are in and we are pleased to say that a number of Pi Recording’s artists have been recognized for their work over the past year.

  • Muhal Richard Abrams received 32 votes towards Hall of Fame consideration.

  • The Vijay Iyer Quartet received 33 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Group category. Additionally, Vijay received 47 votes in the Rising Star Composer category, 28 votes in the Rising Star Jazz Artist category and 60 votes in the Rising Star Piano category. Tyshawn Sorey also received Rising Star Jazz Artist consideration with 23 votes as well as 29 votes in the Rising Star Drums category.

  • Roscoe Mitchell received 38 votes in the Soprano Saxophone category.

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa received 23 votes in the Alto Saxophone category and 85 votes in the Rising Star Alto Saxophone category. Steve Lehman also received Rising Star Alto Saxophone with 48 votes.

  • Henry Threadgill received 39 votes in the Flute category.

  • Corey Wilkes received 35 votes in the Rising Star Trumpet category.

  • Marc Ribot received 26 votes and James “Blood” Ulmer received 25 votes in the Guitar category. Additionally, “Blood” received 50 votes in the Blues Artist/Group category.

Pi Recordings would like to thank all of the critics who recognize the work of our artists year after year.

posted on July 13, 2008 by Seth

 
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