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Jack Wilkins pays affectionate tribute to thirteen holiday standards on Christmas Jazz Guitar. Selections include Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, The Christmas Song and Silent Night. Sure to become a holiday favorite, this recording demonstrates Jacks flawless playing style and imaginative chordal technique. Jack has been a major player in the New York City jazz community for more than four decades. He has backed many of the finest jazz singers of our time, including Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Morgana King, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Nancy Marano, Jay Clayton and The Manhattan Transfer. Most recently, Jack has shared the stage with Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Gomez and The Mingus Epitaph. A Brooklyn native, Jack began playing at the age of ten. His earliest influences included Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Johnny Smith. In 1973, at the age of 29, Jack recorded his first album as a leader. He has recorded numerous projects on many different labels including this, his first release with Mel Bay Records. Jack has written several books for Mel Bay Publications. In 2004 he recorded a concert DVD with Jimmy Bruno entitled Jimmy Bruno and Jack Wilkins: Live from The Theatre in Washington, Virginia presented by The Benedetto Players and Mel Bay Records. Jack has been awarded an NEA grant in recognition of his work and contribution to guitar. He was invited to the Smithsonian Institution to take part in the "Blue Guitars" exhibit, and appeared on the PSI first live jazz internet concert. He was also featured as part of the JVC festival tributes to Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. Jack teaches at The New School and The Manhattan School of Music. He regularly conducts seminars and guitar clinics in the United States and overseas.
January 1, 2006
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