Alternating Currents Live presents
The Edward Wilkerson, Jr. Group
Edward Wilkerson, Jr. - woodwinds
Makaya McCraven - Drums
Harrison Bankhead - Bass
Julia Miller - Guitar
Ben Lamar Gay - Trumpet
Preyas Roy - VibeSquaD
$7 students & seniors
“The Edward Wilkerson Jr Group (not a junior group…this group is all grow’d up) features six real live musicians performing real live original compositions both pre-composed and spontaneous and we dare you to tell one from the other. The sextet features Edward Wilkerson Jr. (woodwinds), Julia Miller (guitar), Preyas Roy (vibraphone), Harrison Bankhead (bass), and special guests. The ensemble will premier many new compositions by Edward Wilkerson Jr., which range from full-throated ensemble ‘shouts’ to smaller, delicate instrumental combinations made up of duet and trio combinations.” -Edward Wilkerson, Jr.
Edward L. Wilkerson, Jr. is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. One of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene, Wilkerson, from the 1980s into the new millennium, may be best knownas a bandleader and composer, particularly associated with medium- to large-scale projects. He has also been a major presence in Chicago’s
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization’s music school and serving for a time as AACM president. As founder and director of the cutting edge octet, 8 Bold Souls, and the 25-member performance ensemble, Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East.
He was an original member of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (formed by percussionist Kahil El’Zabar upon El’Zabar's 1976 graduation from the AACM school) and remained with the group until 1997 when replaced by Ernest Khabeer Dawkins. His music can be heard on fourteen recordings, including two film soundtracks and the critically acclaimed albums Birth of a Notion, and 8 Bold Souls, both from his own Sessoms Records label.