born June 4, 1944
- Third Phase - Kenny Drew, Jr. Swing (uptempo)
Known for his exceptional work in the guitar trio format, blistering technique and sensitive accompaniment, Jack Wilkins is one of the foremost jazz guitarists on today's scene. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Wilkins began learning the guitar at age ten, counting Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Joe Pass and Barney Kessel among his early influences.
As a teen, he began working professionally in the bands of Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, Warren Covington and Sammy Kaye. Wilkins released "Windows," his first album as a leader, in 1973. Besides his accomplished career as a performing and recording artist, working with the likes of Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich and Ray Charles, Wilkins is a renowned educator.