October 7th, 21h30

Immanuel Wilkins . Alto Sax
Micah Thomas . Piano
Rick Rosato . Bass
Kweku Sumbry. Drums

Alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins burst on to the music scene in 2020 with the release of his Blue Note recording debut, “Omega”, featuring his longstanding quartet of Micah Thomas, Daryl Johns and Kweku Sumbry.  Although just 22 at the time its release, his quartet had already been together for over four years and their cohesiveness is reflected in both the maturity of Wilkins’ sound and the sophistication and depth of his compositions.  Accolades and press soon followed, including “Omega” being named the best jazz release of 2020 by the New York Times, the best debut Jazz album by NPR and being nominated for an NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Award.  The year ended on high note, with Wilkins winning the prestigious Letter One Rising Stars Award.


Being a bandleader with a working group allowed Wilkins to continue to grow both as a composer and as an arranger — and has led to him receiving a number of commission and grants including, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, The Jazz Gallery Artist Residency Commission Program (a collaboration with Sidra Bell Dance NY, 2020), The Kimmel Center Artist in Residence for 2020 (a collaboration with photographer Rog Walker and videographer David Dempewolf) and a South Arts Creativity Residency Grant (with fellow saxophonist and mentor, Odean Pope).  Wilkins interest and passion for sharing and preserving jazz music has led him to continue to give back and to do clinics and master classes at various educational institutions including: Yale, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Basel Jazz Schule and Oberlin to name just a few.


In 2022, Wilkins released his sophomore album on Blue Note, “The 7th Hand”.  Like his first release, “The 7th Hand” topped numerous end of year lists including Jazzwise, NPR (National Public Radio), The New York Times, The Financial Times and Jazz Times.  2022 also opened up touring opportunities for Wilkins’ Quartet.  They have had the opportunity to tour throughout the US, Canada and Europe including notable performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria, the North Sea Jazz, Pori Jazz, Newport and the DC Jazz Festival.  In addition to touring as a leader, Wilkins continues to record and share the bandstand with both his peers and his longtime mentors including: Jason Moran, Kenny Barron, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Solange, Joel Ross, Gerald Clayton and Lalah Hathaway to name just a handful.


(Text by Immanuel Wilkins)