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Corey Wilkes


Starting with the school band, Corey's natural talent was evident. He began dominating his peers in both group and solo competitions. By the time he reached Rich South High School in Richton Park, Illinois, his confidence and maturity had grown. It helped him secure a spot in the Illinois All-State Honors Jazz Combo, the only student to do so in the school's history.

Corey then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, studying trumpet under Tiger Okoshi and Charlie Lewis Jr. Corey continued his studies in the home of jazz, Louisiana. He absorbed the unique jazz atmosphere while frequenting local jam sessions and playing with several different local bands in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Since then, Corey has shared the stage with numerous heavyweights including Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Terence Blanchard, Clarck Terry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Wynton Marsalis, Wessell Anderson, Roy Hardgrove, Eric Reed, Steve Coleman, Kenny Drew Jr., Brian Lynch, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Eric Alexander, George Freeman and Jason and Delfeayo Marsalis. His soulful, shophisticated sound can be also found on Roscoe Mitchell's CD "Song for My Sister". He was invited to join the Art Ensemble of Chicago as guest musician on 2004.


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