10.01.18Music of Duke Ellington - USF Monday Night Jazz Series

concert of Duke Ellington music with Ellington alumnus Jahn Lamb on Bass!

with USF Faculty Ensemble

7:30pm USF Concert Hall

08.16.18Music of Cannonball Adderley/Nancy Wilson concert at the Palladium

Evening of music from Cannonball Adderley - featuring Whitney James singing music from the Cannonball Introduces Nancy Wilson recording.

Palladium Theater - St Petersburg, Fl


James Suggs - trumpet
LaRue Nickelson - guitar
Patrick Bettison - bass
Walt Hubbard - drums

07.02.18Concerts at Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops

July 1-13

University of Louisville

06.24.18Buddy Rich Big Band Tribute with Rick Dilling

concert of Buddy Rich music with drummer Rick Dilling

7:30 pm

Isis Theater in Asheville

06.09.18Asheville - at Jargon with drummer Michael W Davis, bassist Zack Page

10-1 at Jargon Asheville NC

11.15.17The Banff Project - live multi media concert at University of Calgary - University Theater

7:30pm University Theater - University of Calgary

UC Fulbright Scholar – saxophonist/composer Jack Wilkins presents his new work – The Banff Project – original music with accompanying film based on Banff are sights, history and culture – in a live multi-media concert with special guests Sara Caswell-violin and Corey Christiansen-guitar along with some of Alberta’s finest musicians.

11.08.17Saxophonist Jack Wilkins with composer Chuck Owen and the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra

A special concert featuring UC Fulbright Scholar - saxophonist Jack Wilkins with special guest composer Chuck Owen - with the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Jeremy Brown, director.

Jack Wilkins will be featured soloist on compositions and arrangements by Grammy nominated composer Chuck Owen (www.chuckowen.com)

10.26.17Jack Wilkins Banff Project in concert - Grand Opening of Grant MacEwan Recital Hall

American saxophonist/composer Jack Wilkins presents his new work – The Banff Project – original music with accompanying film based on Banff area sights, history and culture – in a live multi-media concert with special guests Sara Caswell-violin and Corey Christiansen-guitar along with members of the outstanding Grant MacEwan Music faculty - some of Alberta’s finest musicians.

03.23.17Jack Wilkins Banff Project Concert Premier


The Premiere of a Multi-Media Jazz/Film Performance:

Debut of Jack Wilkins’ ‘THE BANFF PROJECT’ at USF Concert Hall on Thursday, March 23

On Thursday, March 23, saxophonist and composer JACK WILKINS will present the world premiere concert of “The Banff Project," a multi-media experience of original music and films, in the USF Concert Hall in Tampa.

Wilkins, long-time Director of Jazz Studies at USF, found inspiration in the natural beauty and intriguing history and culture of the Banff National Park area of the Canadian Rocky Mountains while serving as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Alberta. That led to his creation of the music and film concepts as an Artist-in-Residence at The Banff Center, Canada’s renowned Centre for Creativity and Innovation. Film and music are presented together in the concert, with each piece based on a visual concept, and each film intimately married to the music, adding up to a highly creative and entertaining audience experience. The film-makers, working from Wilkins’ creative concepts, showcase the amazing scenic beauty of the Banff National Park area, including the use of historic photography from Banff’s Whyte Museum.

This concert celebrating Wilkins’ 6th cd release is presented by the Tampa Jazz Club and the USF School of Music, part of the 21st season of Monday Night Jazz – but with a twist this time, as it takes place on a Thursday evening.

The live concert will feature an all-star band including USF Jazz Faculty plus special guests, violinist Sara Caswell and guitarist Corey Christiansen, who recorded the original music in Canada with Wilkins and some of Canada’s best musicians. Both were featured prominently on his last cd, ‘The Blue & Green Project,’ based on Appalachian life and culture, which also made use of visual imagery during performance.

‘The last album really established Jack as a singular voice as a jazz composer, and the live concerts of that music were unforgettable,’ says Tampa Jazz Club president Bob Seymour. ‘Now, to hear his hand-picked band playing new music with such a sense of place, matched with the films – it’s going to be a thrill.’ Following the Tampa premiere ‘The Banff Project’ is scheduled for performance later this year in Edmonton, Alberta, where the cd was made.

‘The Banff Project’ is an all-original, multi-media concert, with textures ranging from funky grooves to a swing band feel, traditional Celtic sounds to gorgeous ballads depicting the beauty shown in the accompanying films. Don’t miss the premiere performance – Thursday, March 23, at 7:30pm, in the beautiful USF Concert Hall!

Jack Wilkins Banff Project

Thursday, March 23, 7:30 PM
USF Concert Hall
3755 USF Holly Drive
Tampa Campus
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620

Tickets: $20/$15 Club Members, Seniors or in advance
$10 Students with ID
(Complimentary to HCC Students)
Tickets also available at the door (cash or check only) or online at:


03.18.172017 International Jazz Composers Symposium at the University of South Florida May 18-20, 2017

Jack Wilkins will be performing as part of Chuclk Owen and Jazz surge at the International Jazz Composers Symposium.

ISJAC, in collaboration with the University of South Florida School of Music, is delighted to serve as host of the revival of the “International Jazz Composers‘ Symposium," May 18-20, 2017. An unparalleled gathering of jazz composers, musicians, scholars, students, and industry professionals from across the world; this unique forum offers attendees the opportunity to connect with fellow jazz composers as well as celebrated master artists while becoming exposed to a variety of new works, concepts, and related music industry trends. In addition, an open application and call for scores/papers will offer attendees several avenues in which to share and showcase their own work: via featured concert performance, guest artist master classes, research paper presentations, and the JCS’ unique “poster sessions."

Taking place in the USF School of Music's impressive new facility/concert halls located just north of downtown Tampa, the Symposium offers those in attendance 2 and a half days of almost non-stop, diverse events. Located nearby major theme parks and renowned beaches, the area offers numerous recreational opportunities.

09.09.13Jack Wilkins featured on latest Chuck Owen release

Chuck Owen's new CD: "River Runs: A Concerto for Jazz Guitar, Saxophone and Orchestra" has just been released on Summit Jazz Records. This multi-movement work features soloists Jack Wilkns and guitarist LaRue Nickelson with full orchestra and Chuck's Jazz Surge Big Band. A epic project, Chuck Owen shows again why he is considered one of the foremost jazz composers of our generation. Check it out!