Wayne teaches at the nationally accredited Colorado Springs Conservatory where he helped established the current jazz program and is adjunct professor for non-classical guitar at Colorado State University – Pueblo.
Wayne Wilkinson is a recognized and accomplished professional guitarist with more than 38 years of experience performing and touring coast-to-coast. Wayne is a former guitarist of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble “The Airmen of Note” based in Washington, D.C. and the “Falconaires” based in Colorado Springs.
Wayne is a regular performer playing original compositions, traditional, straight ahead, and innovative bebop jazz from the great American songbook and other jazz classics. He tours with pianist Lenore Raphael in addition to performing as a soloist with The Atlanta Jazz Party, 2015. He is performing at East Tennessee State University in the Spring of 2016.
Wayne received the Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society’s Alice Award for contributions to jazz in the Pikes Peak area and was the featured artist at the Colorado Springs Jazz Party which included Harry Allen, Ed Polcer, Allen Vache and many others in the classic jazz world.
Performing venues have included Carnegie Hall, The White House, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and major jazz and special music festivals across the country. He has performed for multiple Presidents, heads of state and other dignitaries.
Wayne has played with Bill Watrous, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Johnny Smith, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Nelson Rangell, Harry Allen, Lenore Raphael, Ed Polcer, Allan Viche, Bria Skonberg, Henry Mancini, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, James Moody and Stanley Turrentine. Other people he’s played with in his career are President Clinton, Jack Jones, Dianne Schuur, Bob Hope, Roger Williams, Louis Belson and The Four Freshman. He is a repeat guest performer with Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz.