Wayne Wilkinson is a guitarist originally from San Antonio, Texas who now lives in Colorado Springs and teaches at Colorado Springs Conservatory as well as Colorado State University, Pueblo. He is a former member of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble “The Airmen of Note” based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining “The Airmen of Note” in 1991 he played in The Air Force Academy Band’s “The Falconaires” jazz ensemble from 1983 to 1991. During that time in 1989, he was a semi finalist in the national Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search competition.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz and The Detroit Jazz Festival. Artist include Michael Brecker, Earl Klugh Randy Brecker, Joe Williams, Ernie Watts, James Moody, Henry Mancini, Stanley Turrentine. Jack Jones, Dianne Shure, Bob Hope, Roger Williams, Louis Belson and The Four Freshman.
He was also a member of “Zach Smith & The Dixie Power Trio” from 1999 to 2008. This nationally known group travels the country and plays music of Louisiana. The Dixie Power Trio can be heard on XM Radio, NPR and other stations.
Wayne’s latest CD, “Full Circle”, was reviewed in the national magazine “Just Jazz Guitar” Nov ’09 issue. The CD also has received radio airplay on NPR’s“G Strings” in Washington DC and Nick Carver’s “No Idle Frets”.