Neil Bridge's "Quintessence" w/ Karen Lee feat. Jazz Guitarist Wayne Wilkinson

Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:30 PM
Doors Open at 7:00 PM


1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202  

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Neil Bridge's "Quintessence" w/ Karen Lee feat. Jazz Guitarist Wayne Wilkinson

Neil Bridge's "Quintessence" with Karen Lee

Karen Lee - Vocals

Neil Bridge - Piano

Wayne Wilkinson - Guitar

Ron Bland - Bass

Todd Reid - Drums

Neil Bridge is a legendary Jazz Piano player, composer, arranger, and band-leader. He has accompanied Mel Torme. Anita O'Day, Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Johnny Smith, The Mills Brothers, Clark Terry, Sonny Stitt, and many more. He is well known for accompanying Johnny Smith (legendary world-class guitar player) for 30 years. Neil has currently written over 200 musical arrangements for his eight piece band.

Due to his work as a former music educator with the Denver Public Schools, there is a room dedicated to Neil at the Denver School for the Arts. The room is appropriately titled, the Neil Bridge Jazz Room. Neil created and directed the first Denver City Wide High School Jazz Combo. He and his students received the prestigious Downbeat Award for best High School Jazz Combo in the United States.

Many of his former students went on to have successful careers in Jazz and the entertainment industry, such as Don Cheadle Actor, Nelson Rangell Sax & Flute, Javon Jackson Saxophonist, Gary Sosias Latin Percussionist, Brad Leali Sax, Clarinet and Flute, Ron Miles Trumpeter, Jill Frederickson Drummer, Andrew Hudson Bass, David Pearl Pianist, among many others.

Wayne Wilkinson, a Benedetto guitar artist, has performed and toured across the country and internationally for over four decades. Throughout his career, Wayne has been fortunate to share the stage with iconic jazz musicians and world class performers. As the guitarist for the premieier Air Force Jazz Ensembles "The Airmen of Note" in Washington, jD.C. and the "Falconaires" in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wayne performed for Presidents and other dignitaires at venues including the White House and Carnegie Hall as well as major jazz and music festivals.

Wayne is a headliner guitarist playing high octane stratight ahead jazz, traditional classics from the great American songbook, innovative bebop jazz and original compositions. His Texas roots are recognizable with a hint of western swing infused in his performances.

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