Joel Ross/Immanuel Wilkins Quintet

Immanuel Wilkins
Immanuel Wilkins is an American saxophonist, composer, arranger, and band leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music. He has been working and recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. His mission is to create sounds that have a profound spiritual and emotional impact.

Joel Ross
Chicago native vibraphonist Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists – Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more. He was selected twice as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and recently completed a two year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. A fitting addition to trumpeter Marquis Hill’s wonderful group – before their 2016 European tour – Ross has just recorded his own debut album “Good Vibes,” to be released in 2018.

“Ross swings effortlessly on the vibraphone, sometimes opting for a brittle sound reminiscent of Lionel Hampton, other times creating smooth and expressive lines in the vein of Milt Jackson. Yet while Ross’s sound is grounded in tradition, his rhythmic approach is very contemporary—intensely syncopated and excitingly abstract.”

— Kevin Laskey, The Jazz Gallery

Line-up: Joel Ross – vibes; Emmanuel Wilkins – saxophone; Ed Simon – piano; Matt Brewer – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums