Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalWeJazzUp
Pianist, composer, producer, band leader, and educator Frank Wilkins is known throughout the United States for his soulful, swinging, sensitive approach to music. An alumnus of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music, Wilson has instructed at Berklee, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the New England Institute of Art. Among his many accomplishments, Wilkins is the recipient of the Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award while attending Berklee and the Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Council of the Arts. For more then two decades Wilkins has been working with programs such as A Journey into Jazz and Eats and Beats, bringing the music and history to students in grades K-12. Renowned local, national, and international performances include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Jon Faddis, Najee, Rebecca Parris, and Mike Stern. Wilkins has opened for Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Al Green, Gladys Knight, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Performances have covered all of the major New England jazz/r&b clubs, as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and many celebrated performances throughout West Africa, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, and Mexico.