Wayne Wilkinson, a Benedetto guitar artist and GHS Strings 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 premier Air Force Jazz Ensembles “The Airmen of Note” in Washington, D.C. and the “Falconaires” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wayne performed for Presidents and other dignitaries at venues including the White House and Carnegie Hall as well as major jazz and music festivals.
Quotes from Jazz greats:
“In my life I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more magnificent guitar player than Wayne. His CD “It’s a Lark” is the greatest guitar playing have have ever heard in my entire life.” – Bill Watrous, world-renowned jazz trombonist.
“One hell of a guitar player.” – Johnny Smith, legendary jazz guitarist.
Wayne has played with Bill Watrous, Bucky Pizzarelli, Johnny Smith, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Houston Person, Nelson Rangell, Harry Allen, Lenore Raphael, Ed Polcer, Allan Viche, BriaSkonberg, 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. Wayne is currently touring with jazz great pianist, Lenore Raphael.
Wayne plays a Benedetto Bambino and Ben-Bino Jazz Guitars, with GHS Strings through a Henriksen Jazz Amp.
Todd Williams attended the Jazz Studies program at Denver University. He has performed with Javon Jackson (Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers) and trombone great Bill Watrous. Todd Williams is currently the drum and percussion instructor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. He currently plays regularly with Wayne Wilkinson and freelances with many Colorado artists.
Andy Burtschi has worked as a professional bassist for over 20 years and currently resides in Colorado Springs. He studied music at the University of North Texas and the University of Evansville. He was adjunct professor at Millikin University from 1998 to 2008. An in-demand bassist with extensive studio and live experience, Andy enjoys a full playing schedule with many fine musicians.