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Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Edward Wilkerson Jr. is an internationally recognized jazz musician, composer, arranger, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the octet 8 Bold Souls, and the twenty-five-member ensemble Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. In addition to his work with his own groups, he performs with the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, the Temptations, Chico Freeman, Geri Allen, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, and George Lewis. He is a frequent collaborator in Chicago's Asian American music scene, playing with Tatsu Aoki's MIYUMI Project and Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate. A major presence in Chicago's AACM, Wilkerson teaches composition at the organization's music school and served for a time as AACM President.