In 2003 when trumpeter Corey Wilkes joined the Art Ensemble Of Chicago as the late Lester Bowie’s successor, he was filling huge shoes. Since then, he has carved out his own musical identity with the group while also developing into a versatile performer. Wilkes began playing trumpet when he was ten, making the Illinois All State Honors Jazz Combo in high school. After attending Berklee, in 2002 Wilkes began playing regularly in Chicago clubs. Since that time he has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ledisi, Soulive, James Moody, Von Freeman, Kurt Elling, Greg Osby, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller and Fred Anderson while having opportunities to record with Roscoe Mitchell, Nicole Mitchell, Ernest Dawkins’ Chicago 12, DJ Shannon Harris, Kahil El Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the Exploding Star Orchestra and Evan Parker’s Transatlantic Art Ensemble in addition to the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Corey Wilkes is an Artist In Residence with the Jazz Institute Of Chicago. He recently recorded his debut recording as a leader and his current band is called Black Slang.