Marshall Gilkes

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Marshall Gilkes
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Background information
Birth name Marshall Allan Gilkes
Born (1978-09-30)September 30, 1978
Camp Springs, Maryland, United States
Occupation(s) Composer, Trombonist
Instruments Trombone
Years active 1998(?)–Present
Associated acts Marshall Gilkes Quintet

Marshall Gilkes (born September 30, 1978) is an American jazz trombonist and composer.


Marshall Gilkes was born in Camp Springs, Maryland to a musical family; his mother was a classical vocalist and pianist and his father was a conductor of the Air Force Academy Band. Due to his father's military profession, Gilkes had a rather itinerant upbringing in Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, New Jersey, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado.

Gilkes received his early musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Northern Colorado, and William Patterson University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. His teachers include Joseph Alessi, Conrad Herwig, Buddy Baker, Ed Neumeister, and Wycliffe Gordon.

In 2003, Marshall Gilkes was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.[1]

Gilkes currently plays in the Maria Schneider Orchestra[2] and David Berger's Sultans of Swing. He is also a member of the internationally acclaimed Edmar Castañeda Trio. His performance experience encompasses a wide range of musical styles; he has performed with the Village Vanguard Orchestra,[2] Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stanley Turrentine, and Benny Golson. In the Latin music community, he has performed with Machito,[2] Giovanni Hidalgo, Chico O’Farrell, Tito Nieves, Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, Raulin Rosendo, Ray Sepulveda, Eddie Santiago, José Alberto, and Iroko La Banda. Additionally, he played in the 2000-2001 National and Japanese tours of the Broadway show Swing!.

Gilkes has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and South America. Previous performance engagements include the Umbria Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Tokyo's Orchard Hall, and the Moscow Conservatory. In March 2008, Gilkes was invited to perform with the jazz drummer Billy Cobham and the Adelaide Philharmonic at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in Australia. He was a guest performer at the International Trombone Festival May 28–31, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

With the exception of one track, Marshall Gilkes composed all new original material for his 2004 record, "Edenderry." The album received excellent reviews from, among others, Jazz Times, All About Jazz,[1] and the Trombone Journal.

In 2010, Marshall Gilkes became a full-time member of the Grammy Award-winning WDR Big Band, after a grueling audition process.

2016 Grammy Nomination[edit]

In February 2015, Marshall Gilkes released his fourth album Köln as leader and his first fronting a big band. This album is the culmination of his time as a member of the WDR Big Band. Köln received two 2016 Grammy nominations for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition.[3]


As leader[edit]

  • Edenderry (2004)
  • Lost Words (2008)[4]
  • Sound Stories (2012)
  • Köln (w/ WDR Big Band) (2015)

As sideman[edit]

with The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

  • Sky Blue (2007)
  • The Thompson Fields (2015)

with The Ryan Keberle Double Quartet

  • Double Quartet (2007)
  • Heavy Dreaming (2010)

with Edmar Castañeda

with David Berger

  • Marlowe (2004)
  • Champian (2007)
  • I Had The Craziest Dream (2008)

with others

  • The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra - Live at the Blue Note (2004)
  • John Fedchock New York Big Band - Up and Running (2007)


  1. ^ a b Turner, Mark (2005-03-13). "CD/LP Review: Edenderry". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d'Souza, Jerry (2008-09-23). "CD/LP Review: Lost Words". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  4. ^ Baekgaard, Jakob (2009-01-21). "Trombone Trilogy". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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