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Lafayette music faculty Skip Wilkins and Glenn Davis will join with bassist Roy Cumming for a jazz concert 7 p.m. Sunday at the Williams Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature original music and selections from “the Great American Songbook.” Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the music department.

As assistant professor of music, Wilkins teaches courses in music theory and jazz; Davis gives instruction in percussion. They have played with Cumming in a number of previous engagements, including performances at the legendary Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap and at the Williams Center for the Arts as part of the Wilkins and Allen Quartet.

For more than 25 years, Wilkins has enjoyed performing with many other accomplished musicians, including saxophonists David Liebman, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, and Plas Johnson; vocalists Jill Allen and Mark Murphy; trumpeters Clark Terry and Conte Candoli; trombonist Al Grey; bassist Milt Hinton; and drummers Bob Moses, Joe Hunt, and Peter Erskine..

In 2001, Wilkins and Allen released Petty Theft on Cathexis Records. Featuring the Wilkins & Allen Quartet and Grammy-nominated saxophonist David Liebman, the CD received significant airplay and positive reviews nationwide, including a three-star review from Karl Stark in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Previously, Wilkins & Allen released Two Much Fun! on Eaglear Records. Some of their highlight performances together include New York’s Tavern on the Green and The Wichita Jazz Festival, and tours around the United States.

Wilkins teaches courses in music theory and jazz at Lafayette. Previously, he taught at University of Northern Colorado, spending many of his eight years there in the nationally acclaimed Jazz Studies program. He earned a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado. He also studied jazz composition and arrangement with Herb Pomeroy at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is a former faculty member at Berklee.

Wilkins is a 2001 fellowship recipient from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, receiving an award for excellence in jazz composition. Many of the compositions for which he was recognized are included on Petty Theft.

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