2016 Grammy nominated trombonist and composer Marshall Gilkes combines the spontaneous invention of jazz and the elegant architecture of classical composition with virtuosic technique and passionate emotion. His decadent sound can be heard in the lush impressionism of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; the exotic chamber jazz of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda’s trio; and New York’s thriving Latin music scene. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Christian McBride Big Band, Billy Cobham, Richard Bona, and Barbra Streisand. A finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2003 and Juilliard alumnus, Gilkes has released four albums as a leader. The latest, Köln, features a stunning set of his compositions for Germany’s WDR Big Band and is nominated for two 2016 Grammy Awards including Best Large Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition for “Vesper.” Gilkes has taught around the world including at The Banff Center, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and is the trombone professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Marshall Gilkes is an artist for Edwards Instruments.