Odean Pope & Immanuel Wilkins
with Kresten Osgood
The blazingly talented young alto saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins grew up just outside of Philadelphia before he decamped for The Juilliard School, where he was mentored by Ambrose Akinmusire and started performing with Jason Moran. Since then, Wilkins has played with Solange, Gretchen Parlato, Wynton Marsalis, and many other luminaires. He won the LetterOne “Rising Stars” Jazz Award following his Blue Note debut, Omega, where his quartet “plays in a new firmament that employs deep lyricism and melodic content, surrounded by more than ample room for imaginative soloing that bears the imprint of modern life,” All About Jazz said.
Nearer the other end of an august career is the tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, a Philly jazz and R&B elder who has played with James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Max Roach. After meeting in Pope’s workshop for young jazz musicians, the pair started a musical relationship that is coming to fruition in an upcoming residency in Philadelphia with Kresten Osgood, the drummer for Paul Bley, Yusef Lateef, and Wadada Leo Smith who also hosts a popular jazz podcast in his native Denmark.
Crossing generations and continents, this unique trio forges jazz’s American past and its global future into an authentically original, musically fecund perspective.
Produced in partnership with WRTI-Philadelphia and JazzDanmark.