New York Famous Jazz Guitarist, Jack Wilkin Dies At 78
Jazz Guitarist Obituary: On Friday, May 5, 2023, Jack Rivers Lewis, also known as Jack Wilkins, tragically went away. When he passed away, he was 78 years old.
Jack Rivers Lewis was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4, 1944. Wilkins, a native of New York City, grew up listening to his parents’ music, which included Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
He initially picked up a guitar when he was thirteen years old. He would listen to CDs by Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Django Reinhardt, and Charlie Christian from his elderly uncle.
Along with Smith’s Designed for You, he mentions the albums Sounds of Synanon by Joe Pass, Poll Winners by Barney Kessel, The Swinging Guitar by Tal Farlow, and Interpretations of Tal Farlow as some of the ones that meant the most to him.
In bands led by Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, Warren Covington, and Sammy Kaye, he played guitar while still a teen. He also worked with Dan Armstrong, Lew Tabackin, Lloyd Wells, and Lew Soloff.
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