Marshall Gilkes is a performer, composer, sideman, and clinician who settled in New York in 1998. Since then, he has worked steadily as a sideman while honing his own highly individual voice. Gilkes has played and recorded with a variety of artists and ensembles, including the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the Christian McBride Big Band, Billy Cobham, Richard Bona, and Barbra Streisand. His musical career has taken him to stages around the world, including four years in Cologne, Germany as a member of the WDR Big Band. During that time, he worked with renowned soloists, composers, and arrangers including Michael Abene, Vince Mendoza, John Scofield, Chris Potter, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Patti Austin, Mike Stern, Ron Carter, and Maceo Parker. Gilkes ultimately entered the jazz program at The Juilliard School, while continuing his classical education in parallel studying with Joseph Alessi, the Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.
Gilkes released his debut album as a leader, Edenderry (2004), with a quartet featuring pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Johnathan Blake, followed by the quintet recordings Lost Words (2008) and Sound Stories (2012). On Köln (2015), he teams with the German WDR Big Band. Gilkes is an artist for Edwards Instruments.