Corey Wilkes Quintet Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 30, 9:30 p.m. and Sat., May 31, 9:30 p.m. 2014

Chicago trumpeter Corey Wilkes hit the road with the Art Ensemble of Chicago in late 2003, when he was just 24—he was the first trumpeter to play in the group since the death of Lester Bowie in 1999. His audacious range, technical chops, and melodic imagination have been on display from day one, whether he’s playing slick R&B-kissed arrangements with Black Slang or carrying on the fiery free-jazz tradition of the AACM with Abstrakt Pulse. Wilkes hasn’t made a new record since 2011’s Kind of Miles: Live at the Velvet Lounge (Katalyst), a wide-ranging treatment of Miles Davis’s music that was his first release to reflect his growing maturity, with the extroverted flash toned down and the smoldering intensity turned up. Wilkes has only improved since, sharpening his sense of economy, and this weekend he leads his quintet through its usual mix of originals and standards. His expansive treatment of the Davis material continues to be a staple of his live sets, and he also promises new tunes, which should turn up on an album early next year. Tonight Wilkes is joined by vibist Justin Thomas, pianist Robert “Baabe” Irving III, bassist Aaron Zachary, and drummer Xavier Breaker. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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