RIP Jack Wilkins 1944 – 2023

Jazz Guitar Life laments the passing of the great Jack Wilkins. His work ethic, character and influence within the Jazz Guitar Community set a high standard of dedication and commitment for us all to follow and his memory will continue on. He will be missed deeply and our condolences go out to his family, friends, students and fans. A sad day. RIP Mr. Wilkins.

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  1. A vida é fácil de ser explicada, assim como a morte.
    Infelizmente ele foi mais um dos grandes artistas que faleceu no seu inferno astral, ou seja, antes do aniversário dele.

  2. I’m glad I got to see him perform live and I got to meet him and we talked guitar as I was a guitarist from San Francisco he was very warm and welcoming and I’m sorry that he’s gone. He contributed a lot to jazz guitar.

    • Hi Tyrone and thanks for your comment. Glad that you got to see and meet Jack. From all that I have heard, he was a sweetheart of a man and he defininitely contributed a lot to our relatively small community.

      Take care and all the best.

      Lyle – Jazz Guitar life

  3. I was greatly saddened to learn of jack Wilkins death I met him in Sydney aus maybe 20 years ago and I watched him so often on u tube and I admired greatly he was one of the great guitar players and I always imagined we knew each other. rip jack

    • Thanks for the comment John. Very cool that you had the opportunity to meet him in person. He is indeed one of the great guitar players and his memory will live on.

      Take care and all the best.

      Lyle – Jazz Guitar Life

  4. I met Jack Wilkins a few times and found him warm and generous with his time, and musical and guitar knowledge. He will be missed.

  5. Just heard about Jack’s passing. Was lucky enough to have seen him several times with the great English pianist Derek Smith and his amazing quartet. Jack was one of the best. RIP Jack Wilkins.

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