posted March 10, 2003

Jazz Singer Sunny Wilkerson to Perform

Known as one of the most inventive and flexible singers of her generation, jazz singer Sunny Wilkinson will be performing at Hope College on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Wilkinson has sung with a wide range of groups, including the Count Basie Band, Edgar Winter, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, and Mark Murphy.

Her latest recording is a big band release on Chartmaker Jazz, titled, "Sunny Wilkinson 'High Wire.'" She has released two other recordings since 1990.

Wilkinson performs regularly at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the country, and she teaches jazz voice at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. She is co-founder of "Sisters in Jazz," a mentoring program which has been implemented internationally.

While on campus she will speak on women in jazz and perform with pianist Steve Talaga at noon in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. Wilkinson will also host a vocal jazz clinic with the Hope College vocal jazz students at 2 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium. The public is invited to attend both sessions.

The 6 p.m. performance will feature Wilkinson with the Hope College Faculty Jazz Combo.

The performance will take place prior to the Visiting Writers Series reading featuring Pulitzer Prize- winning writer Robert Olen Butler, and playwright Elizabeth Dewberry.

Additional information on Wilkinson can be found at her Web site, www.sunnywilkinson.com.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located on the former 12th Street between College and Columbia Avenues. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 East 8th St.