VICTOR “RED” ATKINS

Place of Birth: Selma, Alabama

Selma native and pianist Victor “Red” Atkins left the Manhattan School of Music one semester shy of completing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. After recording Delfeayo Marsalis' “Pontius Pilate's Decision,” he had to make a decision: continue his formal education or pursue a career as a professional musician. Music won and before long the pianist was jet-setting around the Americas and Europe with Elvin Jones, Mark Whitfield, Nnenna Freelon and Leroy Jones.

He has been documented on CDs with Joshua Redman along with Wynton and Bradford Marsalis. Atkins has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America” and Black Entertainment Television's “Jazz Notes,” and he has worked with such artists as Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison and Ray Anderson. He served as an adjunct professor for Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, and is now on full time faculty there.

He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.

Source: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=14384

 

 

Victor “Red” Atkins' style of piano has been described as "infectious, unconventional, tasteful, and powerful" all at the same time. Hailing from Selma, Alabama, he began playing with Delfeayo Marsalis in 1989 and was an integral part of the seminal work “Pontius Pilate’s Decision.” After receiving a B.A. from Berklee College of Music in Boston and an M.F.A. from the Manhattan School of Music, Victor has toured and performed with an impressive list of artists including Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Aaron Neville, Nnenna Freelon, Brian Blade, Lalah Hathaway, and Nicholas Payton.

In addition to being a part of the Jazz Studies faculty at the University of New Orleans, he still travels extensively with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.  Some of his most creative work was produced during his time with the New Orleans based Los Hombres Calientes, which produced an innovative brand of Latin jazz that can be heard on their Volumes 1-5.  In every musical situation, Victor executes improvisational passages with great dexterity,combined with superior creative artistry.  As guitarist Mark Whitfield stated, "Red plays with a great sense of time and rhythm, a great sense of fire and energy, and a lot of soul and spirit." -Delfeayo Marsalis

Source: http://www.music.uno.edu/faculty/vatkins.cfm

Pianist Victor "Red" Atkins, from Selma Alabama, left the Manhattan School of Music one semester shy of completing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance. After recording Delfeayo Marsalis' "Pontius Pilate's Decision," he had to make a decision: continue his formal education or pursue a career as a professional musician. Music won and before long the pianist was jet-setting around the Americas and Europe with Elvin Jones, Mark Whitfield, Nnenna Freelon and Leroy Jones. Victor has been a long-time member of Grammy nominated Afro-Cuban jazz group Los Hombres Calientes and has recently been touring and recording with jazz-funk legends The Headhunters.

He has been documented on CDs with Joshua Redman along with Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Atkins has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America" and Black Entertainment Television's "Jazz Notes," and he has worked with such artists as Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison and Ray Anderson. When he is not touring, he is an adjunct professor for Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans. To top it off, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998. With ElectraVibe he has a chance to be inducted into jail.

Victor's main instruments with ElectraVibe are a Yamaha Motif 7 & 8

Source: http://www.electravibe.com/VictorBio.html

Delfeayo Marsalis and pianist Victor "Red" Atkins were undergraduates together at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After college, Atkins moved to New Orleans and, after Katrina, back to his home state of Alabama. Saxophonist Clarence Johnson III is a lifelong New Orleanian, now in Atlanta. Clarence played baritone sax on camera in the movie Ray. Bassist Edwin Livingston is a Texan who has worked often in New Orleans; he's now in Los Angeles. Delfeayo and drummer Jason Marsalis still live in New Orleans. Delfeayo says it's been very rough after Katrina, especially for the people without money.

Source: http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzset/shows/delfeayomarsalis2006.html

Also in Los Hombres' lineup, pianist Atkins was the only non-core member to perform at the group's exciting Snug Harbor debut in 1998; he was cited by New Orleans for his work on Los Hombres' debut album, "a first class recording with classy keyboard work by Atkins."

Source: http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-musicians/los-hombres-calientes-biography

 

 

 

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