Dan Wilkins' musical journey started at home, playing with his father, pianist Skip Wilkins. First taken by the haunting ballads of Stan Getz and Dexter Gordon, Wilkins naturally took to the tenor saxophone. Teachings of David and Caris Liebman, proved invaluable to his continuous musical pursuit. In 2008, Wilkins moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with saxophonists Steve Wilson and Rich Perry, and pianists Garry Dial and Phil Markowitz.
Throughout his tenure at MSM, Wilkins worked and toured with the collaborative group COLONY, performing around the New York area at 92nd St Y Tribeca, Cornelia St. Cafe, and the Iridium Jazz Club, among others. In October 2012, Wilkins was featured as Artist of the Month at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap. Internationally, Wilkins has been performing at clubs and festivals around the Czech Republic, Germany, and Greece and educating at summer Festivals such as the Czech Jazz Workshop 2012 and 2013, and the Kryoneri Jazz Workshop 2013.
Father and Son, released on Steeplechase Look Out in 2011 features lyrical compositions by Skip Wilkins. The two are complimented by bassist Scott Lee and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. The quartet performs on stages such as the Deer Head Inn, the COTA Festival in Delaware Water Gap, and Lafayette College's Williams Center for the Arts.
Currently, the Dan Wilkins Group features Patrick McGee on soprano saxophone, Vaughn Stoffey and Mike Bono on guitars, Kevin Bernstein and Dave Lantz on keyboards, Daryl Johns on bass, and Jimmy Macbride on drums. This group is a vehicle for composition, breaking away from idiomatic instrumental roles observed in traditional and modern jazz.
Wilkins believes in the power of spiritual rejuvenation and healing through the arts, and studies and practices neuro-muscular bodywork in Bethlehem, PA.