Victor Atkins

aka Atlas Jones

 

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