Immanuel Wilkins: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Suraya Mohamed | February 3, 2021
Candles and books rest on a trunk at the bottom right corner of the wide shot. There, too, are special photographs of alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins with family in his childhood home in Philadelphia. "One of the brightest things about this pandemic was going home to spend time with my mother, father and grandmother after being on the road for a while," Wilkins told NPR recently.
He also had time to meet up with his long time bandmates - Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, Kweku Sumbry on drums -in Manhattan's Sear Sound studio to record this set. The quartet has been playing together for years, which is remarkable considering Wilkins is only 23 years old. In 2019, they recorded Wilkins' debut album, Omega, and released it last year to high acclaim. The project is all about Blackness, Black theory, the Black experience and the struggle and triumph that go with it all.
With a carefully crafted form and melody, "Grace and Mercy" is a lyrical story about peace, forgiveness and humility. "Warriors" is a driving, dynamic tune that conveys the shield of protection provided by our inner circles. "The Dreamer" is a tender piece that honors the Black writer and activist James Weldon Johnson and is based on his poem "A Midday Dreamer." The opening lines are played effortlessly on bass by Johns and when Wilkins joins in, his melodic saxophone exudes the rhythm of the poem's first stanza: "I love to sit alone, and dream, and dream, and dream..."
"Grace and Mercy"
"The Dreamer"
Immanuel Wilkins: saxophone
Daryl Johns: bass
Micah Thomas: piano
Kweku Sumbry: drums
Video and Audio: Brandon Unpingco, Alessio Romano for Studio 42 Brooklyn and Chris Allen
Creative Direction: Sekai Abeni, Machel Ross
Scenic Design: Frank Oliva, Rodrigo Fernandez
Lighting Consultant: Cheyenne Sykes
Producer: Suraya Mohamed
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Associate Producer: Bobby Carter
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    27 dagen geleden

    NPR Music's Tiny Desk series is celebrating Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. Click here to watch what we’ve published so far:

  2. Miss Bermudez Teacher EBPCDV
    Miss Bermudez Teacher EBPCDV
    5 uur geleden


  3. おむすび
    Dag geleden


  4. Norelyn paraguay
    Norelyn paraguay
    2 dagen geleden

    Peace and💜

  5. Harold Archie
    Harold Archie
    2 dagen geleden

    Wow!!! The Tiny Desk I never knew I needed. This is beautiful.

  6. Lynn1971
    5 dagen geleden

    Wonderful concert!!! Thank you! A true testament to TRUE jazz!! Awesome!!!

  7. Dee Rich
    Dee Rich
    7 dagen geleden

    My goodness this was so full, rich, and musical! Wow. The sound and vibration seemingly picked me up and we floated away. lol.

  8. gadekownik
    7 dagen geleden

    2020 best jazz album! It deeply moves my soul and stimulates my brain. Thank you!

  9. Guy Norend
    Guy Norend
    7 dagen geleden

    I can listen to this in a loop . Stays fresh !

  10. Hernan Cassibba
    Hernan Cassibba
    10 dagen geleden

    Daryl Johns tremendoooooo!!!

  11. Truth Street
    Truth Street
    11 dagen geleden

    Reminds of the Real McCoy!

  12. Matt Guitar
    Matt Guitar
    11 dagen geleden

    The dreamer is so pretty

  13. Calvin Caron
    Calvin Caron
    14 dagen geleden

    need a joel ross tiny desk please

    1. Samuel Augustin
      Samuel Augustin
      8 dagen geleden

      I said this after the first album!!!!!

  14. Joseph Dejarnette
    Joseph Dejarnette
    14 dagen geleden

    The bass tone sounds so good on this!

  15. Pedro Ignacio Ahets Etcheberry
    Pedro Ignacio Ahets Etcheberry
    15 dagen geleden


  16. M2 H2
    M2 H2
    15 dagen geleden


  17. Sa 303 Ya
    Sa 303 Ya
    16 dagen geleden

    いい音、いい曲✨💕💕💕癒された〜😊 ありがとうございます🙏✨

  18. E- Dogg
    E- Dogg
    16 dagen geleden

    I just don’t get this music!! it feels disconnected , and all over the map!, I’m not sure what people like about this, I’m not trying to disrespect this music just expressing my true feelings, That being said i respect the musicianship of the players !!! Now. you may begin the all out attack on me now !!!

  19. zori patrick
    zori patrick
    16 dagen geleden


  20. Reginald Reid
    Reginald Reid
    16 dagen geleden

    One of my favorite records from 2020....

  21. Beka Gigauri
    Beka Gigauri
    17 dagen geleden

    Incredible Micah Thomas!!

  22. Marcus
    18 dagen geleden

    This is the least boring new music I’ve heard in ages

  23. El Mission
    El Mission
    19 dagen geleden

    sux. boring.

  24. Miquel M
    Miquel M
    20 dagen geleden

    Great concert !! Jazz at the highest level. Greetings from Poland.

  25. Ken K
    Ken K
    20 dagen geleden


  26. Juan Nicolás Castro Martínez
    Juan Nicolás Castro Martínez
    20 dagen geleden


  27. Official Candice Hoyes
    Official Candice Hoyes
    21 dag geleden

    Awesome! Such a gorgeous album

  28. Emily Cervantes
    Emily Cervantes
    22 dagen geleden

    Y’all should get Ocean Alley up in hereee

  29. Ayomide Ajayi
    Ayomide Ajayi
    22 dagen geleden

    This is Jazz divine

  30. stanmans
    23 dagen geleden


  31. Parvati Watt
    Parvati Watt
    23 dagen geleden

    i keep coming back to this one. never enough.

  32. Julian Ferrer
    Julian Ferrer
    23 dagen geleden

    the dreamer though, im gonna cry so beautiful lol

  33. Julian Ferrer
    Julian Ferrer
    23 dagen geleden


  34. Ava Borelli
    Ava Borelli
    23 dagen geleden


  35. Sasha king crimson
    Sasha king crimson
    23 dagen geleden


  36. barbudo12
    24 dagen geleden

    Sublime musicianship. Excellent.

  37. Jade Rene
    Jade Rene
    24 dagen geleden

    This entire performance is just a fresh breath of air, that I needed to exhale!!!! Thank you so much Tiny Desk!!!!❤️😍🤯🥰

    1. Deja Belle
      Deja Belle
      16 dagen geleden

      Yes girl its on repeat for me!!!

  38. estebanfreytes
    24 dagen geleden

    Hay futuro

  39. Alberto Portocarrero
    Alberto Portocarrero
    24 dagen geleden


  40. pasquale de rosa
    pasquale de rosa
    24 dagen geleden

    Bravissimi, specialmente l'ultimo solo del bassista!!

  41. Silva Barros
    Silva Barros
    24 dagen geleden

    Every day I enjoy this performance and every time a new sensation. My heart overflows and music always saves. Thank you for that NPR Music. peace and love for everyone.

  42. kuntkint123
    25 dagen geleden

    Thank you for this great performance and album. Needed this!

  43. blackcosmos
    25 dagen geleden

    Nice ensemble those guys r far out...

  44. 칩멍
    26 dagen geleden

    grace and mercy...🙊🙊🙊

  45. Joyce Glasgow
    Joyce Glasgow
    26 dagen geleden

    I, too, love to sit alone and dream, and dream, and dream.❤️🙏❤️

  46. Joyce Glasgow
    Joyce Glasgow
    26 dagen geleden

    Fabulous band and beautiful material!❤️🔥❤️🎶❤️

  47. Tyrone Dunigan
    Tyrone Dunigan
    26 dagen geleden

    This is what skill and artistry look like. On that last song Daryl Johns just left his body and went somewhere else!

  48. Stephen Braunginn
    Stephen Braunginn
    26 dagen geleden

    These young musicians are old souls! I’ve played Immanuel Wilkins’ Blue Note inaugural album, “Omega” almost every show (bi-monthly) for the last three months. This is a great album! And he’s only, what? 23, 24 years old!

  49. Lluc's Things
    Lluc's Things
    26 dagen geleden

    this is the best

  50. Kim Clarke
    Kim Clarke
    26 dagen geleden

    Beautiful, sincere,perfect.Thank You.

  51. nancy ruiz
    nancy ruiz
    27 dagen geleden

    absolute fire from beginning to end.

  52. TiTi Talks
    TiTi Talks
    27 dagen geleden

    This is exquisite! Phenomenal performance all around. Jazz's future is in good hands!

  53. James Rhodes
    James Rhodes
    27 dagen geleden

    this is on fire ..and it swings

  54. Musawenkosi Ndimande
    Musawenkosi Ndimande
    27 dagen geleden

    Please look into Nduduzo Makhathini thank. I'm sure you will find him interesting thank you in advance.

  55. pauligno74
    27 dagen geleden


  56. Gregg Richter
    Gregg Richter
    27 dagen geleden

    Is that the pigeon lady from Home Alone 2 on bass? Glad to see she found some work.

  57. Andrzej Šivrinskij
    Andrzej Šivrinskij
    27 dagen geleden


  58. Barbara Cifelli
    Barbara Cifelli
    27 dagen geleden great that this music is out in the world. Thank you.

  59. Moti Ben Shoshan
    Moti Ben Shoshan
    27 dagen geleden

    Beautiful music!! and what an excellent and interesting drumming

  60. Laurent Coq
    Laurent Coq
    27 dagen geleden

    Marjorie Taylor Greene was here this morning. She pushed the thumb down twenty times, and then missed Q-anon and went back to it.

  61. Elijah Mayaka
    Elijah Mayaka
    28 dagen geleden

    This was great . Such a lovely addition to the npr tiny desk ... Immanuel Wilkins quartet as always outstanding music and amazing performance ! Love your music and expression 💯

  62. yaddah mehluli
    yaddah mehluli
    28 dagen geleden

    👇 Here before a million!

  63. EJUKU
    28 dagen geleden

    where have yall been whaaatttttiiiiii

  64. 2Live 2Love 2Dance
    2Live 2Love 2Dance
    28 dagen geleden

    OMG! So glad I found this! I was listening to this while working feverishly. You all just set my soul right! I had just had to stop and let you know you all made my day! THank you. You have a new fan!

  65. Daniel Boaro
    Daniel Boaro
    28 dagen geleden


  66. Sung Ha
    Sung Ha
    28 dagen geleden

    Im pretty sure ron burgundy couldnt top this performance.

  67. avantijazz
    28 dagen geleden

    Ooooh my! That's an alto sound and a half, I love it. The whole band is rocking up a storm. My my my. Thanks Immanuel and band, and thanks to NPR as always.

  68. Morgan Hernandez
    Morgan Hernandez
    28 dagen geleden


  69. Helmut Nowak
    Helmut Nowak
    28 dagen geleden

    a holy musical moment, thx!

  70. Jahari Stampley
    Jahari Stampley
    28 dagen geleden

    An iconic moment in history :-)

  71. Mark Tourtellotte
    Mark Tourtellotte
    28 dagen geleden

    Surprisingly excellent my brothers!

  72. Mak Yorihiro
    Mak Yorihiro
    28 dagen geleden


  73. Eduardo Angeles
    Eduardo Angeles
    28 dagen geleden

    Pixar's Soul movie brought me here.... "i'm jazzing"

  74. DESKA8181
    28 dagen geleden

    Who the heck would give this a thumbs down , those sobs

  75. Peter van de Woestijne
    Peter van de Woestijne
    28 dagen geleden

    this is what jazz should sound like ....beautiful storytelling....

  76. RED GATE 28
    RED GATE 28
    28 dagen geleden

    very jazz

  77. Jkaku Rinpoche
    Jkaku Rinpoche
    28 dagen geleden


  78. Ena Abena Amankwa
    Ena Abena Amankwa
    29 dagen geleden

    The drummer’s accents and timing are impeccable throughout. Pianist is all into those 88’s!! Warriors...I can see dance choreography with that piece. Y’all are standing dancing on the shoulders of the jazz musician ancestors and obviously listening well! Keep pushing!!!

    1. avantijazz
      28 dagen geleden

      Totally agree, the drummer is exciting like the first time I heard Eric Harland. He is fresh new and killing it.

  79. Paris I
    Paris I
    29 dagen geleden


  80. Sam Burgess
    Sam Burgess
    29 dagen geleden

    exactly what i needed

  81. oscar kwame poku nsiah owusu
    oscar kwame poku nsiah owusu
    29 dagen geleden

    I wish he played PART 2 SAUDADE. If you guys have not heard it , go listen

  82. Ahzi
    29 dagen geleden

    It was a worship

  83. pauligno74
    29 dagen geleden

    Nice and sweet

  84. sin reglas
    sin reglas
    29 dagen geleden

    3 am

  85. Joe Chongsiriwatana
    Joe Chongsiriwatana
    29 dagen geleden


    1. Maisha Hyman
      Maisha Hyman
      29 dagen geleden

      Soooo killin!!

  86. Liam Budge
    Liam Budge
    29 dagen geleden

    Killing music. Awesome fantastic if work on the video! Looks and sounds great!!

  87. Chris McDole
    Chris McDole
    29 dagen geleden

    The future of our music

  88. Rafe Schaberg
    Rafe Schaberg
    29 dagen geleden


  89. Tyler Blake
    Tyler Blake
    29 dagen geleden

    I think Immanuel will soon be looked at as one of the best musicians of our time. His album is incredible!

    1. Tyler Blake
      Tyler Blake
      28 dagen geleden

      @Samuel Augustin Absolutely! Blue Note has some incredible young talent

    2. Samuel Augustin
      Samuel Augustin
      28 dagen geleden

      Him and Joel Ross!

  90. Sam Luckman
    Sam Luckman
    29 dagen geleden

    Amazing! History in the making.

  91. Antifaws
    29 dagen geleden

    Great! Didn't know my grandma plays bass.

  92. William Bouldin
    William Bouldin
    29 dagen geleden

    Phenomenally beautiful and refreshing sound - BRAVO. Jazz lives! Splendid set design and footage, so well done.

  93. Fabi Villa
    Fabi Villa
    29 dagen geleden

    The bassist is much s p a c e. Also the cinematography !

    1. Fouz
      15 dagen geleden

      @Adam D, are you serius dude ? There must be something wrong with yourself ! Please get a life... 😉

    2. Adam D
      Adam D
      17 dagen geleden

      but why he's dressed like "babushka"? ;)

    3. Kwaku Appiah
      Kwaku Appiah
      21 dag geleden

      Daryl johns is a boy genius. His solo on "The Dreamer" is sublime

    4. Studio42
      28 dagen geleden

      Thank you!

  94. Felipe Hosiasson
    Felipe Hosiasson
    29 dagen geleden


  95. Dela A.
    Dela A.
    29 dagen geleden

    fun fact the drummer is my teacher

    1. oriondrums2
      14 dagen geleden

      fun fact, I used to be in an ensemble with Immanuel for a number of years i knew he was gonna be famous since he was in middle school

    2. Jason Marsalis
      Jason Marsalis
      23 dagen geleden

      @Kweku Sumbry Greetings! If Guinea West African rhythms are being taught, I need lessons with you. I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the majority of music post-2000 but the album you guys made was truly enjoyable and inspiring. Hope to see ya'll live at some point. Stay safe out there. Jason

    3. Kweku Sumbry
      Kweku Sumbry
      25 dagen geleden

      @Jason Marsalis Hello Jason! We are currently exploring some dundunba rhythms from Guinea west Africa and how we can adapt them to the drum kit. Thanks for checking out this video, truly means a lot to me. All the best, Sumbry

    4. Jason Marsalis
      Jason Marsalis
      27 dagen geleden

      That's great. I'm curious, what's covered in the lessons?

    5. yaddah mehluli
      yaddah mehluli
      28 dagen geleden

      That's really dope!

  96. Jamal Alqassem
    Jamal Alqassem
    29 dagen geleden

    Sound so good had to listen to it again

  97. J G
    J G
    29 dagen geleden

    excellent timing --so beautiful, thanks

  98. vincenzo pellegrino
    vincenzo pellegrino
    29 dagen geleden

    God... Micah Thomas is so incredible

  99. Robocrump
    29 dagen geleden

    23 years old... jazz is in a good place

  100. The Northern Peach
    The Northern Peach
    29 dagen geleden

    Unbelievably Amazing.