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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- One young Jacksonville musician is playing with the pros. His name is is Corey Wilcox, and he is playing two times at this year's Jazz Festival.

Wilcox, 25, has been playing trombone for 13 years and with his skill, it is evident, that practice makes perfect.

Now, Wilcox is hitting a high note with some major jazz musicians.

"I didn't expect anything like this to happen," said Wilcox.

He says he is grateful for the opportunity to play with such major musicians.

"I am so unpredictable about when dreams come true and it just happens when you least expect it," said Wilcox. "Especially in a place like Jacksonville."

Wilcox comes from a musical family and his father, Wycliffe Gordon, is a jazz trombonist, composer and band leader. Wilcox has never taken a private lesson. However, that did not stop him from getting into Oberlin Conservatory and Douglas Anderson school of the arts as a sophomore in college. Today, Wilcox is a student at Jacksonville University.

JU ensemble member Cody Wheaton, is a bass and trombone player. He says Wilcox is a great musician and a great member of the ensemble.

"He motivates me to be a better musicians and try new things," said Wheaton.

"My love of music is like painting a scenery," said Wilcox. "The same goes if you are composing music."

Wilcox has completed more than 80 compositions.

Wilcox is playing Friday night at 7PM at the Jacksonville landing. He is also playing Saturday at 3 PM on the main stage with the Jacksonville University ensemble.

Jazz Festival continues through memorial day.

For event info: CLICK HERE

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