Dave Wilkes


Dave WilkesDavid Wilkes, served as Vice President of A&R (Artists & Repertoire) at Koch Records (now known as E1 Music), whose roster included Ringo Starr, Joan Baez, Chris Brubeck, numerous country and hip-hop artists and contemporary jazz greats that Wilkes signed to the label.

He brought to this position many years of experience in different genres, when he managed The Bitter End Café in NYC and became the first manager of future stars Barry Manilow, Emmylou Harris and Jerry Jeff Walker. He later worked as a publisher for MCA Music and Sire Records and became President of A&R with Vanguard Records, whose roster included Joan Baez, Buffy St. Marie and Kinky Friedman.

In the mid 70s, Wilkes started his own management, publishing and production company and purchased The Coffee House Circuit which he had originally helped to set up while at The Bitter End Café. The Coffee House Circuit booked acts such as Harris, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, John Denver and many other artists through a joint venture with the NEC (later NACA). His later endeavors included working at Mercury Records as VP of A&R and creating a joint label deal with Koch and Shanachie/Cache Records.

Dave helped give Koch Records a presence in the contemporary jazz world by signing such artists as: Jerry Douglas, Sophie Milman, Earl Klugh, Bob James, Marcus Miller, Michael Franks, Oleta Adams, Bela Fleck and Steve Oliver.