Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Philadelphia

Wilson injects punch and zip into jazz standards... his wit shines radiantly... [his] endeavor pronounces clarity of thought, and proclamations of good cheer.
—Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Updated: January 24, 2022

Born: August 22, 1955

Dave Wilson is jazz saxophonist, recording artist, composer, and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area where he leads his band The Dave Wilson Quartet. Born and raised in Bronxville, N.Y. Wilson has studied with saxophonists Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama with a primary focus on tenor and soprano. He is also adept at alto, clarinet, and flute. With his quartet, Wilson and his band mates are known for their exciting improvisations, creative individualistic compositions, and unique arrangements of standards. As the saxophonist states, "what sounds good, is what is true to our artistic vision, and can communicate with the audience on a deep level...it's jazz".

In January 2022, Wilson released his sixth CD, Stretching Supreme (2022 Dave Wilson Music), a homage to Wilson’s idol John Coltrane, whose music changed the course of Wilson’s life and career. In an early review Chris Spector of the Midwest Record writes, “A sax bad boy that knows his stuff pays tribute to Coltrane and doing a fine job interpreting music that lives on 60 years later…Count on this journey through the past to hit all the right notes at every turn.”

The 7-song disc, taped at Philadelphia’s own Chris’ Jazz club on two separate evening in 2017 and 2018 includes 5 John Coltrane compositions, the 3-song suite “Love Supreme”, “Dear Lord”, “Naima”, a Wilson original “On the Prairie” and the Mancini classic “Days Of Wine and Roses”. The performances are the fruition of the quartet’s long-time lineup. As Wilson states, “...On this night I owed so much to my long-time bandmates pianist Kirk Reese, basist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz. We hit some magic, got in a groove, and stayed there. We felt a spirit, a creative flow and were in the moment.”

Wilson’s artistry shines through out the CD, weaving through the legendary saxophonist’s epic suite with a fluidity that is fresh, exciting, and vibrant while spanning a plethora of nuances and dynamics via an arsenal of tenor and soprano horns. As Wilson says. “We were able to capture the magic of a live recording on a good night, and there was no reason to edit or chop these songs down to take away from it. It’s all here in its entirety.”

Early reviews: “A sax bad boy that knows his stuff pays tribute to Coltrane and doing a fine job interpreting music that lives on 60 years later…Count on this journey through the past to hit all the right notes at every turn.” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record “Wilson and his teammates are clearly invested in the enterprise, musically and emotionally… there is enticing jazz to be uncorked here and handsome solos.” -All About Jazz by Jack Bowers

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Here are what some of the critics are saying about Stretching Supreme (2022, Dave Wilson Music)

“A sax bad boy that knows his stuff pays tribute to Coltrane and doing a fine job interpreting music that lives on 60 years later…Count on this journey through the past to hit all the right notes at every turn.” -Chris Spector, Midwest Record “An excellent CD, fully worthy of the one to whom most of the music is dedicated. Wilson was able to achieve Trane’s massive tone, and he really has managed to duplicate his rich, vibrato less sound on tenor, which is a miracle in itself.” -The Art Music Lounge, by Lynn Rene Bayley

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Philadelphia

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

In the South Central Pennsylvania Area, I am actively seeking students for private instruction on woodwind instruments: all saxophones (all levels), clarinet (all levels), flute (beginning to intermediate), and beginning oboe. I believe my name is on your list, but, if it is not, please put it on. You can add the phone number: (717)-581-0153, the email: [email protected], as well as the music studios and their phone numbers that I am associated with (this is important): - Lititz Academy of Music (717) 627-4000, 112 N Locust St, Lititz, PA 17543 - Lancaster Conservatory of Music, (717)-394-7106, 1020 Dillerville Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603 - Pick Music, 717) 266-8942, 60 Glen Dr

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Artists who share similar musical characteristics to Dave Wilson.

Joe Lovano
saxophone
Eric Alexander
saxophone, tenor
Sonny Stitt
saxophone
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
saxophone
Stan Getz
saxophone, tenor
Dexter Gordon
saxophone, tenor
Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
Hank Mobley
saxophone, tenor
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto

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