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Dan Wilensky

Dan Wilensky was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and moved to Berkeley the following year. Music was in the air at the Wilensky house: every family member played at least one instrument, and family jam sessions were frequent. He began piano lessons at age 8 and saxophone the following year after hearing the {{m: Duke Ellington = 6521}} Orchestra perform at Berkeley High School on a field trip. Dan flourished in the rich school music program created by Herb Wong, Dick Whittington, and Phil Hardymon, and also studied with BHS grad Steve Elson, and his teacher, Hal Stein. As a teenager, he street played, performed with schoolmates {{m: Benny Green = 7196}}, {{m: Craig Handy = 7385}} and {{m: Steve Bernstein = 23487}}, gigged with local bands, attended jazz clinics, won top honors in various competitions, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival three times, and was a guest soloist with {{m: Woody Herman = 7596}}

ALL IN ALL

Label: Polyglot Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: United We Stand; Christmas In Argentina; Seven Bees; Haleakala; Antonio; Another Summer; O Amor Se Foi; Democracy On The Rocks; Dig The Gist; Celestial Rendezvous; Soliloquy; While She Waits; Soon And Very Soon

Good Music

Label: Polyglot Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: 'S Wonderful; This Morning; And I Love Her; Slick; Say What You Really Mean; I Should Care; Country Mouse; Get Together; Sway; Jazz In The Park; Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Wilensky: Good Music

Read "Good Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

“There are only two kinds of music. Good Music and the other kind." So said Duke Ellington, and probably a whole bunch of other people. Good Music is saxophonist Dan Wilensky's examination of music for music's sake, his unpretentious “serving the music" recording. Seven of the eleven tunes are chordless trio affairs, bringing--as a ...

Made In Portland

Label: Polyglot Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Sweet 16; I Wish You Love; Like Jack; What Is This Thing Called Love?; What'll I Do; Northwest State of Mind; Ancient Grace; Let's Talk; In The Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening; My Slice of Paradise; Bela Baby; Laughter In The Rain; Longhair.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Relocating is never easy, but it would seem that multi-reedist Dan Wilensky has acclimated quite well to the musical climate of Portland, Oregon since arriving there in 2012. The latest release from this man-of-many-talents puts him in close quarters with a collection of that city's finest musicians, a crew that's ready and eager to tackle Wilensky's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A Hollywood/TV industry musician who has performed on, or arranged for such programs as, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Tonight Show and several others, Portland-based composer and saxophonist Dan Wilensky is currently performing and teaching in Portland, from where he records his fifth album as leader on Made In Portland, offering eight fresh new originals ...

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
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Back In The Mix

Label: Polyglot Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Back In The Mix; Hand In Hand; Tenderly; Here; Just Happy; Lament; Falling In Love With Love; Kenai; After All Is Said And Done


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