Take Five With Dave Wilson

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Meet Dave Wilson: Dave Wilson was born and raised in Bronxville, NY. As the leader of his own jazz groups, the Dave Wilson Quartet/Crazeology, Wilson and his band mates are known for their groundbreaking improvisations along with creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson was also co- leader for many years, with the great trumpet stylist, Ben Mauger, of the well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble, the Canal Street Hot 6, (CD; Back In the Day). The Canal Street Hot 6 made numerous festival appearance for traditional jazz audiences including the Hot Steam Jazz Festival in Essex, Conn, the Suncoast Jazz Society in Clearwater, Fla., as well as for the Tri-State and Pennsylvania Jazz Societies. He now heads up an all-star Trad Jazz outfit called the Rampart Street Ramblers. Wilson continues to stretch his boundaries freelancing with both big bands and small ensembles in the area. From concerts to festivals to club dates and private engagements, Wilson averages over 150 gigs per year and has held that number steady since 1990!

Some of the highlights include regular appearances at Chris' Jazz Cafe (one of the leading jazz venues in Philadelphia); the Media (PA) Jazz By Night Festival; also in PA, The Berk's Jazz Fest, Harrisburg's American Music Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Lancaster Jazz Festival, York JazzFest (headlining in 2009 with Jim Ridl, Tony Marino, and Adam Nussbaum), and, with the Canal Street Hot 6, the Hot Steam Jazz Festival (Connecticut), The Suncoast Jazz Society (Clearwater, Fla), Baltimore's Camden Yards. On these and other engagements Wilson has worked with the likes of pianists Jim Ridl (Pat Martino), Phil Markowitz (Dave Liebman); bassists Tony Marino (Dave Liebman), Steve Varner (Pat Martino); drummers Adam Nussbaum, Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods), Marko Marcinko (Dave Liebman); as well as Steve Rudolph (legendary PA based pianist); Saxophonist Tim Warfield; and the legendary Philadelphia guitarist and jazz guru Steve Giordano, among others.

A highlight of Wilson's career was in the fall of 2002, when he released the first CD under his own name, titled Through the Time, featuring himself on tenor and soprano saxophones; Kirk Reese on piano; Steve Meashey on bass; and Jeff Stabley on drums. The release was picked up by Dreamscape Records and received significant airplay on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, and enjoyed additional airplay on over 30 jazz stations nationwide! Through the Time found itself on a few individual stations top 5 stats. A second CD by the Dave Wilson Quartet titled My Time was released in late 2005 on Dreambox Media, a leading Independent record company out of Philadelphia. It garnered favorable reviews nationwide, including such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, All About Jazz, as well as the March, 2007 issue of Jazz Times. It was in radio promotion in late 2006-early 2007 with Mike Carlson and again became a favorite at WRTI as well as some 35-40 jazz stations nationwide achieving chartbound status and peaking at #55 on the Jazz Week album chart rankings! Additionally My Time was invloved in a national campaign for publicity with Kari Gaffney (Kari-On Productions) and garnered top notch reviews. Dave has a new recording Spiral, featuring internationally known personnel, Phil Markowitz on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, and Adam Nussbaum on Drums, just released this June on nationally known Summit Records and already garnering national airplay and rave reviews. The momentum is growing daily, as reviewers and listeners experience the Dave Wilson vibe!

Wilson's experience also includes being a long standing member (retired to focus on his own endeavors) of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra and Dave Stahl Big Band, (Dave Stahl is one of the leading Jazz trumpet artists in the nation. The DSSO released 2CDs out on their own, both of which he performed on. With the big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lew Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey), John Riley, among others. Dave has studied with the great saxophonists Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Glenn Guidone, Tom Stroman, as well as the afore mentioned Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. Wilson is a striking saxophonist with chops and maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his vocabulary in jazz.

Rooted strongly in a music background since the fourth grade, Wilson continues to forge his name in jazz as a lasting influence. Wilson has been residing in the Lancaster, PA area since 1983.

Instrument(s): Tenor and Soprano Saxophone

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