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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: August 4, 1961

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 Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
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 Benny Green
Benny Green
Benny Green
b.1963
piano
, Craig Handy
Craig Handy
Craig Handy
b.1962
saxophone
and Steve Bernstein, 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 the Woody Herman Orchestra. When he was 17, Dan studied for a year with lazz legend ((Joe Henderson}}, and received a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music....
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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundI've been teaching saxophone and piano for 33 years. Many of my students, including Joshua Redman, Craig Handy, and Chris Byars, have gone on to true greatness. All ages and levels welcome; music therapy; flexible hours; same rates as 1977!

Clinic/Workshop InformationRiveting and fun as all hell!

Music

Featured recording “Back In The Mix”

Back In The Mix

Self Produced
2012
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    Group Therapy

    Self Produced
    2011
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    Back In The Mix

    Self Produced
    2011
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