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 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, Craig Handy 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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MADE IN PORTLAND:
Joyful … Soulful … Rollicking …. Memorable. Made In Portland draws upon Wilensky’s years of expertise, and features some of
Oregon’s top local musicians. One soon appreciates why Polyglot is the name of the record label. There is no shortage of
variety on this disc. Each of the 13 songs, including seven Wilensky originals and a free improvisation, has it’s own plot.
– Scott Yanow
4 Stars in Downbeat (November, 2015)
BACK IN THE MIX:
Four top jazz players and a great discovery.
— Jürg Sommer
Der Sonntag (February, 2012)
You might initially be drawn in for the compelling new arrangements of “Lament” by J.J
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