Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Harrisburg

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: October 1, 2019

Born: August 22, 1955

Dave Wilson is a leading jazz saxophonist, recording artist, band leader, composer, and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area, with a very active venue and festival schedule as both a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. Born and raised in Bronxville, N.Y., Dave Wilson began his music studies in the fourth grade. Wilson has evolved into a striking saxophonist with chops and maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his vocabulary in jazz. He has studied with saxophonists Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Tim Price, Glenn Guidone, Tom Strohman, as well as with guitarist Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. His main area of focus with the saxophone are the Tenor and Soprano, but also focuses on the Alto, and is adept at both Clarinet (his first instrument back in grade school) and Flute and Piccolo.

As the leader of his own contemporary jazz group, the Dave Wilson Quartet, Wilson and his band mates are known for their exciting improvisations, creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson also led the Canal Street Hot 6, a well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble for many years, with the trumpet Ben Mauger, one of the top purveyors of this genre on the East Coast. They released the CD, “Back In the Day”. The Canal Street Hot 6 made numerous appearances on the East coast including at the Hot Steam Jazz Festival in Essex, CT, the Suncoast Jazz Society in Clearwater, Fla, The Tri-State Jazz Society (Philadelphia/New Jersey/Delaware), Pennsylvania Jazz Society, and at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Dave remains very active with this genre, and his current Traditional Jazz Group, the Rampart Street Ramblers, often features an all-star lineup including some of the top names in Mid Atlantic Traditional Jazz circles.

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Here are what some of the critics said about “There Was Never” (Released in 2016, ZOHO Music)

From Downbeat Magazine, February 2016, Josef Woodard Dave Wilson Quartet, There Was Never (Zoho 201512; 65:34 +++) With his fourth album, Dave Wilson, on tenor and soprano saxophones, puts a strong foot forward, backed by a tight and raring-to-go rhythm section of young pianist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz. From the tricky, pulsing energy of the opening “The Time Has Come,” on which the saxophonist brandishes his big tone and easily tumbling facility, to the simple folk theme of “On The Prairie,” There Was Never makes a varied and mostly powerful impact. ——————————————————————- Dave Wilson: There Was Never (2015) By DAN BILAWSKY, for All About Jazz Published: December 25, 2015

Saxophonist Dave Wilson cuts an imposing figure on the cover of There Was Never, his fourth album in total and his first on the Zoho Music imprint

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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: djazwilson@aol.com, 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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Dave Wilson Quartet Cd Release ~ One...
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA