Glenn Wilson Glenn Wilson

For over 30 years, Glenn Wilson has been at the forefront of the jazz baritone saxophone world. The All Music Guide recently described him as “an unsung hero in modern jazz”. His music has been described as ‘free-bop’, rooted in the bebop style with a looseness and spontaneity that always surprises, which makes him unique among purveyors of the big horn. Glenn Wilson has earned a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors in Music Education from Youngstown State University and is currently on the jazz faculty at the University of Illinois ��” Champaign/Urbana, where he teaches Jazz Pedagogy and Music Business, as well as saxophone studio and combos/ensembles. In his years in New York City (1977-1991), Glenn toured and recorded with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Machito, Tito Puente, The Bill Kirchner Nonet, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and The Bob Belden Ensemble. He has recorded 6 solo albums and has appeared on 21 others as a sideman. Glenn has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts and his CDs are featured in the Grammaphone Guide to Good Jazz and The Penguin Guide to Jazz. Glenn has also recorded and toured with rock pianist Bruce Hornsby. From 1991-2001, Glenn lived in Richmond, VA and is currently a resident of central Illinois. He continues to record for Sunnyside and tours and performs regularly with his groups, The Jazzmaniacs and TromBari, featuring trombonist Jim Pugh. He can be reached at

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Glenn Wilson-Baritone Sax, Steve Kessler-Piano, Jim Masters- Bass and Tony Martucci - Drums “This is a fine effort worthy of your attention and purchase, filled with variety, good feeling, excellent musicianship, ultimate teamwork, and the pungent, potent, poignant baritone sax of an unsung hero in modern jazz. Highly recommended.” Michael G. Nastos - All Music Guide

Bittersweet Glenn Wilson and Rory Stuart “Thoughtful playing .. impeccable taste ... a consistently enjoyable album” Grammophone Jazz Good CD Guide

“The only recording of baritone saxophone and guitar duets in the annals of jazz

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, baritone

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Teach at University of Illinois in Jazz Department. I teach Jazz Pedagogy and Music Business as well as direct combos, saxophone studio, improvisation, etc.

Clinic/Workshop Information

My clinics combine improvisation with music business and have a healthy dose of Jazz Pedagogy thrown in. Directors seem to enjoy my help and students especially like the business side of jazz being incorporated into learning the music.


Albums by Glenn Wilson

Album Timely by Glenn Wilson


Cadence Jazz Records



Glenn Wilson


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