Somers' Style Influenced by the Jazz Piano Greats
The jazz piano artistry of Wilson Somers flowered during his tenure (1986-1999) as house pianist and band leader for the former Rodney Square Club of Wilmington, Delaware. It was during that time that he developed his elegant style of jazz.
Somers' jazz style influences include jazz piano greats Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Nat Cole and Oscar Peterson.
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Somers' Work Includes Documentary and Motion Picture Sound Tracks
In 1999, Somers was approached by Delaware film producer Sharon Kelly Baker of Teleduction to record piano scores for documentaries on Delaware visual artists.
Of the four films produced by Teleduction, the work about Edward L. Loper earned Somers an Emmy Award for his original jazz compositions and performance.
A new documentary film by Teleduction & Serviam, With All Deliberate Speed, includes original works by Wilson Somers as well as Somers' piano interpretations of classic Spirituals. Sharon Baker again serves as Senior Producer.
With All Deliberate Speed was first broadcast on PBS in Philadelphia on May 17, 2004 (marking the 50th anniversary of the
Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate U.S. Public Schools) and was re-aired that evening at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Somers' Sound track Work Leads to Debut CD