Dave Wilson was born (Aug. 22, 1955) and raised in Bronxville, NY. rooted strongly in a music background since the fourth grade, Wilson continues to forge his name in jazz as a lasting influence. Wilson has been residing in the Lancaster, PA area since 1983.
As the leader of his own jazz groups, the Dave Wilson Quartet/Crazeology, Wilson and his band mates are known for their groundbreaking improvisations along with creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson also co-leads the well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble, the Canal Street Hot 6, (CD; “Back In the Day) with the great trumpet stylist, Ben Mauger. Wilson continues to stretch his boundaries freelancing with both big bands and small ensembles in the area. From concerts to festivals to club dates and private engagements, Wilson averages over 150 gigs per year and has held that number steady since 1990!
Some of the highlights include appearances at the Media, Pa “Jazz by Night” festival (Oct. 2007), Chris' Jazz Cafe (one of the leading jazz venues in Philadelphia), The Hot Steam Jazz festival in Connecticut, Suncoast Jazz Society (Clearwater, Fl.), Harrisburg, PA’s American Music Festival, Bethlehem, PA Muskiest, and Baltimore’s Camden Yards, as well as the Lancaster Jazz Festival and First Night Lancaster. On these engagements Wilson has worked with the likes of Jim Ridl (Pat Martino); Tony Marino (Dave Liebman); Steve Varner (Pat Martino); and the legendary Philadelphia Jazz Guitarist Steve Giordano, among others.
A highlight of Wilson’s career was in the fall of 2002, when he released the first CD under his own name, titled Through the Time, featuring himself on tenor and soprano saxophones; Kirk Reese on piano; Steve Meashey on bass; and Jeff Stabley on drums. The release was picked up by Dreamscape Records and received significant airplay on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, and enjoyed additional airplay on over 30 jazz stations nationwide! Through the Time found itself on a few individual stations top 5 stats. A second CD by the Dave Wilson Quartet titled “My Time” was released in late 2005 on Dreambox Media, a leading Independent record company out of Philadelphia. It was in radio promotion in early 2006 with Mike Carlson and again became a favorite at WRTI as well as some 35-40 jazz stations nationwide achieving “Chartbound Status” and peaking at # 55 on the Jazz Week album chart rankings! Additionally My Time was invloved in a national campaign for publicity with Kari Gaffney (Kari-On Productions) and garnered top notch reviews. The momentum is growing daily, as reviewers and listeners experience the Dave Wilson vibe.
Wilson’s experience also includes being a long standing member (retired to focus on his own endeavors) of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra and Dave Stahl Big Band, (Dave Stahl is one of the leading Jazz trumpet artists in the nation. The DSSO released 2CD’s out on their own, both of which he performed on. With the big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lou Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey), John Riley, among others. Dave has studied with the great saxophonists Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Tom Stroman, as well as Steve Giordano. Wilson is a striking saxophonist with chops and maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his vocabulary in jazz. .
Dave’s educational background includes a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a BS in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. He has been teaching privately on woodwinds on a full time basis since 1991, and has and is associated with some of the leading studios in the area. He also has a business buying and selling used musical instruments (information on which can be found on this web site.) He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Lisa, and their four cats.