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Anthony Wilson

Being the son of a world-renowned composer-orchestrator has its advantages and disadvantages. On the downside, there’s the intimidation factor of following in your father’s footsteps. On the upside, you’ve got someone close to home to help you with problems that might crop up with your own charts. For guitarist-composer-arranger and bandleader Anthony Wilson, being the son of Gerald Wilson has been more of the latter; like having Stephen Hawking around to help you with your physics homework.

“Even though I have many other influences and people who I’ve loved in the field of arranging and composing, he towers above them all,” says Wilson of his famous father. “So for me to start on this path, it can be a little bit daunting knowing what my dad did. But it’s what I’ve always wanted to do. And it’s reassuring to know that I can call on him if I’m having a problem with the writing.”

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