Through the Time
Dave Wilson was born 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 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; The Scranton Jazz Festival (2011); York JazzFest (headlining in 2009 with Jim Ridl, Tony Marino, and Adam Nussbaum; in 2010 with Phil Markowitz, Tony Marino, and Butch Reed); regular appearances at Chris' Jazz Cafe (one of the leading jazz venues in Philadelphia, appearances at the Something Jazz Club in New York City; Philadelphia area "Spiral" CD release 12/3/2010), In PA, The Berk's Jazz Fest, Harrisburg's Jazz and Multicultural Festival, Bethlehem Muskiest, Lancaster Jazz Festival, 2012 Lebanon Jazz Festival (With Tony Marino, Marko Marcinko, Kirk Reese) . With the Canal Street Hot 6 (Dixieland), the Hot Steam Jazz Festival (Connecticut), The Suncoast Jazz Society (Clearwater, Fla.), Baltimore's Camden Yards. With Ben Mauger's Vintage Jazz Orchestra, Washington Nationals Park and Philadelphia's Independence Hall. On these and other engagements Wilson has worked with the likes of pianists Jim Rid (Pat Martino), Phil Markowitz (Dave Lineman); bassists Tony Marino (Dave Lineman), Steve Varner (Pat Martino); drummers Adam Nussbaum (Micahel Brecker, James Moody), Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods), Marko Marcinko (Dave Liebman); as well as Steve Rudolph (legendary PA based pianist); Saxophonist Tim Warfield; and the legendary Philadelphia Guitarist and Jazz Guru Steve Giordano, among others. *Check out the Dave Wilson Quartet (with Jim Ridl, Tony Marino, and Adam Nussbaum) on You Tube, as they headline the 2009 Yorkfest; and (just added) 2010 Yorkfest with Phil Markowitz on piano, Tony on bass, and Philly's own Butch Reed on drums. 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 garnered favorable reviews nationwide, including such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, All About Jazz, as well as the March, 2007 issue of Jazz Times. It was in radio promotion in late 2006-early 2007 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. Dave's next recording "Spiral", featuring internationally known personnel, Phil Markowitz on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, and Adam Nussbaum on Drums, was released in June of 2010 on nationally known Summit Records and garnered national airplay ("Chartbound" status on Jazz Weekly for 7 weeks, peaking at #51 in the nation!) and rave reviews (See the "Spiral" lead sheet; Reviewed in both Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines!). The momentum is growing daily, as reviewers and listeners experience the Dave Wilson vibe! Wilson was also co-leader for many years, with the great trumpet stylist, Ben Mauger, of the well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble, the Canal Street Hot 6, (CD; "Back In the Day). The Canal Street Hot 6 made numerous festival appearance for traditional jazz audiences including the Hot Steam Jazz Festival in Essex, Conn, the Suncoast Jazz Society in Clearwater, Fla., as well as for the Tri-State and Pennsylvania Jazz Societies. He now heads up an all-star Trad Jazz outfit called the Rampart Street Ramblers. Wilson's experience also includes being a long standing member (retired to focus on his own endeavors, but still subbing with) 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 2 CD'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, Tim Price, Glenn Guidone, Tom Stroman, as well as well as guitarist and jazz educator guru Philly's own Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. 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 an active business buying and selling woodwind and brass instruments, both student and professional, and welcomes all inquiries about this. If you are thinking about buying or selling a saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, trumpet, trombone, or some miscellaneous woodwind or brass musical instrument don't hesitate to get in touch with Dave at Dave Wilson's Musical instruments in Lancaster, Pa. He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Lisa, and their four cats. For all information, including booking and CD purchase information, Dave Wilson can be contacted via email at email@example.com. Also go to the web site at Davewilsonmusic.org, featuring all information on Dave Wilson's musical performance activity as well as Dave Wilson's Musical Instruments buying and selling business. Follow us on facebook at The Dave Wilson Quartet and Dave Wilson's Musical Instruments. Hope to hear from you soon! Dave Wilson Dave Wilson Music 717-581-0153 (H) 717-475-7168 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org Davewilsonmusic.org REVIEWS 'Through The Time' released in 2003 on the Dreamscaperecords label: From the 'Jazz society of Oregon' March 2005 'Through The Time', By the Dave Wilson Quartet; Dave Wilson, tenor and soprano saxophones. 'Dave Wilson brings a sometimes Sonny Rollins-sometimes Warne Marsh sound to his tenor sax explorations. On soprano, he brings hope to a world assaulted and insulted by Kenny Somebody. Wilson wends his way through four originals of varying tempos plus sturdy takes on 'Blue In Green,' 'Dindi,' 'All The Things You Are' and 'Days Of Wine and Roses.' His rhythm section, featuring Kirk Reese, piano, is solidly in his corner all the way. For more information, see email@example.com. Dreamscape Records, 2002; Playing Time: 60:49, ***1/2' ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Through the Time Dave Wilson Quartet | Dreamscape Records By E.J. Iannelli Through the Time is multi-instrumentalist Dave Wilson's first full-length recording. Although the ensemble bears his name, this is very much a collaborative effort...quot;indeed, one reason why the songs all exceed eight minutes (the album itself is a hefty 72 minutes) is because each musician is given equal time and ample solo opportunities. Wilson makes no secret of his debt to Coltrane, particularly evident when he takes up soprano sax, but he stays well away from any of Trane's radical departures. The album's overall style falls into the realm of smooth contemporary with a traditional bent; patent enthusiasm notwithstanding (the quartet's shouts of encouragement to one another pepper the entire session), Through the Time is polite and well behaved. In this respect it suffers a bit from Wilson's own opening title track. The spicy Slide Hampton chart "Day in Vienna," which follows, might have been a more rousing choice. Steve Meashey's bass solo twists this tune's Latin flair into a funky rumble. The five standards are just that...quot;standard. While Wilson and his bandmates offer intelligent and certainly heartfelt renditions of Miles Davis' ballad "Blue in Green" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's longing "Dindi," the straightforward treatment doesn't inject anything especially new or interpretational into the compositions. The liner notes mention the ominous coda to "Blue in Green" as an "ode to the new age" but it might have been more interesting to hear how the song developed using the same coda as the starting point. Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses," what Wilson describes as a "running ballad," in fact runs (or saunters) slightly too long. "Untitled Modal Tune" is Wilson's strongest original chart: a swift, bop-like, swinging number with a simple but effective solo by drummer Jeff Stabley. Wilson's "Bluesio" begins and progresses briskly enough, but the wind-down ending seems awkward and flaccid. For that reason it also doesn't work in the larger sense as the album closer. There is no faulting the performances, as they're capable and assured throughout. The quartet is tightly integrated, with "Untitled Modal Tune" providing some of the clearest examples of how well Meashey is able to follow and anticipate Reese and Wilson no matter where they happen to go. Agreeable, if not a bit too prettified at times, there is unfortunately very little to distinguish Through the Time from many other jazz discs in the same genre. That caveat aside, it's supremely heartening to know that, in these dark days of the major label cartel, an independent gigging musician like Wilson can find the necessary support to head into the studio accompanied by friends and likeminded musicians and cut a record to such a respectable standard.