Dave Wilson is a leading jazz saxophonist, recording artist, band leader, composer, and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area, with a very active venue and festival schedule as both a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. He is very active playing at restaurants and establishments in South Central Pennsylvania, and play or have played in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. The Dave Wilson Trio or Quartet offers high caliber, compelling, contemporary Jazz music with top notch, nationally and internationally known personnel known for their exciting improvisations, creative individualistic compositions, and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson has worked with the likes of pianists Mark Soskin, Jim Ridl, Phil Markowitz, Bobby Avey, Kirk Reese, bassists Tony Marino, Steve Varner, drummers Adam Nussbaum, Bill Goodwin, Dan Monaghan, and Marko Marcinko,. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Tim Warfield, Steve Giordano, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lou Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey), among others The Dave Wilson Quartet has four great CDs out under their own name. The latest, “There Was Never” (ZOHO), featuring an all-star lineup of Bobby Avey-Piano, Tony Marino-Bass, Alex Ritz-Drums (members of the Dave Liebman Group), for 6 weeks in 2016 was in the top 50 of the nation-wide Jazz Weekly Jazz Radio Countdown, reaching a high of #18 in the nation! It was in the Top 11 in Philadelphia's WRTI New Releases, for several weeks, reaching a high of number 5. The track "Cassidy" was #13 in WRTI'S countdown for the top 100 in 2016. There was also a great review in the February issue of famed Downbeat Magazine.
Kirk Reese (Piano) has been an active part of the jazz scene in Pennsylvania for thirty years. He has performed with numerous notable jazz artists including alto saxophonist Phil Woods, Lou Marini, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, Tim Warfield Jr, Ralph Moore, Billy Higgins, “Blue Lou” Marini and jazz violinist John Blake.
Reese has been on the music faculty at Messiah College since 1993, teaching jazz improvisation & piano. In that time has established a culture of small-group jazz that has enhanced the department, reinforced the big bands, and has been the catalyst for many students developing a life-long appreciation for the art form. He is a clinician for many venues, including improvisation workshops throughout the region. He also serves as an artist/faculty member for the Central PA Friends of Jazz Camp at Messiah College.
His bands have opened for Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, BB King, Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), Bob Mintzer (Yellow Jackets), and others. He attended Elizabethtown College and studied piano, music theory and composition privately with Ron Thomas in Philadelphia and jazz theory with Steve Giordano and Cedar Walton. He also maintains a private teaching schedule in Elizabethtown & York, PA.
He is active in the recording studio, playing on & writing for TRP (The Reese Project)’s 10 recordings as well as many others, including his own critically acclaimed efforts. These records can be previewed & purchased through our store.
Rob Swanson (Bass): BORN: 1967 in Wilmington, DE Playing Bass for over 35 years, Rob has made a name for himself as one of the most versatile working bassists in the Philly metro area. Tripling on Electric, Upright, and Vocals, Rob finds himself in up to 20 different musical configurations on any given month, ranging from straight ahead bebop, groove, world, and straight funk and rock. A graduate of the prestigious West Chester School of Music, Rob balances gigging with a bit of teaching to forward the muse that was passed onto him at an early age. A Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award Recipient, Rob plays regularly in the Mid-Atlantic region and can be seen in his supporting role with many of the area's top jazz musicians. Rob has shared the stage with The Wailers, Third World, Black Uhuru, Judy Mowat, Dennis Fortune, Rosella Clemmons-Washington, Siora, Lucky Thompson, Kelly Meashey, Marc Adler's Flute Choir, Vanesia, John Coley and To The Max, The Don Eaton Band, Dave Wilson, Klingon Klezmer featuring Hassan Jack Kessler, Tony Smith, Ron Thomas, Tom Palmer, Ellen Leibowitz, Matt Niess and the Capitol Bones, Shawn Qaissaunee, The Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, The Duke Ellington Sacred Jazz Band, Tom Pontz, Kenny Gizmo Rogers, The Barbone Street Jazz Band, Barbara Montgomery, Connie Ranis, Cartoon Christmas Trio, Phyllis Chapell, Hoots and Hellmouth and an ever growing clientele.