Dave Wilson is a leading jazz saxophonist, recording artist, band leader, composer and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area. He has a very active performance schedule as both a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. Born and raised in Bronxville, N.Y. Dave Wilson began his music studies in the fourth grade. He evolved into a striking saxophonist with a distinctive vocabulary and chops and a maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his music. He has studied with saxophonists Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Tim Price, Glenn Guidone, Tom Strohman as well as with guitarist Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. His primary focus is on with the saxophone are the tenor and soprano as well as on the alto, and is adept at both clarinet, flute and piccolo.
Wilson was a long standing member of the legendary trumpet master Dave Stahl’s Sacred Orchestra and Stahl’s Big Band. He appears on two DSSO CDs. With the big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, the late Lou Soloff (BS&T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey) and John Riley among others. Dave’s big band work continues throughout the year with regular performances in regional ensembles including the River City Big Band, King Street Big Band (KSSB), The Ben Mauger Vintage Jazz Band, and the Hershey PA Symphony Big Band, The "Kool Kats”.
Wilson resides with his wife Lisa in Lancaster, PA. where, when off stage, he teaches woodwinds and also owns and operates Dave Wilson Musical Instruments, a business focusing on the buying and selling of vintage, modern and student brass and woodwind Instruments. Dave is currently in post production working on a scheduled 2019 release of live recordings from performances at the Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia. PA.