Performance Times

Venue Day Start
Front Porch Stage @ Freedom Hall Art Expo Sat 2:30 PM
Trust Performing Arts Center Sat 7:00 PM

Dave Wilson Group Biography

Dave Wilson is a jazz saxophonist, recording artist, band leader, composer, and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area. Dave is active as both a leader of his own jazz groups and as a sideman. The Dave Wilson Group includes Frank Russo-drums, Kirk Reese- keys and Tony Marino-bass.

Defying categorization, The Dave Wilson Group plays “what sounds good, is what is true to ourselves, and can communicate with the audience on a deep level…it’s jazz”.  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 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’s fourth release There Was Never (ZOHO), featured 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, received 3 stars in the February 2016 issue of Downbeat Magazine, and placed in nomination for a Grammy.  One Night at Chris’ (Dave Wilson Music) is the fifth release of The Dave Wilson Quartet, recorded live at the famous Chris’ Jazz Cafe ‘in Philadelphia and released in the summer of 2019.  Featuring Dave on Tenor and Soprano Saxophones and his working band of Kirk Reese – Piano (East Coast Legend); Tony Marino – Acoustic Bass (world renowned and charter member of the Dave Liebman Group); Dan Monaghan – Drums (Legendary Philadelphia drummer).

From writer Bill Milkowski. “The crackling intensity of One Night at Chris’ is a testament to what can happen on the bandstand on any given night. And this was a particularly good night indeed.”  Achieving “Chartbound” status (top 50 nationwide), on jazz radio, and garnering positive reviews, One Night at Chris is perhaps Dave’s greatest work, yet! The album made the WRTI-FM, Philadelphia Jazz Radio Station “Jazz Album of the Week”, the week of August 26th, 2019. Wilson has a new live recording coming out this spring, featuring, among other selections, several contemporary renditions of John Coltrane recordings, titled Stretching Supreme.