Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson will headline a week at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York City, December 4th through 9th, 2012. Wilson will be joined by pianist Renee Rosnes and by bassist Peter Washington. The collaborative, co-led trio first performed together at Kitano in NYC, a two-night sold-out visit which Wilson fondly recalls as “one of the best musical experiences I've ever had."
This collaborative trio, which first played at Kitano in NYC, is looking forward to playing together again, this time at the storied Village Vanguard. Their inaugural engagement was a musical banquet of riches for each member of the band. Wilson says, “We had no rehearsal for the Kitano gig. With the natural chemistry between us it was a profound musical experience that surpassed our expectations. Our repertoire is comprised of evergreens from the Great American Songbook, well-known and rarely played jazz standards, and a few originals from Renee and me. The three of us have played together for many years in various settings, but this was the first time as a trio. In this not-so- common drummerless format we’re able to appreciate each others’ voices even more. Renee's elegant touch and lyricism on the piano is really exquisite, and Peter's warm sound, deep steady groove, and melodic lines have made him one of the most recorded bassists in the last 25 years. We play for the pure joy of making music together without any agendas. The Kitano audience really connected with that and their enthusiastic response took the music to even a higher level. Peter and Renee are the best in the business and I'm very excited that we're having this engagement at one of our New York musical homes, the Vanguard."
As 2012 winds up, Steve Wilson celebrates a series of highlights from the past year, including presentations of his ‘strings project’ at two major U.S. Jazz Festivals: The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, DE, where he performed Bird With Strings," with a jazz ensemble consisting of Helen Sung, Michael Bowie and Ulysses Owens, Jr. (his frequent collaborator with Christian McBride,) supported by a five-piece string section. Over Labor Day weekend, Wilson premiered a three-movement work written by David O'Rourke, ‘Journey To Wilsonia,’ at the The Detroit Jazz Festival. For this event, Wilson was joined by an 18-piece chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from the Detroit Symphony and Opera, along with lead violinist Diane Monroe, Renee Rosnes, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash and Music Director David O'Rourke.
Also, coming Up in December, 2012 and during 2013:
Dec 13-15 - Wilson is special guest with The John Toomey Trio at Havanna Nights in Virginia Beach, VA.
Jan 5, 2013 - Steve Wilson will perform as a guest soloist with the Navy Commodores. They will be performing some of the charts that have been written for Steve, and will also perform their own arrangements of several of Steve's own tunes.
Jan 25, 2013 University of FL, Gainesville, FL at University Auditorium -Steve brings his band Wilsonian's Grain, featuring Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart.
Jan 27-Feb 3 - Wilson will be on The Jazz Cruise where he will be playing with the John Fedchock Big Band, as well in smaller ensembles with a host of great players. http://www.thejazzcruise.com/2013/Home
March 16 - The Lewis Nash/Steve Wilson Duo will be recording live at the Manchester Craftman's Guild in Pittsburgh, PA. This has been a long time the works, and both Steve and Lewis are looking forward to finally documenting this duo. More news later on the release of this project.