WSJ Headline for Wilson's 50th Birthday Celebration: The Sideman Becomes the Star"
Fresh off major coverage for his 50th Birthday Celebration, including a significant WALL STREET JOURNAL feature and other key placements (see below,) acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson has returned to his role as a respected jazz educator, with a series of academic appearances in recent and upcoming weeks.
Wilson recently completed a February 1 & 2 residency at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and a March 2-4 Residency at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. This week, Wilson's educational efforts take him to the University of Delaware, in Wilmington. Upcoming academic appearances include April 8 at Lakewood Middle School in Lakewood, CO (with Lewis Nash,) and May 9-11, at University of Oregon in Eugene. With the exception of Eastman and Lakewood, CO, each visit includes Wilson appearing as guest soloist with the school jazz ensemble. Wilson also continues his regular teaching duties at Manhattan School of Music and at Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
On his April 8th visit to Lakewood, CO, Wilson will appear in performance with drummer Lewis Nash. 'Musical Dialogue with Lewis Nash' takes place at Lakewood Cultural Center: http://www.lakewood.org/comres/page.cfm?ID=46
On May 6 & 7, Wilson will be a guest performer at Jazz @ Lincoln Center's Allen Room celebration, Songs of the Jazz Age. Details here: There's a reason why the Roaring 1920s was also known as the jazz ageit was an era when the spirit of swing permeated every facet of American life, from dancing to drinking to politics, and American jazz conquered the world. As part of our salute to Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's newest documentary series, Prohibition," the ingenious Bill Charlap leads an all-star group including British jazz chanteuse Claire Martin in a demonstration of how and why the 20s roared in music and song.
Wilson's career recently shifted to the next level, as he celebrated his 50th Birthday at New York's Jazz Standard. Wilson featured six different bands over six nights, and each set during the birthday week saw lines out the door. The diverse shows each reflected a different stage of Wilson's evolution into what NPR describes as one of the finest saxophonists in the business."
Media coverage of the Birthday Celebration exceeded anything Wilson has experienced thus far in his careerin addition to The Wall Street Journal feature, below, Wilson was the sole Pop/Jazz event previewed in The New York Times' Arts and Leisure section's 'The Week Ahead' page; The New York Times also ran two Friday Weekend Arts preview columns; Wilson received a WNYC Radio 'Gig Alert'; Time Out NY gave his shows a 'Critic's Pick'; the Village Voice ran a 'Voice Choice' preview and photo; Jazziz Magazine ran a feature preview in their February Digital Edition; HotHouse Magazine ran a cover story interview; The New Yorker ran a 'Goings On About Town' preview, JazzPolice ran a preview, and more.