Legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder makes his Village Vanguard debut, January 31 through February 5, 2006. Wilder will be accompanied by Michael Weiss - piano, John Webber - bass, and Lewis Nash - drums.
Born February 22, 1922, Wilder began his career in the trumpet sections of Les Hite, Lionel Hampton band and, before the 40s were over, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmie Lunceford and Lucky Millinder. In the 50s he mostly worked in theatre bands but spent several months with Count Basie, and by the end of the decade had embarked upon a long stint as a staff musician in US radio and television studios. Later in the 70s and throughout the 80s he continued to play in studio orchestras, making occasional recordings, including a fine set with Benny Carter. In the 90s he returned as a leader and recorded two albums for Evening Star.
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