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Steve Wilson Debuts First-Ever Kickstarter Campaign in Support of Album Recorded at The Village Vanguard; Pledge Levels Include Opportunity for Private Lesson with the Renowned Saxophonist
(Published: September 22, 2014)

                                                                             
September 22, 2014


Steve Wilson Debuts First-Ever Kickstarter Campaign in Support of Album Recorded at The Village Vanguard; Pledge Levels Include Opportunity for Private Lesson with the Renowned Saxophonist

Wilson Confirms Jazz Standard Concerts for October 9th-12th


Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Steve Wilson has debuted his first-ever Kickstarter Campaign:

https://www.kickstarter.c...

The fan-sourcing effort seeks to fund the release of Wilson's riveting recording from the Village Vanguard in NYC. ‘Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain' performed for six nights at the famed venue this past May, and recorded the final two nights of the run. The Kickstarter funds will help to pay for the production costs, recording and mixing fees, musicians, and more. All Pledge Level details follow, below - including the opportunity for a limited number of fans to receive a private lesson from the renowned saxophonist.  





In addition to seeking necessary financial assistance, Wilson is hoping to connect more with his loyal fans via Kickstarter. This will be Wilson's first quartet release since 2003 and he looks forward to including his supporters on his new musical adventure. Here is a breakdown of Pledge Levels:


Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain
Kickstarter Campaign Pledge Levels

A physical copy of the CD, mailed to you 2 weeks prior to
the release date, plus digital download of the CD                           $25.00

A physical copy of the CD, signed by Steve, personalized
and mailed to you two (2) weeks prior to the release date,
plus digital download of the CD, plus a personalized thank
you note from Steve.                                                               $100.00

A CD signed by Steve Wilson, personalized and mailed
to you, plus digital download of the CD, plus a copy of Steve's
Guide to Musicianship (for Any Music Lover), plus a lead
sheet to one tune signed by Steve, plus a personalized thank you note from Steve. $200

A CD signed by Steve Wilson, personalized and mailed
to you two weeks prior to the release, plus digital download of
the CD,   two (2) tickets to one concert (or set) during the Steve
Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain tour March 19 - May 30, 2015, artist
meet & greet, and a personal thank you note from Steve.                 $300.00

A CD signed by Steve Wilson, personalized and mailed
to you two weeks prior to the release, two (2) tickets to one (1)
night concert (set) during the Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain
tour March 19 - May 30, 2015, artist meet & greet, one (1) private
45 minute lesson (saxophone or anything musical) with Steve in NYC
or via Skype, and a thank you in the CD packaging.           LIMIT:  8            $500.00

A CD signed by Steve Wilson, personalized and mailed
to you two weeks prior to the release, two (2) tickets to one (1)
night concert (set) during the Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain
tour March 19 - May 30, 2015, artist meet & greet, One (1) private
45 minute lesson saxophone or anything musical) with Steve in NYC
or via Skype, an autographed lead sheet from a tune on the CD,
and a thank you in the CD packaging.                 LIMIT:  5                        $1000.00

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PLEDGE:  A CD signed by Steve
Wilson, personalized and mailed to you, two (2) tickets to one (1)
concert (set) during the Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain tour
March 19 - May 30, 2015, dinner for two (2) with Steve, as his guest,
an autographed lead sheet from a tune on the CD, thank you in the CD
packaging, a personal thank you note from Steve,  and a credit as
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the CD packaging.                                $2500.00

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PLEDGE:  A CD signed by
Steve Wilson, personalized and mailed to you, two (2) tickets
to one (1) concert (set) during the Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's
Grain tour March 19 - May 30, 2015, dinner for two (2) with Steve,
as his guest, a signed copy of a lead sheet of one of Steve's tunes
from the recording, a thank you in the CD packaging, a personal
thank you note from Steve and credit as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
of the CD.                                                                            $5000.00

*** The end date of the Kickstarter campaign will be October 20, 2014 at 11:59pm.


The upcoming live album, likely to emerge as a career-defining classic, represents a number of "firsts" for Wilson: First time doing a live recording as a leader, first time recording at the historic Village Vanguard, and first time recording with his ‘go-to-band', Wilsonian's Grain. The band includes the great talents of Orrin Evans on piano, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart on drums.


In the mean time, Wilson looks forward to a series of concerts at Jazz Standard in NYC. The October 9th-12th performances will feature his ‘Special Edition II' band, featuring pianist George Cables, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Larry Grenadier on bass and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. Wilson also has a few dates with his duo partner, drummer Lewis Nash (see list below) as the reviews come in for ‘Duologue', their debut recording. Here is a sampling:

All About Jazz: "With Duologue, Wilson and Nash make the combination of saxophone and drums seem as logical and complementary as anything. It's a treat to hear them work their magic."
http://www.allaboutjazz.c...

WBGO: "Duologue" shows just how musical it can be when one looks to the other and nods, "just you, just me." http://www.wbgo.org/radar...

Midwest Record: "It might be a sitting down jazz date throughout but you don't have to be a Sunday afternoon egghead to dig it. Hell, it'll even get said eggheads swinging to it. Well done." http://midwestrecord.com/...

Upcoming Concerts include:
Oct 9-12 Jazz Standard NY, NY
www.jazzstandard.com
Steve Wilson: Special Edition II with George Cables, Alex Sipiagin, Larry Grenadier and Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Oct 17 Side Door Jazz Old Lyme, CT
www.thesidedoorjazz.com
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo

Nov 3-6 University of Dayton Residency & Concert Dayton, OH
http://www.udayton.edu/ar...
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo

Nov 22 Jazz Gallery NY, NY
http://www.jazzgallery.or...
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash Duo

Wilson was interviewed on NY-1 TV News in conjunction with the abovementioned recording sessions at The Village Vanguard:
http://www.youtube.com/wa...


Time Out NY Color Photo Critic's Pick: "Whether he's the leader or a sideman in a given situation, seeing Steve Wilson's name on a jazz bill is as close to a guarantee of quality as you'll ever find. He's leading an especially badass band in his latest stint at the Vanguard, with Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart joining him on the stand."
http://www.timeout.com/ne...

Nate Chinen of The NY Times has noted, "The alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson combines economy and modernity in his playing, as a sideman or a leader."

JazzPolice preview article: http://www.jazzpolice.com...

In addition to the pending Village Vanguard live album, Wilson, known as an acclaimed bandleader, in-demand sideman, educator, jazz historian, critics' favorite and all-around good guy, celebrated the August 5th release of a new duo album with his long-time colleague, Lewis Nash. The duo album was recorded at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh - watch a video preview, here: http://youtu.be/atT_9tCzu...
 
Wilson and Nash have a long history of collaboration. Wilson comments: "From the first time I heard Lewis I wanted to play with him, which didn't happen until a few years after. We hear rhythm and melody much the same, so it's like two people playing with one brain. Our performances are like flying without a net and we constantly surprise even ourselves, but it's as natural as breathing. This duo is an entity, not a novelty or diversion, and those who have heard us really get that."

Nash adds: "I played in a saxophone and drums duo setting back in the late 70's and always wanted to revisit that context. I had not encountered the right "kindred musical soul" to do it with though, until I met Steve Wilson. We have very similar conceptions of rhythm, melody, phrasing, shape and dynamics. In fact, so many spontaneous and simultaneous musical moments happen when we play that I'm often laughing during our performances! It's always a joyful experience when we make music together."

"There are only a select few musicians that have the musicianship and historical context to sustain a full program with just sax and drums. Working with Lewis and Steve on this unique project fits perfectly with the mission of MCG Jazz to showcase and bring the finest Jazz Music to the public eye." Marty Ashby, VP & Executive Producer, MCG Jazz

A series of prestigious announcements followed Wilson in 2013:
Yamaha signed him to join their elite family of artists -- "Having Steve Wilson on our team is a dream come true for Yamaha. His artistic mastery as a performer and educator, are second to none. It is truly our honor to call Steve Wilson a Yamaha Performing Artist." - John Wittmann, Director, Artist Relations, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis. Japanese video link, here:
http://www.alsoj.net/sax/...

In addition, Wilson was proud to accept an Associate Professorship at The City College of New York (CCNY) in Harlem, NY. The position includes teaching ensembles, classes, and guiding the jazz department as they further develop the jazz curriculum. Wilson began the full-time, tenure-track position, in September 2013. He joins an illustrious faculty including Adam Cruz, Mike Holober, Scott Reeves and Ray Gallon.  Wilson spoke with ALL ABOUT JAZZ regarding what he perceives as a crisis in Music Education. Read the engaging article, here: http://www.allaboutjazz.c...

Here's a recent WBGO interview with Gary Walker:
http://www.wbgo.org/blog/...

NY DAILY NEWS FULL-PAGE INTERVIEW FEATURE by Greg Thomas, 12/3/12
http://www.nydailynews.co...
Steve Wilson is known as a super-professional sideman, but now he takes the lead at the Village   
     Vanguard
 
NPR MUSIC - Live Broadcast of Village Vanguard concert, 12/5/12 http://www.npr.org/event/...

Here's a story re Steve Wilson's 2013 performance in Gainesville.  GAINESVILLE SUN - Interview feature,
1/25/13, by Bill Dean
http://www.gainesville.co...



Wilson earned saturation media coverage for his 50th Birthday celebration at New York's Jazz Standard. He 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 describe as "one of the finest saxophonists in the business." Here is The Wall Street Journal's interview feature, ‘The Sideman Becomes the Star':
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
NY CULTURE - FEBRUARY 7, 2011 - By LARRY BLUMENFELD
http://online.wsj.com/art...




At http://www.stevewilsonmus..., visitors can get updates, sample new tunes and see performance footage. The site, part of the Jazz Corner family, also includes a streaming audio player, details of Wilson's numerous band configurations, and more.

More Information: http://https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919586412/steve-wilson-and-wilsonians-grain-live-in-new-york


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