Steve Wilson “Opportunity Knocking” CD Release Concert – Thursday, October 24, 2013

(Santa Cruz, CA: October 3, 2013)

2013 Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Award for Best Local Musician

A trombonist, vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator, Steve Wilson covers all the bases as he cooks up a tasty musical smorgasbord of straight-ahead jazz, funk, Latin-jazz, and Brazilian grooves. His brilliant trombone playing and vocals are ably supported by an ace rhythm of Marshall Otwell, on piano; Dan Robbins, on bass; and Olaf Schiappicasse, on drums. The trio is also featured with Steve on his new CD release, Opportunity Knocking, along with two special guest artists, guitar legend Mundell Lowe and acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin.

Steve Wilson has performed at many venues and festivals around the Bay Area, including several performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival with different ensembles.  Influenced by trombone greats Wayne Henderson, Bill Watrous, and J.J. Johnson (for whom he opened at the Monterey Jazz Festival some years back), Wilson’s involvement in the Santa Cruz music scene stretches back over four decades. Amid his busy gig schedule in the ’70s and ’80s, you might find him playing at the old Cooper House sidewalk cafe, where local jazz musicians were regularly showcased, or performing at the old Bayview Hotel, with Frank Leal. Over the years, Wilson has participated in dozens of groups, including the Union Dues Big Band, Havana Jazz, and Midnight Mambo. On the popular music side of things, he has recorded or performed with James Durbin, Harper’s Bizarre, and The Flying Karamotzov Brothers. In the classical realm, he has been a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra, and the Reed Street Brass Quintet. More recently, Steve has been performing with the popular White Album Ensemble and for Cabrillo Stage.

Wilson received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in education from UCSC, and began teaching music theory, songwriting, and voice, at Cabrillo College in the late ’70s. In addition, he has also taught Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Choir. In the Santa Cruz City Schools, where he has taught for almost two decades, Steve’s jazz ensembles and jazz choirs have received high honors in music competitions. He is co-director for the Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp program, and former director of the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band – the crème of the crop of the counties high school musicians.

CALENDAR INFO:
Steve Wilson “Opportunity Knocking” CD Release Concert

DATE:  Thursday, October 24, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $15/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
sandy@kuumbwajazz.org
831-427-2227

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