Quentin E. Baxter Presents Dan Wilson Quartet
Sunday, February 11, 2024
4:00 PM | The Seabrook Island Club
Ticket Release: 11/15 via baxtermusic.org
The second concert of the "Quentin E. Baxter Presents" series will feature Benedetto Guitarist Dan Wilson. Accompanying Wilson for the concert will be pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Brandon Rose, and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, guitarist/composer Dan Wilson spent the majority of his youth within the church community, where his musical path began. Traces of his major guitar influences – including Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, and George Benson to name a few – can be discerned through his playing, but his musical identity has been shaped by everything from gospel and blues to traditional Jazz, hip-hop and horn players like Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson.
After graduation from Hiram College, Wilson made his recording debut with pianist Joe McBride and performed to worldwide acclaim with Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride’s Tip City, eventually recording his debut as a leader To Whom It May Concern. Wilson has had the honor of sharing the stage with Jazz greats including Eric Marienthal, Russell Malone, Les McCann, René Marie, Jeff Hamilton, David Sanborn, and Dave Stryker. He also teaches Jazz guitar and music theory through private lessons. Wilson’s career took him on an exploratory journey into foundations laid down by the guitar/organ tradition, eventually leading to an invitation to perform with Jazz great Joey DeFrancesco, with which Wilson went on to earn a GRAMMY® Award nomination for DeFrancesco’s Project Freedom album (Mack Avenue Records, 2017). Wilson had been playing with DeFrancesco for a few years when he met bassist, composer, and arranger, Christian McBride. From there, Wilson went on to tour with McBride’s trio Tip City, eventually leading McBride to serve as producer on Vessels of Wood and Earth and release the album on his newly formed imprint Brother Mister Productions through Mack Avenue Music Group.
In celebrating his fourth album as leader, Things Eternal [Mack Avenue, Brother Mister Productions], Wilson takes stock of the lessons learned from each of those rich sources, ensuring that their legacy lives on through him even as some of them pass on. His wide-ranging tastes are reflected in the artfully curated repertoire for Things Eternal, which includes songs by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Sting alongside Jazz classics by the likes of McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Michael Brecker, and Herbie Hancock, as well as a song by hometown favorite Phillip K. Jones II.