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Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Wilbur Wilde makes a rare appearance at this year’s jazz festival leading his own quartet playing swinging jazz standards and beautiful ballads.

With a warm rich Dexter Gordon like sound and masterful execution of his instrument, Wilbur is also a joy to be around and is as entertaining as he is beautiful to hear play. Wilbur is perhaps one of the most under-rated figures from the 1980s jazz scene when he leads a dynamic and exciting ensemble of leading soloists (including musicians such as Paul Grabowsky and Steve Housden) at key venues in Melbourne and interstate and helping to broaden the jazz audience. He has reformed the classic line-up, with Scott Tinkler (trumpet), Sam Keevers (piano), Craig Newman (electric bass) and David Hicks (drums) complimenting his own ‘tough tenor’ sound, and mainly performing the wonderful repertoire of Texan tenor saxophonist/composer Billy Harper (who toured here in 1992 and 1998).

James Sherlock - guitar

Josh Kyle - vocals

Ben Hanlon - bass

Danny Fischer - drums

Rating

E

Duration

65

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