Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jazz Guitarist Dan Wilson: Jan 25th at the Akron Civic Theatre

Akron Empire would like to welcome guest blogger Dina from Dina's Days to share an exciting event.  Dina blogged for us before about her favorite thrift store in the Akron area--click HERE to see that post again.  Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out this local musician.

Jazz Guitarist, Dan Wilson at the Akron Civic Theatre on Jan. 25th
by Dina

Music has been an integral part of Akron native and  jazz guitarist Dan Wilson's life since his beginnings in gospel music. Upon hearing a Wes Montgomery record in a relative's basement, Dan decided to pursue a a career as a musician. Since then, he has spent more than a decade honing his craft. 
Starting off with the drums at age 11, Dan learned the bass shortly thereafter. By 13, he taught himself how to play the guitar by picking it up by ear and learning from his favorite musical influences and mentors from church. 
Dan received his Bachelor's Degree in Music & Liberal Studies from Hiram College in 2006. His passion for Brazilian music led him to the city of Rio De Janeiro in 2007 to conduct research for his Masters Thesis which he defended successfully at Youngstown State University in 2009.

His debut album released in 2012, To Whom It May Concern contains both original work by Dan and two covers, including a brilliant remake of the State Fair musical,  It Might as Well Be Spring. The contemporary, electric-jazz album also features a group of talented musicians from the Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh areas.

Dan has toured Russia with Eric Marienthal and Germany with the Golden Gospel Singers in the winter of 2011. He currently teaches  jazz guitar and improvisation at Cuyahoga Community College and leads a group of local musicians.

You can hear Dan and his group back at the Akron Civic Theater on Friday, January 25, 2012. This cabaret style concert will also feature Bryan Connell on sax, Kip Reed on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums, Theron Brown on piano, and Stephen Fowler on vocals. 
To preview tracks from his album, watch videos, and to view a list of local performances, visit his website at  

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