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Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson

The Basie Style

Clinic Synopsis:

Using a high school jazz big band, this clinic presentation will provide insight to the creation of the Count Basie Midwest Suite as well as provide a method of teaching a jazz ensemble to “lay-Back” in the Basie style. The presentation includes a preview of the next Count Basie Orchestra CD set for release in the spring of 2009. This CD contains the Count Basie Midwest Suite performed by the Count Basie Orchestra

Dennis Wilson - Biographical Information

Graduating from Berklee College of Music, Dennis Wilson’s professional career began with Lionel Hampton as trombonist, arranger, and musical director. He was a lead/solo trombonist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, "Count Basie and his Orchestra” and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Having performed on six Grammy winning albums with the Basie Orchestra he received a Grammy Award nomination for vocal arrangements for Manhattan Transfer. His experience includes work with Sarah Vaughn, Sinatra, Ella, Clark Terry. He is presently the Producer of Special Projects for the Basie Orchestra and is creating a CD saluting the legacy of NEA Jazz Masters. This project includes Frank Wes, Nnenna Freelon, Janis Siegel, Gerald Wilson, Jamie Cullum, Hank Jones and Jimmy Heath. After six years at K-State in 2000 Dr. Wilson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan.