On June 23, 2017, Dan recorded his second album, “Balancing Act,” Live at BLU Jazz+ featuring some of the most talented, world-class musicians on the scene including Sullivan Fortner on piano, Ivan Taylor on bass, Xavier Breaker on drums, and Akron’s own, Sam Blakeslee on trombone.
Get your tickets NOW as we celebrate the release of this all-new album with a very special live concert right here at Dan’s favorite jazz club in his beloved hometown of Akron: BLU Jazz+!
Music has been an integral part of 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. 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.
Dan has had the privilege of touring Russia with Eric Marienthal and Germany with the Golden Gospel Singers in the winter of 2011. Over the years, he has enjoyed the honor of sharing the stage with many jazz greats including Joey DeFranceso, Russell Malone, Les McCann, Christian McBride, and Dave Stryker. Dan also teaches jazz guitar and improvisation at Cuyahoga Community College and leads a group of talented musicians from the Northeast Ohio/ Pittsburgh area. These musicians can be heard contributing their full creativity on the 2012 album entitled, “To Whom It May Concern.”
$15 (concert), $30 (concert + CD)
|BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017)*|
|Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.|