Dan Wilson Quintet National touring artist, featured member of the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, & Akron-native guitar master makes swingin' return to BLU - along with an exciting special announcement! Featuring Dan Wilson, Sam Blakeslee, Theron Brown, Alfredo Guerrieri, Dave Throckmorton.

Friday, March 24

Akron’s own, guitarist Dan Wilson, is one of the biggest names on the jazz guitar scene today! He has shared the stage with the likes of Russell Malone, Les McCann, Christian McBride, Eric Marienthal, and Dave Stryker, to name a few.
A finalist in the 2015 Indaba Music Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition, Dan has been on an international tour with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco, in support of their all-new studio album, “Trip Mode,” which also features drummer Jason Brown & bassist Mike Boone.
Get your tickets early for what is sure to be a very memorable and hard-swingin’ evening as we welcome Akron’s own back to BLU! Featuring Sam Blakeslee (trombone), Theron Brown (piano), Alfred Guerrieri (bass), Dave Throckmorton (drums).


About Dan Wilson

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.”

8:00 pm

$15 (advance), $20 (door)

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BLU Jazz+ was named one of the "Best Jazz Venues in the World" by DownBeat Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
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.