Scarsdale, New York. 15/3/1928.

Musicista che ha impegnato tutta la sua vita artistica a tener vivo lo spirito del jazz classico. Wilber, pur facendo parte di un’epoca moderna, insieme a Kenny Davern, Ralph Sutton e Dick Wellstood, ha tenuto vivo lo spirito del jazz delle origini, quello di New Orleans. Il suo primo strumento è stato il pianoforte che ha iniziato a studiare a dieci anni per poi passare al clarinetto. A diciassette anni ha fatto parte di un gruppo di dilettanti che ha preso il nome di “Scarsdale Jazz Band”. Altro iniziale gruppo i “Wild Cats”, con il quale ha suonato revival e jazz tradizionale sulla East Coast, esordendo in sala di incisione. Ha studiato alla Julliard School of Music e alla Eastman, ha ricevuto delle lezioni dal suo idolo Sidney Bechet, nel cui gruppo in seguito ha avuto anche l’opportunità di suonare. Ha fatto parte anche del gruppo di Milton Mezz Mezzrow, ha preso lezioni da Lennie Tristano e presso la Manhattan School of Music con il maestro Leon Russianov. Nella sua lunga vita professionale ha suonato con Maxine Sullivan, Bud Freeman, insieme a Dick Wellstood al famoso Jimmy’s Ryan’s Club di New York, con Vic Dickenson, Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, Max Kaminsky, Benny Goodman, Bob Crosby, è stato membro e fondatore della “World’s Greatest Jazz Band” e nel 1973 insieme a Kenny Darven ha fondato e diretto la “Soprano Summit”. In seguito ha collaborato con sua moglie, le cantante Pug Horton nella loro “Bechet Legacy”.Musicista dalla ottima preparazione, solista di spicco ed arrangiatore notevole, passa con disinvoltura dal jazz tradizionale a quello moderno. Eccellente rappresentante dell’eredità di Bechet, solista influenzato inizialmente nel soprano, clarinetto e sax alto rispettivamente da Bechet, Goodman e Johnny Hodges. Ha maturato in seguito un proprio suono su ognuno dei suddetti strumenti.


Bob Wilber & His Wildcats.

Johnny Glasel (tp) Bob Wilber (cl,ss) Dick Wellstood (p) Charlie Treager (b) Danny Strong (dr)

Willie the weeper / Mabel’s dream / Wild cat blues / Blues for Fowler

(Commodore) New York, 22 Febbraio 1947.

Young Men With Horns.Young Men with horns.

Johnny Galsel (corn) Bob Wilber (cl) Dick Welstood (p) Jeff Stewart (g) Charlie Traeger (b) Eddie Phyfe (dr)

Weary Blues / China Boy / Salty Dog / I Can’t Say / Old Fashioned Love / When You More A Tulip / Once In A While / Mixed Salad.

(Riverside RLP-2501) 11-4-47 e 31-12-47.

Johnny Glasel (tp) Bob Mielke (tb) Sidney Bechet (ss-cl) Bob Wilber (cl) Dick Wellstood (p) Charlie Treager (b) Dennis Strong (dr)

Polka Dot Stomp / I Had It But It’s Gone Now / Spreading Joy / Kansas City Man Blues.


Bob Wilber And His Famous Jazz Band.And His Famous Jazz Band.

Henry Goodwin (tp) Jimmy Archey (tb) Bob Wilber (cl-ss) Dick Wellstood (p) Pops Foster (b) Tommy Benford (dr)

Sweet Georgia Brown / Coal Black Shine / Limenhouse Blues / Zig Zag / When The Saints Go Marching In.


New York, 28-4-49.


Sidney Bechet With Bob Wilber & Jazz Band.Sidney Bechet With Bob Wilber & Jazz Band.

Henry Goodwin (p) James Archey (tb) Sidney Bechet (ss-cl) Bob Wilber (cl-ss) Dick Wellstood (p) Pops Foster (b) Tommy Bedford (dr)

I’m Trough Good By / The Broken Wimdimill / Without Home.


New York, 9-6-49.


Jamming At Rudy.Jamming At Rudy.

Tyree Glenn, Conrad Janis (tb) Burney Peacock (sa) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Paul Quinichette (st) Ralph Sutton, Ken Kersey, Eubie Balke (p) Dan Burley (p) Danny Barker (g-bj) Walter Page (b) Sonny Greer (dr)

Panama / See See Rider / High Society / That’s A-Plenty / Maryland My Maryland / Maple Leaf Rag / Skiffle Jam / Moanin’Dan / Sweet Sue / Kersey’s Googie / Sunny Jungle.

(Jazzology 262) New York, 7-1- e 10-2-51.

The View From Jazzbp’s Head.

Bob Wilber (cl-st) John Glasel (tp) Sonny Truitt (tb) Bob Hammer (p) Bill Britto (b) Jackie Moffitt (dr)

Giggles / Phweedah / Over The Raimbow / The View From Jazzb’s Head / The Troglodyte / Blue Lou / Our Delight / My Old Flame.

(London LTZ N15066) New York, Gennaio 1956.

Sing Or Play With A Band !.Sing Or Play With A Band

Irving Marky Markowitz (tp) Lou McGarity (tb) Bob Wilber (cl,st) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) George Duvivier (b) Elvin Jones (dr)

Witchcraft / One for my baby / The Christmas song / After you’ve gone / Tenderly / Why don’t you do right ? / Manhattan / I’m glad there is you / What a difference a day made / Sentimental journey

(Music Minus One MMO-1004)

New York, 1959

Sing With A Band.Sing With A Band.

Irving Marky Markowitz (tp) Lou McGarity (tb) Bob Wilber (cl,st) Hank Jones (p) Barry Galbraith (g) George Duvivier (b) Elvin Jones (dr)

You make me feel so young / Ain’t misbehavin’ / Fools rush in / Makin’ whoopee / When the sun comes out / Love me or leave me / You’re driving me crazy / Day in, day out / Our waltz / Little white lies

(Music Minus One MMO-1013)

New York, 1959.

New Clarinet In Town.New Clarinet In Town.

Tony Miranda (flic) Bob Wilber (cl) Dave McKenna (p) Charlie Byrd (g) George Duvivier (b) Bobby Donaldson (dr)

Swing 39 / Blame it on my youth / All too soon / Clarinade / Lonely town / The Duke / Benny rides again / Django / Upper Manhattan Medical Group

(Classic Jazz CJ-8)

New York, 1960.



Dick Cary (tp) Vic Dickenson (tb) Bob Wilber (st-cl) Dick Wellstood (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Leonard Gaskin (b) Bobby Donaldson (dr)

Ghost Of The Blues / When The Sun Sets Down South/  Polka Dot Stomp / Little Creole Lullaby / Blackstick / Where Am I / Spreadin’ Joy / Who’ll Chop Your Suey When I’m Gone / Quincy Street Stomp / Georgia Cabin / Blue Horizon.

(Classic Jazz 5)

New York, 6-1-60.

Evolution Of The Blues.Evolution Of The Blues.

Clark Terry (tp) Bob Wilber (cl,st) Dick Wellstood (p) George Duvivier (b) Panama Francis (dr)

After Midnight / Please Blues Go On Away From Here / Souful Serenade / Basie Eyes / The Maryland Farmer / Baptiste Blues / Where Will I Go / La Valse Bleue / Blue Rhumba.

(Classic Jazz Music 9)

22 Luglio e 9 Agosto 1960.

The Bob Wilber All Star Jazz Band.

Buck Clayton (tp) Vic Dickenson (tb) Bob Wilber (cl) Bud Freeman (st) Dick Wellstood (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Panama Francis (dr)

Wolverine blues / The man that got away / When the saints go marching in / Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans ? / Tin roof blues / Keepin’ out of mischief now

(Music Minus One MMO-1009) New York, 12 Gennaio 1961.

The Dixie Do It Yourself.The Dixie Do It Yourself.

Buck Clayton (tp) Vic Dickenson (tb) Bob Wilber (cl) Bud Freeman (st) Dick Wellstood (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Panama Francis (dr)

High society / Chimes blues / Basin Street blues / Milenberg joys / Wild man blues / Basin Street blues

(Music Minus One MMO-1010)

New York, 12 Gennaio 1961.


The Music Of Hoagy Carmichael.The Music Of Hoagy Carmichael.

Yank Lawson (tp) Buddy Morrow (tb) Bud Freeman (st) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Bernie Leighton (p) Gus Johnson (dr) Maxine Williams (vc) ed altri.

Riverboat Shuffle / Georgie In My Mind / One Morning In May / Skylark / Washboard Blues / Stardust / In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening / Jubilee / The Nearmess Of You / Rockin’Chair / Lazy River / I get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes) / Ev’Ntide / New Orleans.

(Audiophile Records 220)

New York, 10 Febbraio 1969.


Soprano Summit In Concert.Soprano Summit In Concert.

Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern (ss-cl) Marty Grosz (g) Ray Brown (b) Jake Hanna (dr)

Stompy Jones / The Grapes Are Ready / Sequin Gown / Doin’The New Low Down / The Golden Rooster / Moxie / Brother Can You Spare A Dime / All By Myself / Swing That Music.

(Concord CCD 4029)

Concord, Luglio 1976.


Soprano Summit.

Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern (ss-cl) Marty Grosz (g) Ray Brown (b) Jake Hanna (dr)

Nagasaki (2 vers) / Chalumeau Blue / Black And Tan Fantasy / Grenadilla Stomp / Danny Boy / Everybody Loves My Baby (2 vers) / Linger Awhile / Slight Under The Weather / Wake Up Chillen’ / Ole Miss / Debut / Some Of These Days / Prince Of Wails / Netcha’s Dream / Oh Daddy / When My Dreamboat Comes Home / There’ll Be Some Changes Made / If You Were The Only Girl On The World / I’d Climb The Highest Mountain / Wequassett Wail / Arkansas Lullaby / Crazy Rhythm / Lover Come Back To Me / Georgia Cabin / Song Of The Wanderers.

(Chiaroscuro CR 148) New York, 1976-1977.

Vital Wilber.Vital Wilber.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Ove Lind (cl) Lars Erstrand (vib) Rolf Berg (g) Are Wihelsson (b)

Jubilee / Im Gonna Sit Right Down / Am I Blue / Nice Work If You Can Get It / My Heart Stood Still / Afeter You’ve Gone / The Land Of The Midnight Sun / Clarion Song / Sunday / Treasure / Limenhouse Blues / There’s A Small Hotel / How Long Has This Been Going On / Sugar / Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / Good Friday Bounce / East Of The Sun.

(Phontastic 8857)

Svezia, 28-4-77.

Bob Wilber And The Scott Hamilton Quartet.And The Scott Hamilton Quartet

Bob Wilber (c-sa-ss) Scott Hamilton (st) Chris Flory (g) Phil Flanigan (b) Chuck Riggs (dr)

Riff / Rocks In My Bed / Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea / Time After Time / I Never Knew / Jonathan’s Way / All Too Soon / Freeman’s Way / Treasure / Puggles / Taking A Chance On Love / 144 West 54 th / Jazzspeak.

(Chiaroscuro CR 171)

New York, 30-6 e 1-7-77.

The Many Faces Of Bob And Pug.The Many Faces Of Bob And Pug.

Bob Wilber (ss,cl,sa,vc) Dill Jones (p) Steve Novosel (b) Tommy Benford (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Rocks in my bed / Love me with a feeling / It don’t mean a thing

(Fat Cat’s Jazz FCJ186) Manassas Jazz Festival, 3-4 Dicembre 1977.

Bob Wilber (ss,cl,sa,vc) Larry Eanet (p) Steve Novosel (b) Tommy Benford (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Nobody’s baby / Someone to watch over me / You’re lucky to me / Dreaming butterfly / Hot time in the old town / Mean to me / All that I ask of you is love / Wrap your troubles in dreams / Cabin in the sky

(Fat Cat’s Jazz FCJ186) 2-2-78.

Groovin’ At The Grunewald.Groovin’ At The Grunewald.

Bob Wilber (cl-sa-ss) Dave McKenna (p) Pug Horton (vc) Lars Estrand (vib) Lennart Nyhlen (g) Arne Wilhelsson (b) Robert Edman (dr)

My Blue Heaven / Did I Rememeber / Love-Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere / Plese Be Kind / The End Of A Beautiful Friendship / Everywhere You Go.

(Phontastic 50-14)

Stoccolma, 9-8-78.


Rapturous Reeds.Rapturous Reeds.

Bob Wilber (sa,ss) Arne Domnerus (sa) Bengt Hallberg (p) Rune Gustafsson (g) Sture Nordin (b) Rune Carlsson (dr)

Jumpin’ at the Woodside / Sultry summer day / I’ve loved you all my life / Chloe / Sherman shuffle / Stompin’ at the Savoy / You are my lucky star / I double dare you / Alone together / Linger awhile / Yours is my heart alone

(Phontastic PHONT7517)

Stockholm Concert Hall, Stoccolma, 9-8-78.

Original Wilber.Original Wilber.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-sa) Dave McKenna (p) Bill Crow (b) Connie Kay (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Movin’n’Groovin’ / B.G. / Treasure / Land Of The Midnight Sun / Don’t Go Away/ Wind Song / Wequasset Wail / I’ve Loved You All My Life / Hymn: In Memory Of King Oliver / I Can’t Forget You Know / Crawfish Shuffle.

(Phontastic 7519)

New York, 15-16 Novembre 1978.

In The Mood For Swing.In The Mood For Swing.

Bob Wilber (sa-ss-cl) Lars Erstrand (vib) Jimmy Maxwell (tp) Norris Turney (sa) Al Klink, Frank Wess (st) Hank Jones (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Michael Moore (b) Connie Kay (dr)

I’m In The Mood For Swing / It’s The Talk Of The Town / Dinah / I’m Confessin’/ When Lights Are Low / Ring Dem Bells / Memories Of You / Bei Mir Bist Du Schon / Chinatown My Chinatown / Yours And Mine.

(Phontastic 7526)

New York, 30-31 Maggio 1979.

Music Of Fats Waller And James P.Johnson.Music Of Fats Waller And James P.Johnson.

Jimmy Maxwell (tp) Jack Gale (tb) Bob Wilber (cl,ss,sa) Bill Kirchner (st) Dick Hyman (p,org) Dick Wellstood (p) Major Holley (b) Panama Francis (dr)

Caprice rag / Old fashioned love / Carolina shout / Snowy morning blues / You’ve got to be modernistic / If I could be with you one hour tonight / Willow tree / Handful of keys / Jitterbug waltz / Minor drag / Snake hips dance

(Smithsonian N-021) New York, 13 Maggio, 20 Giugno 1979.

Swinging For The King.

Bob Wilber, Arne Domnerus, Ove Lind, Anders R.Ohman (cl) Lars Erstrand (vib) Lars Sjosten (p) Karl-Eric Kolmgren (g) Arne Wilhelmsson (b) Rune Carlsson (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

We’ll Meet Again / Let’s Dance / It’s Been So Long / I Had To Do It / Bach Goes To Town / Seven Come Eleven / Jersey Bounce / Rachel’s Dream / Lullaby In Rhythm / Stealin’Apples.

(Phontastic 7406/7 2LP) Stoccolma, Febbraio – Agosto 1979.


Bob Wilber (ss-sa-cl) Lars Erstrand (vib) Mark Shane (p) Chris Flory (g) Pjil Flanagan (b) Chuck Riggs (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Dizzy Fingers / Poor Butterfly / Airmail Special / Foolin’Myself / Soft Winds / Jumpin’At The Woodside / Clarinade / Rose Room / Royal Graden Blues / What A Little Moonlight Can Do / Memories Of You / The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.

(Bodeswell Rec.BW 101)

New York, 24-8-80.

Bob Wilber And The Bechet Legacy.And The Bechet Legacy.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-arr) Glenn Zottola (tp) Mark Shane (p) Chris Flory (g-bj) Phil Flanigan (b) Chuck Riggs (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Down In Honky Tonky Town / Si Tu Vois Ma Mere (Lonesome) / Stop Shimmying Sister / The Lazy Blues / If I Let You Get Away / Roses Of Picardy / Petit Fleur / Rue Des Champs Elysees / Chant In The Night / I’m A Little Balckbird Looking For A Bluebird / Kansas City Man Blues / China Boy.

(Bodeswell BW 103)

New York, 22-1-81.

Music Of King Oliver.Music Of King Oliver.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-arr) Bob Zottola (tp) Glenn Zottola (tp) Tom Artin (tb) Mark Shane (p) Chris Flory (bj) Phil Flanigan (b) Chuck Riggs (dr) 

Canal Street Blues / Mabel’s Dream / Alligator Hop / Kroked Blues / Chattaooga Stomp / Camp Meeting Blues / Dipper Mouth Blues / Lincoln Garden Stomp / Snake Rag / Riverside Blues / Froggie Moore / Jazzin’ Babies Blues / Buddy’s Habit / Wa-Wa-Wa / I Ain’t Gonna Tell Nobody.

(GHB Records 201)

New York, 10-5-81.

On The Road.On The Road.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-arr) Mike Peters (g-bj) Len Skeat (b) Butch Miles (dr)

Oh Lady Be Good / Georgia Cabin / Summertime / What A Dream / I Keep Calling Your Name / Polka Dot Stomp / Egyptian Fantasy / Ghost Of The Blues / Summertime / Love For Sale / Santa Claus Blues / Indian Summer / Dand Les Rues d’Antibes.

(Jazzology 214)

New York, 24-11-81.

Ode To Bechet.Ode To Bechet.

Glenn Zottola (tp) Vic Dickenson (tb) Bob Wilber (ss) Mark Shane (p) Mike Peters (bj,g) Reggie Johnson (b) Butch Miles (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Margie / Blues in the air / I can’t believe that you’re in love with me / I get the blues when it rains / The mooche / I ain’t gonna give nobody none o’ this jelly-roll / When my dreamboat comes home / Ode to Bechet / Quincy Street stomp / A sailboat in the moonlight / High society / Bechet’s fantasy / Shake it and break it

(Bodeswell BW104)

Live Bechet’s, New York, 5-6 Agosto 1982.


Bob Wilber (sa,ss) Mark Shane (p) Mike Peters (g) Todd Coolman (b) Butch Miles (dr)

One morning in May / Song of songs / Clarion song / In the wee small hours of the morning / Body and soul / Memory / All alone / Deep purple / I’ll be seeing you / Bess, you is my woman now / Treasure / Bossa losada

(Bodeswell BW106)

New York, 8-10 Giugno 1983.


The Cotton Club.Cotton

Dave Brown, Lew Soloff (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Bob Wilber (cl-sa-dir) Joe Temperly (sb) Lonette McKee, Gregotry Hines, Priscilla Baskerville, Larry Marshall (vc)

The Mooche / Cotton Club Stomp 2 / Drop Me Pff In Harlem / Creole Love Call / Ring Dem Bells / East St.Louis Toodle-Oo / Truckin’ / I’ll Wind / Cotton Club Stomp 1 / Mood Indigo / Minnie The Moocher / Copper Colored Gal / Daybreak Express Medely.

(Geffen 70260) New York, 1983.

Live At Wineard.

Randy Sandke (tp) Bob Wilber (cl-ss-arr) Mike Peters (g) John Goldsby (b)

Down In Honky Tonk Town / Georgia Cabin / I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me / Wilber Remarks / Promenade aux Champs-Elysees / China Boy / Indian Summer / Wilber Remarks / Margie / Chloe / Oh Lady Be Good.

(Challenge Rec. 70081) New York, 29-1-84.

The Bob Wilber – Dick Wellstood Duet.The Bob Wilber – Dick Wellstood Duet.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-arr) Dick Welstood (p)

Ain’tcha Got Music / Lonesome Blues / I’ve Got You Under My Skin / You, You, You / Chinatown, My Chinatown / Souful Soliloquy / Save You Sorrow For Tomorrow / Soprano Chop Suey / I Wonder What Became Of Me / The Entertainer / Wild Cat Blues / No Flowers For My Lady / Song Of The Vagabonds.

(Progressive 7080)

New York, 27-3 e 22-5-84.

The Music Of Lil Hardin.

Glen Zottola, Doc Cheatam (tp) Dan Barret (tb) Bob Wilber (sa-st-ss-cl-dir-arr) Anti Sarpilla (cl) Buddy Tate (st) Lillette Jenkins (p-vc) Chrsi Flory, Howard Alden (g) Jack Lesberg (b) Jackie Williams (dr)

Hotter Than That / You’re Next / Struttin’With Some Barbecue / Skid-Dat-De-Dat / My Heart / Lonesome Blues / Two Deuces / Lil’s Boogie / Just For A Thrill / Born To Swing / Everything Wrong Nothing Right / Hi Di Ho Man / Brown Gal / Let’s mGet Happy Together.

(Chiaroscuro CR 302) New York, Gennaio-Novembre 1988.

Dancing On A Rainbow.

Wallace Davenport (tp) David Sager (tb) Bob Wilber (cl,ss,sa) Clarence Ford (cl,st,sb) Dave Bodenhouse (p) Danny Barker (g) Dewey Sampson (b) Freddie Kohlman (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Dancing on a rainbow / Charlie the Chulo / The golden rooster / Rose of the Rio Grande / Dooji wooji / A flower is a lovesome thing / Love in my heart / A lull at dawn / Blue and broken hearted / Good Queen Bess / Yours is my heart alone / Echoes of Harlem / Dreaming butterfly / Junior hop

(Circle CCD-159) New Orleans, 19-20 Novembre 1989.


Bob Wilber (cl-sa-C/mel-dir-arr) Tom Pletcher, Fabrizio Cattaneo (corn) Al Corvini, Claudio Corvini, Enrico Fineschi (tp) David Sager, Marcello Rosa, Mario Corvini (tb) Kenny Davern (cl) Eric Daniel, Fabiano Pellini (sx) Anfy Stein (viol) Keith Nichols (p) Lino Patruno (bj-g) Vince Giordano (b) Walter Ganda (dr)

Idolizing / Dardanella / Singin’The Blues (2 vers) / My Pretty Girl / Maple Leaf Rag / Riverboat Shuffle (2 vers) / Since My Best Gal / Jazz Me Blues (2 vers) / Somebody Stole My Gal / Stardust / I’ll A Friend Wioth Pleasure / In A Mist / Tin Roof Blues / I’m Coming Virginia / Davemport Blues / Bix.

(RCA PD 74766) Roma, Maggio 1990.

Moments Like This.Moments Like This.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Anti Sarpilla (cl) ed altri da identificare.

Rent Party Blues / Naughty Phideauz / Moon Song / See See Rider / Alligator Flop / Estrellita / It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie / Magig Nights / Limenhouse Blues / Lester’s Bounce / Fascinating Rhythm / Reverie / Tha Snake Charmer / These Foolish Things / I Want A Little Girl / Tango A La Bechet / Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You / Vampin’Miss Georgia.

(Phontastic 8811) Svezia, 27-28 Maggio 1991.

Summit Reunion.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-sa) Kenny Davern (cl) Riccardo Zegan (p) Aldo Zunino (b) Gil Cuppini (dr)

Black And Blue / altri brani.

Sori, 5-7-91.

Summit Reunion ’92.Summit Reunion’92.

Bob Wilber (cl-ss-sa) Kenny Davern (cl) Dick Hyman (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Milt Hinton (b) Bobby Rosengarden (dr)

Oh Lady Be Good / Apex Blues / Moonglow/ I’m Sorry Dear / Love Me Or Leave Me / New Orleans / Chinatown.

Stesso gruppo con Flip Phillips (st)

Solitude / My Blue Heaven / My Mother’s Eyes.

(Chiaroscuro CR 324) Nave Norway, Mar De Caraibi, 27-28 Ottobre 1992.

A Man And His Music.A Man And His Music.

Bob Wilber (cl,st,sa,ss) Mick Pyne (p) Dave Cliff (g) Dave Green (b) Bobby Worth (dr)

The world is waiting for the sunrise / Stalkin’ the Bean / Do I love you ? / That old gang of mine / Django / I want to be happy / Chu / Freeman’s way / It’s a lazy afternoon / J.J. Jump / Accent on youth / Lullaby in rhythm / Smoke rings / Bossa losada

(J & M CD503)

Guildford, Inghilterra, 19-12-93.

Horns A Plenty.Horns A Plenty.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Johnny Varro (p) Phil Flanigan (b) Ed Metz Jr. (dr)

Walking Happy / Make Believe / Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Come Fly With Me / The maids Of Cadiz / Just A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds / It’s De Lovely / Softly As In A Morning Sunrise / Falling In Love With You / This Can’t Be Love / Puerto Penasco / Falling In Love With Love / Driftin Clouds / Valley Of The Sun / All That I Ask Of You Is Love.

(Arbors 19135)


Dancing On A Rainbow.Dancing On A Raimbow.

Wallace Davemport (tp) Clarence Ford (cl-sb-st) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Danny Barker (g) Dewey Sampson (b) Freddie Kohlman (dr)

Dancing On A Raimbow / Charlie The Chulo / Thegolden Rooster / Rose Of The Rio Grande / Dooji Wooji / A Flower Is A Lonesome Thing / Love In My Heart / A Lull At Dream / Blue / Good Queen Bess / Yours Is My Heart Alone / Echoes Of Harlem / Dreaming Butterfly / Junior Hop.

(Circle 159)



Bob Wilber, Harry Allen, Antti Sarpilia, Tommy Whittle (st) Mick Pyne (p) Dave Cliff (g) Dave Green (b) Clark Tracey (dr)

The Man I Love / Betcha’s Dream / Crazy Rhythm / Buh-de-Daht / Low Flame / Avalon / Stuffy / Romanza / Spotlite / Just A Gigolo / Tenderly / Pick-Up-Boys / Bean N’Soul / Stumpy / When Day Is Done / Feelin’The Bean / Flight Of The Hawk.

(Arbor Records ARCD 19144)



Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Ralph Sutton (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Bob Haggart (b) Butch Miles (dr)

Echoes Of Spring / Mexical Rose / Nostalgia / Lambeth Walk / Liebeslied / Among My Souvenirs / Floatin’Down To Cotton Town / Charmaine / Tango In D Major / Dardanella / O, For The Wings Of A Dove / Roses Od Picardy / That’s My Home / Sonny Boy / Guess I’ll Go Back Home / Some Day / Echoes Of Spring.

(Arbors 19145)

27-28 Marzo 1995.

The Hamburg Concert.The Hamburg Concert.

Randy Sandke (tp) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Mark Dhane (p-vc) Dave Cliff (g) David Green (b) Butch Miles (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Down In Honky Tonk Town / Promenade aux Champs-Elysees / Oh, Daddy / Miss Jennie’s Ball / Egyptian Fantasy / Quincy Street Stomp / Georgia Cabin / I Had It But It’s All Gone Now / Maryland, My Maryland / Si Tu Vois Ma Mere / Dans Les Rues d’Antibes / Premier Bal / Reverie / Chloe / Petit Fleur / After You’ve Gone.

(Nagel Heyer Rec. 28)


Memories Of You.Memories Of You.

Bob Wilber (cl) Dany Doriz (vib) Georges Arvanitas (p) Eddie Jones (b) Butch Miles (dr)

Avalon / Air Mail Special / Memories Of You / AC-DC Current / After You’ve Gone / My Melancoly Beby / Soft Wind / Just One Of Those Things / Moonglow / Stompin’At The Savoy / Seven Come Eleven / Smiles / Pick-A-Rib, Pt.1 / Pick-A-Rib Pt.2.

(Black & Blue 897)

Parigi, 6-7 Novembre 1995.

Bufadora Blow Up.Bufadora Blow Up.

John-Erik Kelso, Charlie Bertini, Wendell Brunious (tp) George Masso, Dan Barrett (tb) Scott Robinson, Jerry Jerome (sax) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Dick Hyman (p) Howard Halden (g) Phil Flanigan (b) Ed Metz Jr. (dr)

Blufadora Blow-Up / Dancing On A Raimbow / Patterns Of Ecstacy / It’s Been So Long / Early Morning Blues / I’m Checkin’ Hout-Go’om Bye / Clarion Song / Goodnight My Love / Mostly Mozart / In A Melancholy Mood / Movin’N’Groovin’ / Tango Royale / The Big Pearl / Mdina / We’ll All Go Ridin’On A Raimbow / Jumpin’At Woodside.

(Arbors 19187) 23-3-96.

What Swing Is All About…What Swing Is All About

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Anti Sarpilia (st-cl) Mark Shane (p) Phil Flanigan (b) Joe Acione (dr) Pug Horton (vc)

Smiles / Tickle Toe / Someday You’ll Be Sorry / I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues / Want To Be Happy / You’de Be So Nice To Come Home To / Basiec Jump / Black Home Again In Indiana / Love Comes Along Once In A Lifetime / The Song Is You / Feeling I’m Falling / I’ve Got A Crush On You – You Do Something To me / Bernfest / This Is New / Goody Goody / Billie’s Bounce / Doggin’Around.

(Nagel Heyer 5007)

Amburgo, 28-9-96.

Reunion At Arbors.Reunion At Arbors.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Kenny Davern (cl) Dave Frishberg (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Bob Haggart (b) Ed Metz Jr. (dr)

Cherry / Sentimental Journey / Who’s Sorry Now / I Want A Little Girl / The Sheik Of Araby / Dear Sidney / Sometimes I’m Happy / I’m Confessin’/ Arbors Stomp.

(Arbors 19183)


A Perfect Match: A Tribute To Hodges & Wild Bill Davis.A Perfect Match

Britt Woodman (tb) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Dick Hyman (p-org) James Chirollo (g) Phil Lanigan (b) Joe Ascione (dr)

In A Mellow Tone / Wings ‘N Things / Taffy / It’s Only A Paper Moon / Mona Lisa / L.B.Blues / Eternally / Limbo Jazz / Wisteria / He Loves And She Loves / It Don’t Mean A Thing / Cote D’Azur.

(Arbors 19193)

New York, 1-2 Agosto 1997.

Everywhere You Go There’s Jazz.Everywhere You Go There’s Jazz.

Bent Perssson (tp) Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Dick Hyman (p) David Green (b) Ed Metz Jr (dr)

Scarecrow / Duke’s Feeling Sad / Stolen Sweet / Jeepers Creepers / Music Maestro Please / With A Song In My Heart / Mood Indigo / Sherman Shuffle / Sweet Lotus Blossom / Mahogany Hall Stomp / Racing With The Moon / Un Hommage a’Sidney Bechet / Everywhere You Go.

(Arbors 19202) 24-25 Marzo 1998.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Kenny Davern (cl) Roberto Colombo (g) Aldo Zunino (b) Stefano Bagnoli (dr)

There’ll Be Some Chages Made / Limenhouse Blues / Traveling All Alone / All By Myself / Rosetta.

Rassegna jazz Golfo Paradiso, Sori, 6-7-98.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Kenny Davern (cl) Roberto Colombo (g) Aldo Zunino (b) Stefano Bagnoli (dr)

Cherry / Yelloow Dog Blues / Dear Sidney / Mood Indigo.

Festival Jazz incontro alla gente, San Marino, 17-7-98.

Fletcher Henderson’s Unrecorded Arrangements For Benny Goodman.Fletcher Henderson’s Unrecorded Arrangements For Benny Goodman.

Jean Imbert, Eric Robert, Philippe Laudet, Jacques Sallent (tp) Laurent Hotta, Didier Pascal, Michel Chalot (tb) Bob Wilber (cl) Paul Cheron (sa) Stephane Lourties (sa) Michel Pastre, Gerard Batbie (st) Guy Robert (sb) Thierry Olle (p) Henri Cheron (g) Pierre Luc Puig (b) Jean-Luc Guiraud (dr)

Rose In Rio Grande / Blue And Broken Hearted / Song Of The Wanderer / Out Of Nowhere / Humoresque / Poor Butterfly / Rosalie / All My Life / Thou Swell / She’s Funny That Way / Sunday / Sweet Lorraine / S’posin’ / Sugar / Sweet And Alow / Milemberg Joys / Bojangles Of Harlem.

(Arbors 19229) 7-9 Luglio 1999.

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’Yet.You Ain’t Heard Nothin’Yet.

Bob Wilber (ss-cl) Kenny Davrern (cl) Marc Shane (p) Bucky Pizzarelli (g) Frank Tate (b) Hal Smith (dr)

Baby Face / Carolina In The Morning / Chinatown My Chinatown / Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody / Swanee / After You’ve Gone / The Anniversary Song / When The Red Robin Comes Bob, Bobbin’Along / You Made Me Love You / April Showers / Rose A Washington Square / Avalon / (Back Home in)Indiana / California Here Come.

(Jazzology Records 328)


More Never Recorded Arrangements For Benny Goodman.More Never Recorded Arrangements For Benny Goodman.

Jean Imbert, Eric Robert, Philippe Laudet, Jacques Sallent (tp) Laurent Hotta, Didier Pascal, Michel Chalot (tb) Bob Wilber (cl) Paul Cheron (sa,cl) Stephane Lourties (sa,cl) Jean-Francois Bonnel, Gerard Barbie (st,cl) Guy Robert (sb,cl,fl) Thierry Olle (p) Henri Cheron (g) Pierre-Luc Puig (b) Jean-Luc Guiraud (dr)

Tuxedo Stomp / Blue Interlude / I’m Coming Virginia / All The Things You Are / I Want To Be Happy / Guess I’ll GO Back Home / Some Of These Days / Ballad For Benny / Royal Garden Blues / Song Of The Plow / I Know That You Know / Mendelssohn Mowed Down / Limenhouse Blues / The Thrill Is Gone / Conversation / Clarinetta / Benny’s Bugle.

(Arbors 19282) Tolosa, Francia, 29-30 Ottobre 2002.chiusura


Springfield, Ohio. 11/4/1904. – Detroit, Michigan. 25/4/1982.

Ha iniziato a studiare il pianoforte a 12 anni e a 14 il banjo. Nel 1922 ha debuttato con Cecil e Lloyd Scott. Entra nella ”Synco Jazz Band” di William McKinney che in seguito ha assunto il nome di McKinney Cotton Picker’s e vi rimane sino al 1937. Nel 1938 ha assunto l’incarico di direttore e cerimoniere al “Melody Club” di Detroit. Ha diretto un suo sestetto, nel quale ha suonato la chitarra, sino al 1950. Ha lasciato la musica attiva per comparire ogni tanto in jam session locali.chiusura


Method, North Carolina. 27/12/1907. – New York. 29/9/1968.

Ha fatto il pianista nel gruppo scolastico e mentre è ancora agli studi ha suonato con il gruppo di Jimmy Lunceford. Dal 1925 al 1927 ha studiato alla Fisk University e dal 1928 al 1929 è tornato con Lunceford, con il quale egli ha avuto anche un ruolo importante come arrangiatore e si deve alla sua penna il sound particolare che ha dato origine allo stile Lunceford. Nel 1947 è passato con l’orchestra di Joe Thomas ed in seguito è stato attivo nell’area di New York accompagnando dei solisti, guidando dei piccoli gruppi ed esibendosi al Cafè Riviera, avendo occasionalmente come partner Teddy McRae e Edmond Hall. Nel 1968 ha suonato in Canada insieme a Big Chief Moore. chiusura


Sherburne, New York. 2/5/1903. – Cincinnatus, New York. 27/8/1999.

E’ stato uno dei musicisti di jazz che ha avuto la carriera più lunga. Nel 1924 ha suonato nella “Paul Whiteman’s Collegians”, poi con i “California Ramblers”, con Jean Goldkette nel 1925. Nel 1927 ha lasciato la musica a tempo pieno per dedicarsi al mondo degli affari. Nel 1970 spinto dal suo caro amico Joe Venuti è rientrato nella musica partecipando alla Carnegie Hall nel 1975 al Tributo a Bix Beiderbecke. In seguito ha continuato a suonare, partecipando a diverse registrazioni ed a diverse manifestazioni internazionali. Di recente si è esibito in Italia ad Ancona con il gruppo di Lino Patruno.chiusura


Boston, Michigan. 9/6/1952.

Ha iniziato ad interessarsi al jazz all’età di 15 anni e ha studiato gli strumenti ad ancia alla Berklee College of Music dal 1968 al 1970 e dal 1970 al 1975 al New England Conservatory. Nel 1975 è entrato nel gruppo dell’organista Al Kooper con il quale ha girato gli Stati Uniti. Tornato a Boston ha ripreso i contatti con gli amici Tim Landers, Dean Brown e Mike Stern con i quali nel 1981 ha dato vita al gruppo “Vital Information”. In seguito è andato in Svezia dove nel 1989 ha riproposto il “Vital Information”. Ha lavorato nello Swedish Radio Jazz Group, ha fatto un tour con Herbie Hancock e una sezione ritmica svedese dal 1990 al 1991. Si è esibito con il “TIA-DIA”insieme a Lars Danielsson e Alex Acuna ed ha collaborato con Eje Thelin, Anders Jornin, il chitarrista Goran Klinghagen, con Bosse Broberg, il pianista Steve Dobrogosz ed il chitarrista Rolf Jardermark.


I Don’t Know Betty … But I Think You Can Dance To It.

Dave Wilczewski (sax) Stefan Blomqvist (keyb) Ulf Jansson (g/el) Kofi Bentsi-Enchill (b) Bosse Knutsson (b/el) Christian Spering (b) Andre Ferrari (dr,perc) Katarina Wilczewski (vc)

The weather’s great … wish you were here / I don’t know Betty … but I think it’s a clarinet / Samantha / Who stole my car / Wherever you’re ready / Why me ? / A brew for Bro / Missing you.

(Caprice CAP1373)

Stoccolma, Febbraio 1989.

Room in the Clouds.

David Wilczewski (ss,st,cl) Magnus Persson (vib,perc) Peter Nylander, Max Schultz, Mattias Torell (g) Torbjorn Zetterberg (dr)

Mio / Wayne’s world / April fools / Room in the clouds / Elvin Jones / Fun for Kofi / Lament to B.G. / Gofry in Gdansk / Blues for Shep / Way back when / Speedy / For a smile.

(Opus 3 22051)

Jarna, Svezia, Giugno-Agosto 2005.



Rochester, New York. 17/2/1907. – Gainesville, Florida. 24/12/1980.

Inizia l’attività come compositore classico, scrive numerose opere di musica da camera, per pianoforte, per balletti ed un concerto per violoncello ed orchestra. In seguito si dedica al jazz e con i suoi arrangiamneti porta in questa musica strumenti considerati poco adatti ad essa, come clavicembalo, oboe, fagotto ed altri. Compositore che ha ispirato molti jazzmen. Nel 1939 ha diretto anche un suo gruppo.

Composizioni :

April age (The) – At the swing shift ball – I’ll be around – It’s so peaceful in the country – Lady sings the blues – Moon and sand – Soft as spring – Stop that dancing up there – Trouble is a man – While we’re young – Where is the one – Where do you go – Who can i turn to – Wrong blues (The) chiusura


Washington DC. 19/12/1960.

Quando aveva quattro anni si è trasferito con la famiglia in Francia, dove ha frequentato le scuole studiando anche filosofia. Nel 1982 è tronato negli Stati Uniti dove ha frequentato la Long Island University e a New York ha studiato privatamente il pianoforte con Jim McNeely e Mulgrew Miller. Nel 1987 ha registrato il suo primo disco insieme a Ira Coleman e Jack DeJohnette. Ha collaborato con Greg Osby, Donald Harrison, Ernie Watts, Vincent Herring, Joshua Redman ed altri. Nel 1990 è tornato a Parigi dove ha collaborato con Barney Wilen, partecipando con lui a molti festival estivi. In seguito ha lasciato il pianoforte per dedicarsi al computer ed alla musica elettrica. chiusura


Colwyn, Pennsylvania. 22/2/1922.

Ha studiato musica a Filadelfia insieme a Red Rodney e Buddy DeFranco. Poi ha frequentato la Mastbaum School Of Music di Chicago, dove si era rasferito al seguito del padre direttore d’orchestra. Nel 1941 ha debuttato con Les Hite e nel 1942 ha fatto parte dell’orchestra di Lionel Hampton. Ha suonato poi con Jimmy Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Sam Donahue, Herbie Fields e Noble Sissle. Lavora nei teatri di Broadway ed è molto richiesto negli studi di registrazione. Nel 1954 ha suonato con Count Basie, Ralph Burns, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Smith, Benny Carter e nel 1957 si è trasferito a New York alla ABC TV. Fa una tournée con Benny Goodman in Unione Sovietica, ha accompagnato Tony Bennett, Lena Horne. Ha collaborato con Michel Legrand, Steve Allen/Terry Gibbs, con Charles Mingus, Les McCann, John Lewis, Jimmy Giuffre, Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, con John Colianni nel 1986. Ha fatto parte anche di orchestre classiche come la New York Philarmonic nel 1975. I suoi trascorsi stanno a dimostrare la sua versatilità.


Smart Lucious Beautiful.joe wilder Smart Luscious Beautiful.

Joe Wilder (tp) Pete Brown (sa) Wade Legge (p) Wally Richardsong) Gene Ramey (b) Rudy Collins (dr)

Moonlight In Vermont / Used Blues / Delta Blues / There Will Never be Another You.

(Bethlehem, BCP 6034)

New York, 16-11-54.


Wilder ’N’ Wilder.joe wilder Wilder ’N’ Wilder.

Joe Wilder (tp) Hank Jones (p) Wendell Marshall (b) Kenny Clarke (dr)

Cherokee / Prelude To A Kiss / My Heart Stood Still / Six Bit Blues / Mad About The Boy / Darn That Dream.

(Savoy SV 0131)

New York, 19-1-56.


The Pretty Sound.joe wilder The Pretty Sound.

Joe Wilder (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Jerome Richardson (st-cl) Bill Bodner (eh-fl-cl-st) Hank Jones (p) Al Casamenti (g) George Duvivier (b) Don Lamond (dr)

Harbor Lights/ The Boy Next Doo/ Blue Moon.

New York, 1-12-58.

Joe Wilder (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Jerome Richardson (st-cl) Jerry Sanfino (eh-fl-cl-st) Hank Jones (p) Al Casamenti (g) George Duvivier (b) Osie Johnson (dr)

Guys And Dolls/ It’s So Peaceful In The Country/ Greensleeves/ Lullaby.

New York, 3-12-58.

Joe Wilder (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Herbie Mann (fl) Milt Hinton (b) John Cresci Jr (dr)

Caravan/ I Hear Music/ Autumn In New York.

(Philips B 07579 L) New York, 22-5-59.

Presenting Little, Dane And Mason.

Joe Wilder (tp) Urbie Green (tb) Vince Dane, Chuck Little, Herb Mason (vc) con orchestra.

That’s Plenty / Oh By Ingo / Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye / When You Make Your Wish / So Long Oo-Long / Love Is A Simple Thing / That International Rag / Carol Of The Bells / Matador / Here’s A How We Do / Heart / Fugue For Tinhorns.

(Mercury MGT 20473) New York, 1959.

Alone With Just My Dreams.joe wilder Alone With Just My Dreams.

Joe Wilder (tp-flic) James Williams (p) Remo Palmieri (g) Jay Leonhart (b) Sherman Ferguson (dr)

But Not For Me / Everything Happens To me / I Will Wait For You / Answer Me My Love / Far Away Places / Alone With Just My Dreams / Wonderland / I Love You / Struttin’With Some Barbecue / Joe’s Blues / What A Wonderful World.

(Evening Star ES 101)

New York, 6-8-91.

No Greater Love.joe wilder No Greater Love.

Joe Wilder (tp-flic) Seldon Powell (st-fl) Bobby Tucker (p) James Chirillo (g) Milton Hinton (b) Sherman Ferguson (dr)

Come On Home / There Is No Greater Love / Day Dream / It’s Easy To Remember / Love Me Tender / I’m Grown Accustomed To Her Face / Samba De Orfeo / / That’s All / Harry Lulu / Pprelude To A Kiss / The Courtship / God Bless The Child / Thinking Of Lady / Dylan.

(Evening Star ES 103) New York, 3-4 Agosto 1993.chiusura


Milburn, Nevada. 1/1/1938.

Ha studiato al MacPhail College of Music di Minneapolis e si è laurata nel 1977 all’Università dell’Oregon. Ha iniziato ad insegnare alla Central Michigan University, nei campus di Fort Kent e alla Università del Maine. Ha anche insegnato alla Università del Wisconsin dove ha avuto la cattedra di studi sul jazz nel 1998. Ha guidato un suo quartetto dal 1977 al 1980, un trio con il bassista Hans Strurm e Dane Richeson nel 1985. Ha anche collaborato nella Duke Ellington Orchestra, nella Milwaukee Synphony Orchestra, con Roscoe Mitchell ed insieme a B.Benward ha pubblicato il libbro : Jazz Improvisation in Theory and Pratice nel 1984. chiusura


Pianista e cantante che si è conquistato grande popolarità a Chicago, tra il 1926 ed il 1931, per delle registrazioni effettuate per le case editrici Oken, Paramoune Bruswig. Pianista stilisticamente a cavallo tra il ragtime ed il piano blues. Spesso lavorava in coppia con la sorella Irene.


Central Avenue Boogie.

Arnold Winey (p-vc)

Plain Food Blues / Wiley’s Boogie.

(Delmark DD 656) New York, 1944.chiusura


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