The Dave Wilson Quartet | One Night at Chris'

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Joe Lovano John Coltrane Michael Brecker

More Artists From
United States - Pennsylvania

Other Genres You Will Love
Jazz: Contemporary Jazz Jazz: Acid Jazz Moods: Featuring Saxophone
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

One Night at Chris'

by The Dave Wilson Quartet

The recording is a document of one evening of music recorded live, no overdubs, no second takes and with all the nuances, surprises and magic known as Jazz. One Night at Chris’ bristles with a kind of visceral energy and sheer burn from one magic night!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
Buy 2 or more of this title's physical copies and get 10% off
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Ocean Blues
6:21 $0.99
2. Friend of the Devil
6:46 $0.99
3. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
6:21 $0.99
4. My Own Prison
7:01 $0.99
5. Biggest Part of Me
7:29 $0.99
6. Movin' On
6:58 $0.99
7. God Only Knows
6:05 $0.99
8. Untitled Modal Tune
6:23 $0.99
9. Summertime
7:23 $0.99
10. Spiral
7:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Liner Notes from One Night At Chris':

As brawny-toned tenorman Dave Wilson said, in reflecting back on this inspired set, “It was a good night!” That’s an understatement. One Night at Chris’ bristles with a kind of visceral energy and sheer burn that lit up the crowd at the famed Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia in March of 2018 and makes for invigorating listening now. Wilson’s fifth recording as a leader and first live outing captures his quartet’s simpatico on an exceptionally good night.
“There was just a real good interaction in the rhythm section,” noted the saxophonist, saluting his stellar crew of pianist Kirk Reese, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Dan Monaghan. Together they deliver the goods on four Wilson originals along with savvy adaptations of familiar pop tunes, filtered through a distinctly jazzy prism.
A student of the great tenor saxophonist and educator Bill Barron, whom he studied with at Wesleyan University during the mid ‘70s, Wilson is a dedicated jazzman with one foot in bebop and the other striding into the New Thing, following a path pioneered by one of his biggest influences, iconic tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. “Trane got me into playing the saxophone when I was 15 years old,” says the Bronxville, New York native and longtime resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “I was a clarinet player and then listening to him on Live at the Village Vanguard and My Favorite Things around 1970-71 really got me involved in playing the tenor.”
While immersing himself in Trane and later Dexter Gordon, Wilson also came under the spell of rock’s original jam band. “During the late ‘70’s to early ‘80s, I saw the Grateful Dead many a time and it turned my head around,” he recalled. Wilson would later put his jazzy stamp on the Dead’s “Cassidy” on his 2015 release, There Never Was. Here he tackles “Friend of the Devil” in a brisk, Latin flavored reading that has him soaring in lyrical fashion on soprano sax.
Along with covering the Dead, Wilson’s quartet also interprets other pop tunes — The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” Creed’s “My Own Prison,” Ambrosia’s 1980 hit single, “Biggest Part of Me,” and the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” “There are certain pop tunes that I feel like I have a personal relationship with,” he explained. “They just reach out and grab me.”
The set kicks off with Wilson’s earthy original, “Ocean Blue,” a funk-tinged boogaloo that previously appeared on the saxophonist’s 2010 studio album, Spiral. His bold tenor playing in both the low register and altissimo range of his horn resonates with old school authority here as he swaggers and double-times with impunity on his solo. Pianist Reese floats nimbly here, pushing the harmonic fabric of the tune while showcasing incendiary chops and a couple of Herbie Hancock-isms along the way. “We’ve been playing together for a long time, so we know each other pretty well,” said Wilson of his piano partner. “He’s got strong roots in this area and he stayed in this area. I’m lucky to have him.”
Wilson has equally high praise for Monaghan, whose intuitive swing factor fuels this session. “For me, a lot of what’s happening in the music comes from the drums, and Dan is one of the top drummers in Philly right now. He’s more from the bebop tradition and he plays with (Philly tenor sax legend) Larry McKenna, so he’s regarded as more of a swinging type of cat.”
Reese’s deft keyboard work comes to the fore on the quartet’s brisk romp through “Friend of the Devil” and underscores a mellow, lightly swinging take on “Norwegian Wood,” which has Wilson delivering sumptuous tones and flowing lines around the familiar theme and also features a probing bass solo from longtime Dave Liebman sideman Marino, a key contributor on this live date. “For at least every concert type of gig I do, I’ll call Tony first,” said the bandleader, “because he brings out the best in me and the music and also provides a comfort level non-paralleled.”
The quartet next delves into a rollicking rendition of “My Own Prison,” an anthemic tune from the ‘90s post-grunge band from Tallahassee, Creed, before settling into a smooth take on Ambrosia’s 1980 hit single, “Biggest Part Of Me.” Midway through this subdued but hypnotic take, Wilson unleashes some urgent tenor blowing spurred on by Monaghan’s whirlwind approach to the kit.
Wilson delivers full-bodied tenor tones and sinuous lines on his potent Afro-Cuban flavored original, “Movin’ On,” a surging 12/8 vehicle that also has Reese contributing a cascading piano solo. Wilson’s take on his namesake’s “God Only Knows” (the Brian Wilson tune from the Beach Boys’ 1966 classic album, Pet Sounds) is underscored by Monaghan’s loosely swinging pulse and showcases the saxophonist’s soprano work in deep exploratory mode.
Sparks fly on “Untitled Modal Tune,” a kinetic burner that has Reese channeling his inner McCoy Tyner and Wilson wailing with abandon. Previously recorded on the saxophonist’s 2002, album, Through the Times, this live version is the perfect uptempo blowing vehicle to show off both Reese’s and Wilson’s strengths. Monaghan propels this cooker, pushing the soloists to some ecstatic heights before engaging in some fiery exchanges of eights with them. Their rhythmically-charged, Afro-Cuban take on the Gershwin classic, “Summertime,” launches into some exploratory free blowing midway through and also showcases a riveting unaccompanied drum solo from Monaghan.
The set concludes with Wilson’s “Spiral” (also the title track of his 2010 release). A pulsating piece that opens up to some heady excursions by the group, it culminates in some heated exchanges between saxophonist and pianist.
The crackling intensity of One Night at Chris’ is a testament to what can happen on the bandstand on any given night. And this was a particularly good night indeed. — Bill Milkowski

Dave Wilson Bio:

Dave Wilson is a leading jazz saxophonist, recording artist, band leader, composer, and educator in the Central PA/ Delaware Valley area, with a very active venue and festival schedule as both a leader of his own groups and as a sideman. Born and raised in Bronxville, N.Y. Dave Wilson began his music studies in the fourth grade. Wilson has evolved into a striking saxophonist with chops and maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his vocabulary in jazz. He has studied with saxophonists Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Tim Price, Glenn Guidone, Tom Strohman, as well as with guitarist Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. His main area of focus with the saxophone are the Tenor and Soprano, but also focuses on the Alto, and is adept at both Clarinet (his first instrument back in grade school) and Flute and Piccolo.
As the leader of his own contemporary jazz group, the Dave Wilson Quartet, Wilson and his band mates are known for their exciting improvisations, creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson also led the Canal Street Hot 6, a well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble for many years, with the trumpet Ben Mauger, one of the top purveyors of this genre on the East Coast. They released the CD, “Back In the Day". The Canal Street Hot 6 made numerous appearances on the East coast including at the Hot Steam Jazz Festival in Essex, CT, the Suncoast Jazz Society in Clearwater, Fla, The Tri-State Jazz Society (Philadelphia/New Jersey/Delaware), Pennsylvania Jazz Society, and at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Dave remains very active with this genre, and his current Traditional Jazz Group, the Rampart Street Ramblers, often features an all-star lineup including some of the top names in Mid Atlantic Traditional Jazz circles.
Wilson’s was a long standing member of the legendary trumpet master Dave Stahl and played in his Sacred Orchestra and Dave Stahl Big Band. The DSSO released two CD’s which he performed on. With the big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, the late Lou Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey) and John Riley, among others. Dave continues his work in the area of the "Big Band", and currently performs on a regular basis in largely regional ensembles including the River City Big Band, King Street Big Band (KSSB), the Ben Mauger Vintage Jazz Band, and the Hershey Symphony Big Band, the "Kool Kats", as well as hiring out for an occasional "show".
The saxophonist released first solo CD in the Fall of 2020 entitled “Through the Time”, featuring himself on tenor and soprano saxophones; Kirk Reese on piano; Steve Meashey on bass; and Jeff Stabley on drums. The release was picked up by Dreamscape Records and received significant airplay on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, and enjoyed additional airplay on over 30 jazz stations nationwide. “Through the Time” found itself on a few individual stations top 5 stats.
A second CD by the Dave Wilson Quartet titled “My Time” was released in late 2005 on Dreambox Media, a leading Independent record company out of Philadelphia. It garnered favorable reviews nationwide, including such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, All About Jazz, and Jazz Times. It a favorite at WRTI in Philadelphia as well as some 35-40 jazz stations nationwide. It achieved “Chartbound” status, peaking at #55 on the Jazz Week album chart rankings.
Dave Wilson's third recording “Spiral”, featured internationally known personnel, Phil Markowitz on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, and Adam Nussbaum on Drums, was released nationally on the Summit Records label in June 2010. It garnered national airplay from some 40 stations nationwide, achieved “Chartbound” status in the Jazz Weekly countdown, topping at #51 nationwide, (staying in the 50’s for over 8 weeks), as well as #41 in the Roots Radio Report. It received many positive reviews including those in national publications DownBeat (3 1/2 stars) and JazzTimes, along with several other publications.
The New Dave Wilson Quartet released their latest and fourth recording "There Was Never" on the New York based ZOHO Music Label, the street date, Nov 6th, 2015. Recorded at world renowned Red Rock Studios, Saylorsburg, Pa, the fantastic Kent Heckman engineering, it features an all-star lineup of Bobby Avey-Piano, Tony Marino-Bass, Alex Ritz-Drums (members of the Dave Liebman Group), performing six original compositions from saxophonist Dave Wilson plus unique and compelling interpretations of three well-known tunes, (including the classic "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys; "Cassidy", by the Grateful Dead, and a unique take on Gershwin's "Summertime"). Subsequent to the release there were some great performances: CD releases at The Garage in Greenwich Village, NY and Chris' Jazz Cafe, master class/concert s at several Pennsylvania area colleges, appearances at the Bethlehem Musikfest, Washington D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Plaza, the Manassas Jazz Festival, among others. For some two months, the CD received radio airplay in some 40 different markets across the country,and for 6 weeks was in the top 50 of the nation-wide Jazz Weekly Jazz Radio Countdown, reaching a high of #18 in the nation! It was in the Top 11 in Philadelphia's WRTI New Releases, for several weeks, reaching a high of number 5. The track "Cassidy" was #13 in WRTI'S countdown for the top 100 in 2016. There was also a great review in the February issue of famed Downbeat Magazine. There Was Never was put in nomination for a Grammy by ZOHO Music that year; the only record from ZOHO that was nominated. The new recording One Night at Chris’ featuring Dave’s working band of Kirk Reese on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, Dan Monaghan on Drums, is out right now (Street Date: 5/27/2019) and sure to tear up the airwaves and garnish rave reviews!
Dave has performed at the Media, PA “Jazz by Night” festival, The Berk’s Jazz Fest, Harrisburg’s American Music Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge Sponsored "Neighborhood Concert Series", headlining at JazzFest in York, PA, the Manassas (VA) Wine & Jazz Festival, Herndon (VA) Music Festival, Penns Woods Winery Wine and Jazz Festival/"Wine and Jazz Under The Stars", Pittsburgh Cider & Mead Festival, Baltimore's Artscape, Central PA Arts Festival, People’s Choice Art and Music Festival (State College) and the Scranton Jazz Festival among others. Dave also performed in New York City at the Somethin' Jazz Club and The Garage, and has made regular appearances at the famed Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia for several years now. He has also been active in college master classes and concerts.
Wilson has worked with the likes of pianists Mark Soskin, Jim Ridl, Phil Markowitz, Bobby Avey, Steve Rudolph, Kirk Reese, bassists Tony Marino, Blake Meister, and Steve Varner, drummers Adam Nussbaum, Bill Goodwin, Alex Ritz, Frank Russo, Dan Monaghan, and Marko Marcinko, as well as saxophonist Tim Warfield and Philadelphia based guitarist Steve Giordano among others. During his stint with the Dave Stahl big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lou Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey), John Riley, among others.
His All Star concert appearances feature the likes of such nationally and internationally as well as regionally jazz notables as, on piano-Mark Soskin, Jim Ridl, Bobby Avey, Phil Markowitz, Steve Rudolph, Kirk Reese, Fred Hughes; Bass-Tony Marino, Blake Meister, Steve Varner, Frank Gravis; Drums- Adam Nussbaum, Marko Marcinko, Frank Russo, Alex Ritz, Larry Marshall, Butch Reed.
For over twenty years, Dave has kept an active performance schedule logging an average of 150 dates a year with big bands and small ensembles at concerts, festivals, club dates and private engagements. Wilson resides with his wife Lisa in Lancaster, PA. where, when off stage, he teaches woodwinds and also owns and operates Dave Wilson Musical Instruments, a business focusing on the buying and selling of vintage, modern and student brass and woodwind Instruments.


Personnel for the Dave Wilson Quartet "One Night at Chris'":
Dave Wilson - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Kirk Reese - Piano
Tony Marino - Acoustic Bass
Dan Monaghan - Drums


Latest Concert footage on YouTube for the Dave Wilson Quartet:
The Dave Wilson Quartet Featuring Philly great Dan Monaghan on Drums, from the Dave Liebman Band the legendary Tony Marino on Acoustic Bass, plus East Coast great Kirk Reese on Acoustic Piano. Filmed and Recorded live 3/29/2018, at Chris’ Jazz Café, audio professionally synced with video! Located at 1421 Sansom Street in center city, Philadelphia, Chris’ is one of the top venues for jazz in this city of brotherly love! Watch for the Live Album “One Night at Chris’” out right now!

Dave Wilson Quartet official YouTube channel:


2015-2018 Concert/Festival Performances

2018 Brown Bag Concert Series Lancaster (Many years running)
2018 New Holland Summer Arts Festival
2018 Jazz on the Veranda Concert Series, Hershey Hotel, Hershey
2018 People’s Choice Arts and Music Festival (State College)
2018 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (State College)
2018 Harrisburg Arts Festival
2018 Jazz Bridge Real Book Concert Series, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Lebanon 8th Street Music Festival
2015, 2016 Bethlehem Musikfest (PA)
2015 Artscape (Baltimore)
2016, 2017 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (DC) Concert Series
2016, 2017 Manassas (VA) Wine & Jazz Festival
2015, 2016, 2017 Berks Jazz Festival "Jazz On The Avenue"
2015 Moondancer Winery Jazz Festival
2015 People's Choice Festival (PA)
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Lancaster Summer Arts Festival
2015 Harrisburg Independance Day Festival
2015 Harrisburg Kipona Festival
2015, 2016, 2017 Long's Park Arts and Crafts Show and Music Festival, Lancaster, PA.
2015 "Jazz Under the Stars" at the Reading (PA) Museum's Neag Planetarium.
2017, 2018 Olde York Street Fair, York, PA
2013-2017 Summer Jazz Series “On the Veranda” at the Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
2015, 2016 Cherry Lane (City of York) Lunchtime Music series

Other Past Concert/Festival Performances:
2014 Manassas (VA) Wine & Jazz Festival,
2014 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (DC) Concert Series
2014 Hauser Estate Winery Summer Concert Series
2014 Herndon (VA) Music Festival
2013 Penns Woods Winery Wine and Jazz Festival/"Wine and Jazz Under The Stars",
2013 1st Annual Pittsburgh Cider & Mead Festival,
2013 Jazz Bridge Sponsored "Neighborhood Concert Series" at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square (Philadelphia),
2012 Lebanon Jazz Festival,
2012 People’s Choice Festival (State College, PA)
2012, 2014, 2016 Berks Jazz Festival
2011 & 2012 Harrisburg Jazz and Multicultural Music Festival,
2011-2014 Harrisburg Kipona Festival,
2011-2013 Moondancer Winery Jazz Festival,
2013-2014 Reading Museum Planetarium Concert Series "Jazz Under The Stars"
2011 Scranton Jazz Festival,
2009-2013 Olde York Street Fair,
Headlined the 2009 and 2010 York Jazz Fest, (No longer in existence)
2011, 2014 Bethlehem Musikfest (w/ Ben Mauger’s Vintage Jazz Band),
2007 and 2010 Media (PA) 'Jazz by Night' Festival
Long's Park Arts and Crafts Festival (Lancaster), regularly
Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, regularly
Elizabethtown Lunchtime Music series, regularly
Cherry Lane (City of York) Lunchtime Music series, regularly

PA area Clubs (current list):
Hershey Hotel Iberian Lounge (Hershey,PA)
Belvedere (Lancaster Co.)
The Log Cabin (Lancaster Co.)
Pressroom (Lancaster Co.)
Tellus 360 (Lancaster Co.)
Crawdaddy's (Harrisburg)
River City Blues Club (Harrisburg)
Victors (York)
Glen Rock Mill Inn (York)
Tutoni’s (York)
The Bridge Inn (Reading)

Other Notable Club Dates:
New York City: 4 performances at the Something Jazz Club, E. 52nd St, NYC
New York City: The Garage, in Greenwich Village, NYC. 99 7th Ave South, NYC. (CD Release 11/7/2015)
Philadelphia: Regular appearances (2-3 per year) at Chris' Jazz Cafe (CD Release 2/19/2016)
Washington D.C.: Twins Jazz Club, Mr. Henry's, Blackwall Hitch
Delaware Water Gap, Pa: Deerhead Inn

University Performances/Master Classes:
Penn State Dubois (2014)
Anne Arundel CC (2014)
Penn State at Edinboro (2015)
Penn State at Hazelton (2015)
Eastern University (2015)

Clinic videos -


New CD "There Was Never" major reviews:

From Downbeat Magazine, February 2016, Josef Woodard
Dave Wilson Quartet, There Was Never (Zoho 201512; 65:34 +++ 3 stars!) With his fourth album, Dave Wilson, on tenor and soprano saxophones, puts a strong foot forward, backed by a tight and raring-to-go rhythm section of young pianist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz. From the tricky, pulsing energy of the opening “The Time Has Come,” on which the saxophonist brandishes his big tone and easily tumbling facility, to the simple folk theme of “On The Prairie,” There Was Never makes a varied and mostly powerful impact.
Saxophonist Dave Wilson cuts an imposing figure on the cover of There Was Never, his fourth album in total and his first on the Zoho Music imprint. There's intensity fixed on his face, with eyes closed in concentration and embouchure set for attack. And then there's his tenor saxophone. It has a larger than life presence in the photo. This is the picture of a man on a mission, a leader who knows what he wants, a musician who knows how to handle his horn. The music, thankfully, says the exact same thing(s)....Wilson, a fixture on the Pennsylvania jazz scene, has focused on the quartet format with all of his albums—Through The Time (Self Produced, 2002), My Time (DreamBox Media, 2006), Spiral (Summit Records, 2010), and this engrossing date. But that doesn't mean he's settled on a formula. Quite the contrary, in fact. Wilson is still working things out, trying new things, and altering lineups. He's finding different ways to explore the most familiar of formats and he sounds great doing it. Here, he teams with rising star pianist Bobby Avey, a bold adventurer who dissects harmonies and grooves in unexpected ways; drummer Alex Ritz, a firm yet malleable presence behind the kit; and Tony Marino, a ballasting bassist who happens to be the only holdover from Wilson's previous outing. They make for a strong grouping, a bit more unpredictable and restless than the band that appeared on Spiral....These are protean players who take joy in stretching an idea, but they never completely upend the music. They create squalls and then weather them together...simply further the notion that Dave Wilson is anything but set in his ways. There Was Never is as complete a musical statement as you can come by these days. Dull moments seem to be the only thing missing from this package.

The Dave Wilson Quartet's CD release 'Spiral' was Top 55 "Chartbound" on Jazz Weekly for 5 weeks in 2010. It received incredible reviews in publications such as Downbeat Magazine and Jazz Times.

From Downbeat Magazine (3 and 1/2 stars):
“With a crack band in pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and Adam Nussbaum on drums, saxophonist Dave Wilson knows how to pick them and the music...sparked by Wilson's edgy yet loose tenor playing along with vivid comping and soloing by Markowitz, sold support from Marino and sensitive yet fiery playing from the always reliable Nussbaum...indicates a band comfort level both wide and deep.”

From Jazz Times:
"With stellar support from Pianist Phil Markowitz, Bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Adam Nussbaum, Pennsylvania-based saxophonist-educator Dave Wilson elevates his game and blows with authority on this collection of originals and smartly plucked covers. From the aggressive title track (with Wilson channeling his inner Trane on tenor) to the soothing bossa nova “Ocean Blue”, the expansive modal number “Movin’ On” and an intriguing variation on Scott LaFaro’s “Gloria’s Step” (titled “Like GS Step 2”) the saxophonist showcases a bold sound, fertile ideas, and fluid lines."



to write a review

Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Colorful shading & distinctive twists in a very pleasant set of jazz
Bands occasionally have a terrible night or encounter the dreaded “gig from hell.” On the other hand, well-rehearsed groups also have exceptional nights when everything clicks. The Dave Wilson Quartet experienced the latter when they played Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia in March 2018. Emphasizing saxophone, the group’s fifth album captures the evening’s energy and excitement with four Wilson originals and six jazzy arrangements of pop rock classics. Between the opening and closing tracks of Wilson’s “Ocean Blues” and “Spiral” are engaging, tastefully-rendered interpretations of favorites like Jerry Garcia’s “Friend of the Devil,” McCartney and Lennon’s Norwegian Wood” and Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows.” Don’t expect anything like Grateful Dead, Beatles or Beach Boys versions, however. The quartet takes an adventurous journey through an 11-minute exploration of Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Wilson’s “Untitled Modal Tune” is bright, spirited, even frenetic at times, on its way to yielding bountiful rewards. Tony Marino (bass) and Dan Monaghan (drums) lay down the solid rhythm, with a few solos. While the quartet really spotlights Dave Wilson’s sax, he and Kirk Reese (piano) trade lyrical improvised expressions, with colorful shading and distinctive twists, in this quartet’s very pleasant set of jazz. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)