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Anthony Jay Wilson, 9 May 1968, USA. The son of trumpeter-arranger-big band leader Gerald Wilson, he took up guitar as a young child. Partly self-taught, he studied for a while as a youngster and later at Tanglewood Music Centre and Bennington College. He played with bands led by his father, Harold Land and others, and also worked in pop music. In the 90s he worked as sideman and leader. Influenced by his father, he also developed an interest in composing and arranging and for a while studied with Gil Evans. His composition, Karaoke, won an award in the 1995 Thelonious Monk Institute competition. Wilsons albums, using medium and large bands, are as much showcases for his writing talents as they are for his skills as an instrumentalist. It is this aspect of his work that appears to signpost his future direction. Also, as Wilson declared to DownBeat magazine in 1999, he was eager to present himself to audiences through his own music rather than...