Robert Sage Wilber, 15 March 1928, New York City, New York, USA. After studying clarinet as a child, Wilber began leading his own band and while still a teenager became a student of Sidney Bechet. He recorded with Bechet, grew adept on the soprano saxophone, and was clearly at home in a traditional jazz setting. Nevertheless, Wilbers avid desire to expand his knowledge and expertise led him to further studies under Lennie Tristano. A mid-50s band Wilber led blended traditional with modern concepts in jazz and, perhaps predictably, fell between the two audiences for such music. During the late 50s and on through the 60s, Wilber played and recorded with distinguished leaders, such as Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Eddie Condon. At the close of the 60s (at this time also playing alto saxophone), he became one of the original members of the Worlds Greatest Jazz Band. In the early 70s, he teamed up with Kenny Davern to form Soprano...
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