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|Decades:||1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Joseph Benjamin Wilder, 22 February 1922, Colwyn, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying music in his home-town, Wilder joined the trumpet section of the Les Hite band in his late teens. From Hite he graduated to the Lionel Hampton band and, before the 40s were over, had played with leaders such as Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder and Sam Donahue. In the 50s he mostly worked in theatre bands but spent several months with Count Basie, and by the end of the decade had embarked upon a long stint as a staff musician in US radio and television studios. During this period, which extended into the early 70s, he found time to play with Benny Goodman on a tour of the Soviet Union. Later in the 70s and throughout the 80s he continued to play in studio orchestras, making occasional recordings, including a fine set with Benny Carter. In the 90s he returned as a leader and recorded two albums for Evening Star. A top-rank lead trumpeter, Wilders technical...