Phil Wilson

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Phillips Elder Wilson, 19 January 1937, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA. Wilson began taking piano lessons at the age of four but it was two years before a piano teacher discovered that he was dyslexic. Until then, the boy had been playing almost completely by ear. The teacher recommended switching to an instrument that did not require the ability to read dense notation. It was then that Wilson began playing trombone. Very soon, he had achieved a standard that allowed him to sit in with local bands. In the meantime, he had advanced sufficiently in his musical education to write arrangements, something he had started doing at the age of nine. In the 50s he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and spent two years on the road with Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra. In 1960, Wilson was drafted and became a member of the band of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) and also studied at the Navy School of Music. After completing his military...

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