uArts Summer in the City Event
Music has been an integral part of Dan Wilson's life since his beginnings in gospel music. Dan's sound draws inspiration from jazz guitar legends Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Russell Malone, and Grant Green, as well as their Brazilian counterparts Antonio Carlos Jobim and Jono Bosco.
After studying bass and guitar with his father and other fellow gospel artists, Dan went on to earn a degree in Music and Liberal Arts at Hiram College. His passion for learning took him to Rio de Janeiro, where he explored the traditional sounds of Brazil.
Upon hearing a Wes Montgomery record in a relative's basement, Dan decided to pursue a a career as a musician. Since then, he has spent more than a decade honing his craft. Dan received his Bachelor's Degree in Music & Liberal Studies from Hiram College in 2006. His passion for Brazilian music led him to the city of Rio De Janeiro in 2007 to conduct research for his Masters Thesis which he defended successfully at Youngstown State University in 2009.
Dan has had the privilege of touring Russia with Eric Marienthal and Germany with the Golden Gospel Singers in the winter of 2011. Dan also teaches jazz guitar and improvisation at Cuyahoga Community College and plays at various local venues. Be sure to watch for the release of his debut album, To Whom It May Concern in the spring of 2012.