Phil Wilson

Jazz legend Phil Wilson has toured the world, teaching, playing in clubs, and performing concerts, since 1965. He has sixteen recordings under his name.  From 1962-65, he was one of the primary soloists in Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, which during that time produced five recordings. He played with Louis Armstrong at the 1964 Grammy Awards. Phil was an arranger and composer for Buddy Rich and European Radio Big Bands. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his arrangement of “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” as recorded by Buddy Rich. The recording became the last big band recording to hit Billboard’s top forty. The City of Boston proclaimed December 9th, 1995 Phil Wilson Day, recognizing his contributions to jazz education. To celebrate, the Berklee College of Music presented a concert, “The International Dues Band Reunion,” bringing back many notable musicians. Phil just completed his fifty-first year of teaching at Berklee, where he ran The Rainbow Big Band (formerly The Dues Band) for 50 years.