Glenn WilsonVisiting Lecturer in Music
B.M.E., Youngstown State University; M.M in Jazz Performance, University of Illinois
Glenn has been a professional jazz saxophonist for over 35 years and is excited to share his experience and knowledge with the students here at U of I and especially honored to be associated with the stellar jazz faculty here. After completing his undergraduate degree in 1977, Glenn moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Buddy Rich Band, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Tito Puente, Machito, The Bill Kirchner Nonet, The Bob Belden Ensemble and scores of other jazz and latin-jazz groups. Glenn recorded his first CD as a leader, the highly-reviewed Impasse in 1984 for Cadence Records. In 1988, Glenn began his association with Sunnyside Records with the release of Elusive. Three more CDs with Sunnyside, Bittersweet, Blue Porpoise Avenue and One Man’s Blues as well as a recording for Timeless Records, Lee’s Keys Please followed in the next decade. Glenn also appeared on over 25 jazz recordings as a sideman during this time. Glenn’s CDs are featured in the Penguin Guide of Jazz and The Grammophone Guide to Good Jazz and he has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and has been featured in the DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll in the Baritone Saxophone category.
From 1991-2001 Glenn lived in Richmond VA, where he became an active member of the jazz community in VA, Washington DC and Baltimore. He performed numerous times at The Kennedy Center in DC and Blues Alley Jazz Club. In 1993 Glenn recorded with pianist Bruce Hornsby on Harbor Lights and joined Bruce’s band. With Bruce, he was featured on VH1 Center Stage, Austin City Limits and Arsenio Hall, and received a gold record for his playing and arrangements on Harbor Lights. Glenn’s latest recording, Devil’s Hopyard, features the group TromBari with trombonist Jim Pugh. Glenn leads an active touring schedule performing in clinics, concerts and clubs around the world. Glenn resides in Normal, IL where his wife, Janet, is director of the School of Theatre at Illinois State University.