Downbeat Article (March, 2017)

Live at the Cloverdale Arts Alliance

Group Therapy (2011)

Downbeat Article (October, 2016)

Good Music (2018)

Ray Charles “Some Enchanted Evening”

David Bowie “Black Tie White Noise”

Martika “Martika’s Kitchen”

Musician! (2013)

Downbeat Feature (September, 2018)

Downbeat Article (March, 2018)

Press for Advanced Sax (2000)

And Then Some (1997)

I Wish You Love

With Joan Baez on the Today Show, 1990

Interview (April, 2017)

Downbeat Article (August, 2014)

Get Together

Back in the Mix (2012)

Private Lessons, Clinics, Schools, and Music Therapy

Downbeat Article (October, 2015)

21st CENTURY BLUES

If Only You Knew (2010)

SLICKAPHONICS IN FRANCE (1983)

Miscellaneous Tracks

Made in Portland (2015)

Article for The Instrumentalist

Saxophone Journal Feature (2011)

Kenai

David Bowie to Broadway: Dan Wilensky back in Berkeley

Downbeat article (March, 2013)

Get Together

Get Together is a track from my 2018 release, GOOD MUSIC  featuring Dan Balmer (guitars), Dave Captein (bass), Jason Palmer (drums), and yours truly (saxophones).  I’ve loved this song ever since I heard my brothers strumming their Martins and singing it with gusto back in 60s. The Youngblood’s version ain’t too shabby either! The song’s plea for love and understanding is at least as relevant today as it was then.

Good Music (2018)

Featuring Dan Balmer, Dave Captein and Jason Palmer “There are only two kinds of music. Good music and the other kind."  – Duke Ellington. It’s a phrase I’ve heard my whole life.  Early on, I realized that it doesn’t really matter what style of music you play; it’s who you’re playing with, and whether you’re achieving that ... Continue Reading

Made in Portland (2015)

4 STARS IN DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE! FEATURED ON DOWNBEAT'S BEST ALBUMS OF 2015 LIST!  Start with three of Portland’s leading ladies – Rebecca Kilgore, Anandi Gefroh, and Laura Cunard, – add eight first-class musicians, including Dan Balmer, Michael Raynor, Dan Gaynor, John Moak, and Israel Annoh, and you’ve got a sublime sonic affair. Wil... Continue Reading

Musician! (2013)

This is a book for all musicians, and anyone who loves music. It includes music history, philosophy, assorted tricks of the trade, proactive advice for the downtrodden, and wild tales from the trenches. Here's what the readers and critics are saying: "Excellent perspective for any successful career." "As inspirational as it is practica... Continue Reading

Back in the Mix (2012)

Dan Wilensky’s Back In The Mix features Mark Soskin (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Tony Moreno (drums), and special guest Russ Johnson (trumpet) in a musical tour-de-force. "Brilliant." –Midwest Record (February, 2012) Wilensky’s 4th recording as a leader includes new arrangements of Cole Porter’s “Falling In Love With Love,” ... Continue Reading

Group Therapy (2011)

Group Therapy features guitarist David Phelps, bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Tony Moreno, and Wilensky on tenor saxophone. This project celebrates several gifts we often take for granted: spontaneous collective improvisation; harmony in discord; the moment. ". . . uncanny group empathy." –Jazz Times (October, 2011) It's a pleasure to hear ... Continue Reading

If Only You Knew (2010)

Dan Wilensky's 2010 release, If You Only Knew, features pianist Bob Himmelberger (Charlie Rouse, Nelson Riddle), bassist Dean Johnson (Gerry Mulligan, Bill Frisell), and drummer Scott Neumann (Dave Liebman, Maria Schneider). The CD includes 9 original compositions by Wilensky, plus new versions of "Tea For Two," and Horace Silver's "Peace." "... Continue Reading

And Then Some (1997)

And Then Some is a warm, soulful, left-of-center combo platter of instrumental funk, blues, and jazz starring Wilensky and 20 of New York's first-call musicians; not your average bear. Dan Wilensky's debut CD, And Then Some, was released in 1997, but sounds truly fresh. It features 17 original instrumentals, recorded and mixed in New York's ... Continue Reading

Miscellaneous Tracks

Here’s music from various recording sessions I did – some very well-known, others obscure. Enjoy!... Continue Reading

Private Lessons, Clinics, Schools, and Music Therapy

Mr. Wilensky offers private lessons in saxophone, flute, piano, theory and composition. All ages and levels are welcome; over 30 years of experience; local references available. Learn how to read, improvise, compose and play all styles of music. Mr. Wilensky also offers music therapy for mentally and/or physically challenged students, conducts ... Continue Reading