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dave wild trio.gifAuthor/pianist Dave Wild has played jazz for decades, with those mostly anonymous local heroes who keep the flame burning out beyond the big city limits. There have been Dave Wild Trios in various locales over the years, backing Jimmy Borges and Ethel Azama at J.B.'s in Honolulu, doing Sundays at Ann Arbor's Bird of Paradise, squeezed beside the kitchen at the Café San Juan Bistro in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico. In performance the quartet mines the idiom's riches, from the classics of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans through today's acoustic masterpieces, with a distinctive approach shaped by Wild's arrangements and many original compositions.

Dave's background is set out on the About Dave page. He’s active in various contexts in Central Texas. Besides leading his own trio/quartet, he’s a regular member of the group led by Byron Swann (SJQ) , among others. He’s currently a member of the Waco Jazz Orchestra and the Temple Jazz Orchestra, and an active freelance musician. For many years, Dave also handled keyboard and arranging duties for the eclectic ensemble The Elephants.

The trio (and quartet) has performed in Waco at Six Shooter Junction and Barry's Coffee Company, in Temple at Barry's Coffee House, and at Austin's Elephant Room. They were featured in a Texas Music Café broadcast in October 1998 and as part of the Jazz at the Playhouse series in March 1999. The foursome played at Waco's Hemingway's Watering Hole before it moved to its current location in The Marketplace on Bosque, and several times in the courtyard outside the current club. A special edition of the quartet, with ringers Eric Marienthal on alto sax, Ken Wild on bass, and Jeremy Brown on drums played The Elephant Room in Austin in March, 2004. The trio was a regular Friday feature at the Elite Circle Grille from 2005 through 2008, played the Waco Arts Festival and The Cameron Park Centennial Celebration’s ‘Jazz in the Park’, and more recently has been heard at Waco's Hotel Indigo and Valley Milles Vineyard. The quartet has performed at the Palladium, the Brazos Nights summer concert series, Woodway’s Midsummer Nights concert series, and (as a quintet) in Jazzin’ at the Zoo at the Cameron Park Zoo. Dave and Ken, aka The Wild Brothers, have played The Elephant Room in Austin and Vitello's Upstairs in Los Angeles.

Wild’s CD Wild Sides features two different groups.  The bulk of the music was recorded in two trio sessions in '96 and '97, and a quartet session in October 2002, all at Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys CA under engineer Gary Denton.  The rhythm section for all three sessions comprises  brother Ken Wild on bass and master drummer Ralph Humphrey on drums.   Ken, best known as the bassist in the fusion group Seawind, has been based in LA since the late seventies, working the studios, as a bassist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and performing in every conceivable context, including jazz performances with performers such as James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Eliane Elias, Doug Cameron, Emil Richards, Toshiko Akiyoshi and a host of others.  He was the bassist with Natalie Cole from 2002 to 2004.   (Ken is also the CD's producer).   Ralph's extensive credentials include tours with the original Don Ellis Band and Frank Zappa, as well as performances with (among many others) John Klemmer, Clare Fischer, Tony Bennett, and Toshiko Akiyoshi's band.  For the quartet date Wild added saxophonist Larry Williams, another alumni of Seawind with extensive credits, currently touring with Al Jarreau.

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Additional music for the project came from the 1998 Trio performance for the locally produced PBS music program The All-You-Can-Eat Texas Music Café. The TMC crew captured the trio (Wild, Horton on both guitar and bass, and Burleson on drums and congas) on-stage at Waco's Six Shooter Junction as they explored nine Wild originals. "Flame" from that performance aired on TMC in October 1998.

Wild has also been contributing arrangements to the Temple Jazz Orchestra, which was also caught live by TMC in a concert at Midway High School in November 1998. The TJO’s performance of Wild’s Hip Socket from that concert was broadcast on May 22, 1999, and a later version from a spring 2000 TJO concert was included in TJO's first CD, Soft Lights and Sweet Music LIVE!.   Both Wilds can be heard on the second TJO CD, Bill Watrous with the Temple Jazz Orchestra, from a live concert in 2003, and two of Dave's charts were featured in  TJO’s This Is TJO (2006).

Dave also freelances regularly around Waco, most recently in a regular Wednesday solo gig at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Waco, and in a duo with trumpeter Tim Cates at Hewitt’s Uncorked and Waco's Legacy Cafe.  

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