Glenn and Rory will be performing Sunday, April 16, at 3:00 PM
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Glenn Wilson has been a professional jazz saxophonist for 50 years. After completing his undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University in 1977, Glenn moved to New York City, where he worked and recorded with The Buddy Rich Band, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Tito Puente, Machito, Bill Kirchner Nonet, 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, releasing four CDs with them - Elusive, 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. His latest recording, Sadness and Soul, with pianist Chip Stephens, has been highly-reviewed.
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.
From 1991-2001 Glenn was an active member of the jazz community in Virginia, Washington DC, and Baltimore. He performed numerous times at The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley Jazz Club. In 1993 he 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.
Wilson's non-profit, Further Jazz, Inc. produces jazz events in Illinois and beyond and is dedicated to fostering, promoting and advancing greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of jazz music.
Rory Stuart has performed as leader or co-leader in groups with artists such as George Garzone, Billy Harper, John Ellis, Jaleel Shaw, Robert Glasper, Marc Copland, Kevin Hayes, Jason Lindner, Cecil Bridgewater, Jack Walrath, Sheila Jordan, Reggie Workman, Francois Moutin, Brandon Owens, John Lockwood, Doug Weiss, Obed Calvaire, and many, many more.
A recent trio featured Rajna Swaminathan on mridangam (a two-headed drum played in the Karnatak music of southern India), and Francesco Geminiani on saxophone. In 2016, he performed with Greg Osby, Dave Douglas, Mark Soskin, Matt Penman, and Greg Hutchinson as part of the NYJazzMasters.
As a sideman, he has worked with a wide variety of jazz artists, including Charlie Rouse, Steve Nelson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Coryell, Bill Saxton, and the Keith Copeland Coalition with John Stubblefield and Joe Locke.
Rory also teaches at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, where he designed and teaches the advanced rhythm curriculum. He has led the rhythm area at New School since 1992, and recently received the Recognition of Teaching Excellence Award, the school's highest honor to faculty.