Dot Wilder Live from the Warehouse
Dot Wilder is well known to Northeast Florida jazz fans. Her innovative sound and unique phrasings twice earned Downbeat Magazine's Student Award for 'Outstanding Performance of a Jazz Vocalist', not to mention a devoted following among Jacksonville, Florida's jazz aficionados. Wilder's performances showcase her diverse influences, expressive nature and an impressive set of pipes.' (Digital City AOL) Whether in her inspired renditions of jazz standards in which Dot makes them fresh and new again by her charismatic performing style and using her voice like an instrument, or her own original material, Wilder's voice is a sultry mix of the past vocal legends that she holds so dear. A summa cum laude Jazz Studies 1998 graduate of the acclaimed University of North Florida Jazz School, dir. Bunky Green, Wilder has been heard at the Florida Theater, Sea Walk Pavilion, Jacksonville Landing, World Golf Village, Jazz Corner in Hilton Head,S.C.,Savannah Grande in Gainesville, Fla., St. Simons' Lighhouse in St. Simons, Ga., the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, 2000 & 2004 & the Guantanamo, Cuba, Jazz Festival, 2003. Her debut album, 'Dot Wilder, Live from the Warehouse',1999, has been given airplay (grassroots) from Miami, Florida-Washington, D.C.-Eugene, Oregon-San Jose, Calif.-Bogota, Columbia- Adelaide, Australia and in-between. Wilder performs at times with her favorite Northeast Florida group which consists of Kevin Bales, piano, Ricky Ravelo, upright bass & Peter Miles, drums and sometimes, John Ricci, tenor saxophone. To conclude, Norm Vickers of the Jazz Society of Pensacola states that 'Dot, an outstanding vocalist, can sing a jazz standard and improvise a jazz chorus like the best instrumentalist.' Jazz musicians on the 'Dot Wilder, Live at the Warehouse' CD: Roy Dunlap - piano (all takes) Dan Nicholson - tenor & alto Saxophone (all takes but Prelude to a Kiss & Just Squeeze Me) Marcus Parsley - trumpet (Libra & Just Squeeze Me, only) Eric Riehm - tenor saxophone (Prelude to a Kiss, only) Jeff Hanley - upright bass Ken Tackett - drums.