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Wild, David (Anthony)

Wild, David (Anthony), pianist, author, discographer; b. New York City, NY, 6 June 1947. My father, an Army officer, was recalled to active duty in 1951 and we moved a number of times in the ensuing 15 years (Germany, upstate New York, Georgia).  I studied piano off and on during as a child, and became interested in jazz piano during my high school years, in Indianapolis.  We moved to Honolulu in 1965, where I attended the University of Hawaii (English major, music minor).  I formed my first trio, with my brother Ken on bass, in 1966, and began working professionally in military clubs and around Honolulu.  I studied jazz piano with Ernie Washington, Honolulu, 1967-1969, and classical piano with Peter Coraggio, in the U H Department of Music, 1968-1970.  In 1970 I accompanied singer Linda Ryan in an extended engagement at the Cavalier Restaurant in Honolulu.

After graduating in 1970, I spent two years on active duty in the Army at Fort Ord CA, where I played piano in ensembles at Monterrey Peninsula College (under Dan Haerle and Don Schamber) and in the Monterrey area.  I began doubling soprano saxophone while in the Army.  I separated from active duty in August 1972, returning to Honolulu, where I joined singer Jimmy Borges as his musical director at J.B.'s Restaurant, Honolulu, from fall1972 through the summer of 1973, in a "jazz singer plus trio" format six nights a week.  Singer Ethel Azama later joined the group.  I contributed several arrangements to the "book"; ancillary performances included benefit concerts and appearances on local television shows.  I led an eight-piece group at the third annual Diamondhead Crater Festival, New Year's Day 1973, and performed with several rehearsal jazz orchestras in the area, and with the University of Hawaii jazz ensemble. 

I moved with my new wife to her home in Michigan in the summer of 1973, settling in the Ann Arbor area, where we remained until 1987.  I obtained employment at Eastern Michigan University, and was later hired by the Veterans Administration as an on-campus representative.  I began freelancing in the area almost immediately.  I formed the Wildband, a five-piece fusion group, which performed from 1975-1977 in various concerts and performances.  I performed as a duo with guitarist Marty Stiglich, 1977-1978 and recorded a series of solos and overdubbed duets (piano/saxophone) for broadcast on Eastern Michigan University's WEMU (1977).  From 1975 through 1977 I attended Eastern Michigan University, completing a masters in English in 1977.  I also studied classical piano with Daniel Eller and later Walter Goldschmidt, Eastern Michigan University Department of Music, 1975-1977.

I later led the Dave Wild Trio/Quartet, 1978-87, in a wide variety of performance situations, including concerts under the auspices of the student-run University of Michigan Eclipse Jazz organization, in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Art Fair, at other area colleges, and in various clubs (including regular Sunday night appearances at the 'Bird of  Paradise', 1985 - 1987).  My trio later joined singer Patty O'Connor ("jazz singer plus trio" format) in performances at various area venues, and in the Michigan Bean Company restaurant, Fenton MI, 1985 - 1987.  I also performed with several rehearsal orchestras and with the Eastern MichiganUniversity jazz ensemble (on saxophone). 

In 1987 we relocated to Los Angeles, where I freelanced and led the Dave Wild Quartet in several performances in the Santa Clarita area (north Los Angeles county).  In 1991 we moved to San Juan Puerto Rico, where I performed as a pianist in a wide variety of jazz and commercial engagements.  I also led the Dave Wild Trio in a wide variety of performances, including regular Friday performances at the 'Cafe San Juan Bistro' in Old San Juan, and performed regularly with singer Jenny Gomez ("jazz singer plus trio" format) in the San Juan area, in clubs and in concerts.

In 1994 we moved to Waco Texas, my current residence.  I continued to freelance as a pianist in a wide variety of jazz and commercial engagements, in Waco, Temple, Killeen and Austin.  The Dave Wild Trio/Quartet has performed in a wide variety of venues, including concerts, clubs and private parties.  The Trio was included in a broadcast by the Texas Music Cafe on PBS in 1998; the Quartet performed as part of a five-concert jazz series at the Texas Playhouse in Waco in 1999 (which I organized).  I joined the professional Temple Jazz Orchestra in 1996 as a pianist, and also perform with the Waco Jazz Orchestra and other ensembles.  I played solo piano at 'Six Shooter Junction' in Waco, 1997 - March 2000, and at the "Adriatic Italian Ristorante' in Woodway TX during 2002.  I am also pianist-arranger for Elephants Gerald, a ten-piece "big band rock" style ensemble (two vocalists, four horns, four rhythm).  I continue to write for publications such as down beat, Coda, and Signal to Noise, and have provided liner notes for a number of releases by Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Oscar Peterson and others.

The Temple Jazz Orchestra: Soft Lights, Sweet Music Live! (2000); Wild Sides (2003); Bill Watrous: Live with The Temple Jazz Orchestra (2004)

The Recordings of John Coltrane: A Discography (1977, 1979; monograph)
Ornette Coleman 1958-1979: A Discography (1980, with Michael Cuscuna)

"Prelude" (Short Story) Hawaii Review Spring 1974

Regular reviews, columns, etc., Coda Magazine (Toronto Ontario), 1974 - 1986, 2000-present
Regular reviews, columns, etc. Cadence Magazine  (Redwood NY), 1983 - 1991
Regular reviews, columns, etc. down beat (Chicago IL) 1975-1987, 2000-present
Regular reviews and articles, Signal To Noise (Boston MA)     2000 - present
Contributions to various other jazz magazines.
Liner notes (essays) for six record albums on ABC-Impulse            label by John Coltrane (1977-1984) and for compact disc reissues on GRP-Impulse label (1991-present), Capitol Bluenote (1997), and CIMP (1999), by Coltrane and other artists
Contributor (28 short articles) to Grove Dictionary of Jazz (1989)
Contributor (music transcription and research) to Ornette Coleman, the harmolodic life by John Litweiler (1992)
Contributor (major article) to the anthology The John Coltrane Companion, edited by Carl Woideck (1998)
"In the Mood for Moody" (article/interview) Jazzine (magazine of the San Jose Jazz Festival), August 2004

Contact Information:
David Wild
PO Box 8514
Waco TX 76714

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