Monday, 22 February 2010
Gini Wilson, known as The Duchess, is legendary in the Bay area as a brilliant jazz pianist, entertainer, and composer. In concerts and interviews she is also noted for her irreverent sense of humor . She is the Director and, with reedman Steve Heckman, the co-founder of The San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet.
When not performing at concerts and festivals with the group, Gini performs regularly at well-known Bay area clubs such as Kuumbwa, Jazz at Pearls, and many jazz clubs in San Francisco. She has done many television and radio projects and was a regular on the NPR radio show “West Coast Live”. She has been the Music Director for many clubs and musical projects in the Bay Area. She studied classical piano (M. Music) and studied composition with the American master George Crumb before dedicating herself primarily to jazz.
Gini Wilson is well known as the Director and Co- Founder of the San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet. Now she has released an album of solo piano jazz containing the same elements as the SFCJQ: technical virtuosity and poignant lyricism.
Review of The Crossing Point :
“Wilson is a highly trained musician who is informed by the best elements of classical music and jazz. Emotion-drenched chord progressions,... and effortlessly floating harmonies are just a few of the tools she employs to convey her deeply personal musical statements. Wilson's precise execution sounds nothing short of regal …”
- Ken Hohman, All About Jazz.
Best of the Vintage contains gorgeous arrangements of some well-loved jazz standards, two bossa novas by the famed composer Amandio Cabral, two pop songs and some emotionally moving originals by Gini Wilson.