Dale Wilson has composed and arranged music for a variety of media, including large and small jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, full orchestra, string orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz chorus, Chinese instrumental ensemble, and various pop/rock ensembles. His original compositions have been performed at New York’s Merkin Hall, The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Garage (NYC), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), the International Association of Jazz Educator’s (IAJE) Annual Conference, American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Annual Conference, the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Annual Conference, and numerous other venues in the United States and Europe.
Recent projects include a fifty-minute suite for jazz orchestra, Tall Tales of Jasper County: The Double Doubles Suite (2013), commissioned by the NDR Bigband (Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra) for NDR soloists Fiete Felsch and Lutz Büchner, and featuring special guest drummer Gary Husband. Otherensembles performing Wilson’s music include the New York BMI Jazz Orchestra, The New York Nine, The Jazz Ambassadors, the Double Reed Choir of Hell’s Kitchen, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Mats Holmquist Big Bad Band (Stockholm), the Laurel Quartet, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Wind Orchestra, and the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble I, as well as groups under his own artistic direction.
Wilson won the Gil Evans Fellowship Competition, an international jazz composition competition sponsored by the International Association of Jazz Educators, the Herb Albert Jazz Endowment Fund, and Meet the Composer, and has additionally received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Composition Fellowship. His recording label credits include Mark Records, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Silver Burdett Ginn, Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG), CBS/Sony (Hong Kong), WEA (Asia), Capital (Hong Kong), and many others. Wilson was a consultant for the soundtrack recording of Disney’s Mulan Jr., Disney’s theatrical adaptation of the feature film, Mulan.
Although writing extensively in the jazz idiom, Wilson’s work also boldly crosses stylistic boundaries. As arranger and musical director, he conducted iconic Hong Kong artist Roman Tam’s final studio recording, Shanghai New York (EEG). Arrangements and orchestrations for two major children’s music series, Spotlight on Music (Macmillian/McGraw-Hill and Making Music(Silver Burdett Ginn) feature music for orchestra and children’s voices in diverse idioms as jazz, gospel, classical concert music, Asian folk music, and African highlife. Further, his eclecticism is evident in works for wind orchestra and jazz ensemble such as What Was That Song? (featuring Stefan Karlson), Piece for Jazz Clarinet and Wind Orchestra (featuring Ken Peplowski), and The Hills are Singing, an extended piece for oboe, oboe d’amore, English horn, heckelphone, two bassoons, contrabassoon, contrabass, vibraphone, and percussion (drummer Grisha Alexiev). Wilson is among the original composers for The New York Nine, the renowned jazz nonet co-founded by John Eckert, Eliot Zigmund, and Bobby Porcelli).