Highly regarded as a musician's musician, Steve Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings and ensembles led by such celebrated artists as Chick Corea, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Karrin Allyson, and Don Byron among many others.
Arriving in New York in 1987 Wilson quickly became first-call choice for veteran and emerging artists alike, prompting a New York Times profile "A Sideman's Life". Since 1997 he has been regularly cited in the Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls in the soprano and alto saxophone categories. In 2008 the Jazz Journalists Association nominated him for Soprano Sax Player of the Year and in 2010 for Alto Sax Player of the Year.
Wilson is a respected leader of two acclaimed ensembles––Steve Wilson Quartet and Wilsonian’s Grain––and he is one-half of two dynamic duos, with drummer Lewis Nash, and also with pianist Bruce Barth as documented on their recent recording “Home” on the We Always Swing label. Wilson has seven recordings under his own name, leading and collaborating with such stellar artists as Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Rene Marie Ray Drummond, Cyrus Chestnut, Greg Hutchinson, and Ben Riley.
A respected and passionate educator Wilson serves on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, and has been artist in residence at institutions such as University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Manitoba, University of Maryland-College Park, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He conducts clinics and master classes around the world.