Dan Willis, one of New York City’s most active and versatile woodwind specialists, performs regularly across a wide spectrum of music from Jazz to New Music. He is the newest member of the multi media ensemble ‘VIA’ (Vision Into Art) and is featured on their latest recording “Traveling Songs” playing Saxes, Oboes, Duduk (traditional Armenian folk double-reed instruments) and the EWI (electronic wind instrument). Dan was also a featured performer on the Dukuk and the Zurna, at the New York premiere of “Strophes,” a work composed by Yakov Koslov. Dan is also a member of The Gotham Wind Symphony Dan and also been a regular addition to the N.Y Pops and N.Y. Philharmonic. All of these endeavors attest to the rich vocabulary within Dan’s musical language.
“Perhaps most importantly, Dan Willis is a great composer,” (Paul Olson, allaboutjazz.com)
Jack DeSalvo, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, joined Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society in the 1980s and has toured the world with many artists in his own musical-spiritual journey. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, DeSalvo also studied classical guitar and composition before taking private tutelage with Bill Connors. His pianistic, wholistic approach to performance practice on guitar led to committed doubling on such instruments as cello, alto guitar and various members of the ukulele, mandolin and banjo family. DeSalvo’s credits beyond Ronald Shannon Jackson include Peter Brotzmann, Karl Berger, Chris Kelsey, Vic Juris, Tony Malaby, Pat Hall, D3 and many more.
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“I consider myself a musical linguist, as I love playing numerous styles on both drums and percussion . BFA – classical percussion from S.U.N.Y. at Purchase .
I’ve performed with Aretha Franklin, Little Anthony and the imperials , The Crystals. Shields and Yarnell , Jerry vale , The Washington Ballet , The Roy Merriwether Trio with bassists Harvey S , Santi Dibriani , Greg Jones , Leon Dorsey , Jeff Carney , Banjo vertuoso Tony Trishka , The Mandala Octet with John Medeski , Michelle Shocked , Darren Williams , The Peter Lewis Band with Hiram Bullock and Mathew Garrison , Cidiniho , and Ana Lu.The Sambanditos w/kenwood Dennard and Amir Ziv, Jingles with Mitch Stein , Josh Heinemann for Omni Music, Wits end productions-Circuit City , PBS , Fuse TV , CBS Sports , Outdoor Living channel . Sessions with They might be giants .On Broadway With Addams Family , Next to normal , In The Heights , Jersey Boys , Tale of 2 cities , Les Miz , Pirate queen, The Color Purple, The Grinch , Fiddler on the Roof , Gypsy, Imaginary friends , Chefs Theater , Flower Drum Song, Suessical , Cats , Saturday Night Fever. Off Broadway – Zanna Don’t , Feeling electric , prominade , Nunsense
Teaching – private instruction, Master classes , The modern drummer festival with kenwood Denard’s MRO ensemble , Sam Ashe day of percussion . Kids Outreach Workshops for Urban stages . Adjunct percussion staff at The New School jazz studies department , NYC I am a Paiste Cymbals , Vater Sticks , Remo Drum head , Etymotic research in ear monitors , DW drums and hardware artist.”