Bob Wilber at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the late 1970s
|Birth name||Bob Wilber|
|Born||15 March 1928|
|Origin||New York City|
|Labels||Circle Sound, Arbors Records|
|Associated acts||Kenny Davern, Dick Hyman, Soprano Summit|
Bob Wilber (born 15 March 1928) is an internationally recognized American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and band leader living in Chipping Campden, England. Although his scope covers a wide range of jazz, Wilber has been a dedicated advocate of classic styles, working throughout his career to present traditional jazz pieces in a contemporary manner. He played with many distinguished jazz leaders in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Eddie Condon. In the late 1960s, he was an original member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and in the early 70s, of Soprano Summit, a band which gained wide attention. In the late 1970s, he formed the Bechet Legacy Band and remains an active player, composer, and teacher.
Wilber was active in jazz education, including working as director of the Smithsonian Jazz Repertory Ensemble. He has written for films, including The Cotton Club. In his autobiography, Music Was Not Enough, he recounts his privileged childhood, pivotal meeting with his mentor, Sidney Bechet in 1946, and subsequent struggles as a musician in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Bob Wilber and His Jazz Band (Circle Sound, Inc., Album S-24, 1949)
- Bob Wilber and The Tuxedo Big Band, Volumes One & Two (Arbors Records)
- Everywhere You Go There's Jazz w/ International March of Jazz All Stars (Arbors Records)
- Nostalgia (Arbors Records)
With Dick Hyman
- A Perfect Match (Arbors Records)
With Kenny Davern
- Reunion At Arbors (Arbors Records)
With Maxine Sullivan
- Close as Pages in a Book (Audiophile Records)
- Wilber, Bob. Music Was Not Enough. Oxford University Press, 1988.
- Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Grove's Dictionaries, 1998.