Reuben Wilson

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Reuben Wilson
Birth name Reuben Lincoln Wilson
Born (1935-04-09) April 9, 1935 (age 81)
Mounds, Oklahoma, U.S.
Origin Pasadena, California, U.S.
Genres Acid Jazz, soul jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Hammond B3
Years active 1968–present
Labels 18th and Vine

Reuben Wilson (born April 9, 1935) is a jazz organist. He performs soul jazz and acid jazz, and is best known for his title track "Got to Get Your Own".

He was born in Mounds, Oklahoma and his family moved to Pasadena when he was 5.[1] He played in Los Angeles with drummer Al Bartee, then moved to New York to begin a recording career. In addition to playing with jazz musicians Melvin Sparks and Willis Jackson, Wilson led the local band Wildare Express. He remains an active musician, and still resides in New York City.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson has been married twice. He has two children, Roderick Reuben Wilson (born November 22, 1957) and Reuben Reuel Wilson (born August 20, 1996). He lives in New York City. Roderick (his eldest son) is a professional drummer. Reuben (his youngest son) graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.


As leader[edit]

  • On Broadway (Blue Note, 1968)
  • Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)
  • Blue Mode (Blue Note, 1969)
  • A Groovy Situation (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Set Us Free (Blue Note, 1971)
  • The Sweet Life (Groove Merchant, 1972)
  • The Cisco Kid (Groove Merchant, 1974)
  • Got To Get Your Own (Cadet Records, 1975)
  • Live at Sob's (Jazzateria, 1996)
  • Down with it (Cannonball, 1998)
  • Organ Donor (Jazzateria, 1998)
  • Organ Blues (Jazzateria, 2002) (Bernard Purdie/Reuben Wilson/Grant Green, Jr.)
  • Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys (Scufflin Records, 2004)
  • Fun House (Savant, 2005)
  • Movin' On (Savant, 2006)
  • Azure Te (Jewl) (18th & Vine, 2009)

As sideman[edit]

  • New York Funkies - Hip Hop Bop with Stanley Turrentine (Meldac, 1995)
  • Grant Green, Jr. - Jungle Strut (Venus, 1997)
  • Grant Green, Jr. - Introducing (Jazzateria, 2001)
  • Masters of Groove - Meet Dr. No (Jazzateria, 2001) (Bernard Purdie/Reuben Wilson/Grant Green, Jr.)
  • Melvin Sparks - What You Hear Is What You Get (Nectar, 2001)
  • Masters of Groove - Meet DJ-9 (Jazzateria, 2006) (Bernard Purdie/Reuben Wilson/Grant Green, Jr.)
  • The Godfathers of Groove (18th & Vine, 2007) (Bernard Purdie/Reuben Wilson/Grant Green, Jr.)
  • The Godfathers of Groove - 3 (18th & Vine, 2009) (Bernard Purdie/Reuben Wilson/Grant Green, Jr.)


  • Bad Stuff (Groove Merchant, 1975) (Groove Giants: A Specially Priced Two Record Set - The Sweet Life + The Cisco Kid reissued)
  • Blue Breakbeats (Blue Note, 1998) (A compilation of Wilson's funkiest tracks from his 5 Blue Note albums)
  • Groove Grease: The Sweet Life/The Cisco Kid - The Groove Merchant Years (Connoisseur Collection, 2000) (The Sweet Life + The Cisco Kid reissued)


  1. ^ Santella, Jim. "Organist Reuben Wilson". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-05-08.