Reuben Wilson

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Reuben Wilson
Birth nameReuben Lincoln Wilson
Born (1935-04-09) April 9, 1935 (age 84)
Mounds, Oklahoma, U.S.
OriginPasadena, California, U.S.
GenresAcid Jazz, soul jazz
InstrumentsHammond B3
Years active1968–present
Labels18th 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.[citation needed]


As leader[edit]

With The Godfathers of Groove (Reuben Wilson/Bernard Purdie/Grant Green Jr.)[edit]

  • The Masters of Groove - Meet Dr. No (Jazzateria, 2001)
  • The Masters of Groove - Meet DJ-9 (Jazzateria, 2006)
  • The Godfathers of Groove (18th & Vine, 2007) [note: originally released as The Masters of Groove]
  • The Godfathers of Groove - 3 (18th & Vine, 2009)

As sideman[edit]


  • Bad Stuff! (Groove Giants: A Specially Priced Two Record Set) (Groove Merchant, 1975) (reissues of The Sweet Life + The Cisco Kid) 2LP
  • Blue Breakbeats (Blue Note, 1998) (compilation of Wilson's funkiest tracks from three of his albums: On Broadway, Love Bug, Blue Mode) CD
  • Groove Grease: The Sweet Life/The Cisco Kid - The Groove Merchant Years (Connoisseur Collection, 2000) (reissues of The Sweet Life + The Cisco Kid) 2LP-on-1CD


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