"A real breakthrough work, stunning, accomplished... a major statement in the world of modern classical music... this is essential listening."
Courtney Pine on Alex Wilson's 'Concerto for Piano and Kora'
Alex was born in the UK and was brought up in Sierra Leone, England, Austria and Switzerland.
After gaining a degree in electronics from the University of York, he embarked on a professional career as a pianist, performing and recording with Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica, Sandra Cross, Adalberto Santiago, Jocelyn Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masakela and Ernest Ranglin. He won the Rising Star award at the 2001 BBC Jazz Awards.
To date, he has released nine solo albums, his commissions include NITRO (a British black theatre company), the Royal Opera House and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also Special Lecturer in the Department of Music at University of Nottingham.
In 2011, Alex was invited to be pianist, arranger and musical director for the hugely successful guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on their album Area 52, recorded in Cuba. He continued his role within the group throughout 2012, performing to sold out shows as the project toured the world.
"Alex Wilson has produced a piano trio with a difference. The sound is unlike any that I have heard before, connecting strands of music that go way back to Africa right up to modern day popular western music with an abundance of jazz in between. This innovatory sound makes this a must have item... unique, brilliant and embraces all the good things about jazz... you must have this record in your collection. Real talk” - Courtney Pine, 2013
2013 saw the release of his first album for jazz trio with Frank Tontoh and Tristan Banks on drums and Davide Mantovani on bass. 'Trio' is released on Alex Wilson Records and available on iTunes:
Alex has worked with the following artists:
Wynton Marsalis, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ernest Ranglin, Hugh Masakela, Courtney Pine, Jazz Jamaica, Snowboy & The Latin Section, Bobby Watson, Cheo Feliciano, Adalberto Santiago, Tito Allen, Tito Gomez, Maelo Rivera, Cano Estremera, Camilo Azuquitar, Sandra Cross, Terell Stafford, Juliet Roberts, Kandia Kouyate, Madou Sidiki Diabaté, Antonio Forcione, Shuba Mugdal, George Johnson Jnr, Xuacu Amieva, Wilber Calver and Edwin Sanz.
Albums released as solo artist:
2013 Alex Wilson Trio Piano trio exploration
2011 Salsa Veritas Cutting edge salsa dance music
2010 Mali Latino Critically acclaimed world music collaboration
2008 Salsa con Soul Pushing the boundaries of traditional salsa
2007 Inglaterra Contemporary salsa including bhangra-latin collaboration
2005 Aventuras Acoustic jazz album with Afro-Colombian influences
2001 R&B Latino Afro-Cuban and R&B project
2000 Anglo-Cubano Collaboration recorded in Havana and London
1998 Afro-Saxon Wide ranging, experimental first album