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About the Author

As a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan Wilensky played with jazz, funk, rock and folk bands while studying saxophone with Joe Henderson and piano with Julian White. At 18, he toured with Ray Charles. After a brief stint at the Eastman School of Music, he toured with jazz great Jack McDuff, then moved to Manhattan where he played first as a street musician, and subsequently on hundreds of records, films, jingles, and TV themes. Wilensky received a National Endowment Award for jazz performance in 1986, and went on to tour or record with over 250 artists, including Steve Winwood, Santana, Manhattan Transfer, David Bowie, R. Kelly, Cornell Dupree, Slickaphonics, Joan Baez, Mark Murphy, Faith No More, Madonna, Deodato and James Brown. Wilensky also played on many film soundtracks, including The Smartest Guys In The Room, Hairspray, Happiness, and A Chorus Line, appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and Late Night With David Letterman, and performed in many music videos. He was featured for 12 years on the Emmy-winning PBS children’s show "Between the Lions." Wilensky has recorded 4 CDs as a leader, and is the author of 2 method books, and articles for many publications including Downbeat. He performs, records, and teaches worldwide.
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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452857717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452857718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,879,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a musician, and I've read many books on the art and business of making music. Dan Wilensky's book is at the top of the playlist! His optimistic, can-do attitude combined with his passion for music makes this book enjoyable and instructive. Every page is filled with down-to-earth and practical advice on getting gigs, being professional, maintaining your love of music, and keeping a good attitude. Don't waste time lamenting the state of the music business or complaining about the tough breaks all musicians get at some point - instead, buy Dan's book, practice your axe, and get out there to share your music!
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The subtitle of this book may sound a bit exaggerated, but Mr. Wilensky fulfills its promise with a bounty of well-seasoned advice and well-written scenes that can't be faked. The anecdotes add a texture that gives that advice a been-there, done-that credence that would serve any aspiring musician well. Those behind the scenes stories are told with a worldly wit that is illuminated by the author's experience playing and working with some of the best musicians the world has known. The amount of practical information crammed into its pages makes Musician! an unbeatable investment in itself. It all comes through in succinct chapters that are well-organized and that propel you to the next page, the next piece of sage advice, and the next delightful story one after the other.

Dan Wilensky's world-class musical skills are one-in-a-million, but the results of where those skills have taken him, and the experience and lessons he has since distilled, are here for musicians of every caliber to absorb and for all readers to enjoy.
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Musician! is an absolutely fantastic read! The positive upbeat prose captures Mr. Wilensky's amazing drive and passion for music. Written in a wonderful voice, the book takes on the beginner, the professional and everyone in between. Even those of us with no musical aspirations beyond tapping a finger to the next pop hit will find enjoyment here.

Enthusiasm always makes a great teacher and it is plain to see that this author has a lot to teach us about music and life. From handling success, to dealing with failures, plateaus and dry periods, the concepts presented here are applicable to almost every career. You can not help but take serious note of any suggestions coming from someone who has played with so many of the great artists of our time. I would highly recommend sharing this book not only with every musician you know but also with your friends and family.
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