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.