Eilish Wilson

Saxophonist and Creator in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington, Aotearoa)

Kia ora! I’m Eilish Wilson, a saxophonist and educator from Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa.

I recently returned from Los Angeles, where I was on a Fulbright Scholarship, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Jazz from California Institute of the Arts.

Highlights of my playing career thus far include playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Rodger Fox Big Band, and recording albums at the legendary United Studios (L.A) & at the acclaimed Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, New York City. In summer 2021, I toured with Trinity Roots. I had a blast touring in North America with the amazing Bret McKenzie Band in 2022. In March 2023, I had the privilege of supporting my friend Ny Oh in opening for Harry Styles. Our set has been released as an EP, which you can listen to here:

Live in Aotearoa - Ny Oh

I perform with a variety of bands and collectives, including Newtown Rocksteady, Raw Collective, The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, Fun ⅋ Funner, and most recently Ny Oh.

In 2022, I was fortunate to record at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, as part of the annual CalArts Jazz Album, which you can listen to here

People who inspire me include Ny Oh, Stephen Lehman, Josh Johnson, Jonathan Pinson, Kae Tempest, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue, Questlove, Dick Oatts, & Melissa Aldana.

When I'm not busy with music, I love capturing moments on film (my addiction is supported by Splendid Photo), listening to RadioActive, and going on road trips & skiing with my friends.

I want this song played at my funeral.

Upcoming Performances:

Sax-O-Fun: Fringe Festival show with Karen O'Leary.

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February, Hannah Playhouse. Tickets here

Air Force On Tour:

Wednesday 28th February, Blenheim. Tickets here

Friday 1st March, Ashburton. Tickets here

Saturday 2nd March, Timaru. Tickets here

Sunday 3rd March, Christchurch. Tickets here


If you'd like to take lessons with me, you can find more information here


Read about our upcoming Fringe Show ‘SaxoFun’

Listen to Karen chatting about SaxoFun on RNZ

  • Education
    • Master of Fine Arts - Jazz
    • California Institute of the Arts
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