Eilish Wilson

Saxophonist and Creator in Los Angeles

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

I am currently based in Los Angeles on a Fulbright Scholarship, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in performance at California Institute of the Arts.

Since graduating from the New Zealand School of Music at the end of 2015, I've worked consistently throughout New Zealand and abroad. Highlights 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 went on tour with Trinity Roots, which was an incredible experience to say the least.

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

Earlier in 2021, I had the pleasure of taking on an Artist Teacher role mentoring first year students in the Jazz Performance Programme at New Zealand School of Music.

To find out more about my teaching work, click here.

People who inspire me include Alexa Tarantino, Stephen Lehman, Kae Tempest, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue, Jackie McLean, Questlove, John Coltrane, & Melissa Aldana.

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

I want this song played at my funeral.


Here are two press items regarding what I'm doing in Los Angeles, thanks to Fulbright New Zealand:

An article in the Massey University news alongside 3 amazing Fulbrighters in my cohort here

And an interview with Maggie Tweedie on RadioActive (88.6fm) here

Records out now!

The Rodger Fox Big Band Live at the Rogue and Vagabond (Thelonious Records)

Raw Collective 'The Good Things LP'

You can read an interview I did for the Aro Valley Community Centre Whanaungatanga here

  • Education
    • BMus in Jazz Performance (First Class Hons)
    • New Zealand School of Music
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