Eilish Wilson

Saxophonist and Creator in Los Angeles

Kia ora! I’m Eilish Wilson, a saxophonist and educator 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 toured with Trinity Roots.

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

I recently had the privilege of recording at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, as part of the annual CalArts Jazz Album, which you can listen to below.

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

Gigs:

May 8: James the Fifth album release party at Moroccan Lounge, LA, 8pm. Info and tickets here

June 20: Here Comes the Judge! Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga, NZ, 8pm

Adjudicating:

June 4: Manawatu Jazz Festival High Schools Jazz Competition and Workshops, The Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, NZ

June 20 and 21: National Youth Jazz Competition, Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga, NZ

News:

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!

CalArts Jazz 2022 - 31st Annual CD

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

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Feel free to contact me below for any and all enquiries regarding session work, collaborations, or music lessons.

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