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, and recently graduated 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. In March 2023, I had the privilege of supporting my friend Ny Oh in opening for Harry Styles. Our set is being released as an ep, which you can presave here:

Live in Aotearoa - Ny Oh
Out 7th July

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 below.

People who inspire me include Ny Oh, Stephen Lehman, Josh Johnson, Jonathan Pinson, Kae Tempest, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Darcy James Argue, Questlove, Jackie Mclean, & 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:

Come What May Festival with Ny Oh, 26th - 27th May 2023, Santa Ynez Valley, CA


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)


You can find out more about my teaching work here. I'd love to hear from you!

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