About Ed Wilson
Most serious music lovers in Australia will know of Ed Wilson from his days with the legendary ''Daly/Wilson Big Band'' when they were so successful during the seventies and early eighties...but it must be noted that Ed’s status as a musician was rapidly developing long before this, not only for his talent as a trombonist but for his skill as an arranger.
The combination of the twenty musicians that made up Daly/Wilson was the perfect vehicle for Ed’s exciting arrangements and compositions.
Although the band had gained a strong following for their electrifying live shows around the country, the overheads in keeping the band on the road became a financial burden...The band was put on hold for a while in 1971. Ed went searching for new challenges and found his way to England where he took up the trombone chair with the band at the London Palladium. In 1972 he was coaxed back to Australia where Daly/Wilson was resurrected with the added incentive of sponsorship from Benson & Hedges. The next seven years saw Ed and band tour constantly both nationally around Australia and abroad....they were in fact one of the first western acts in the world to perform in Russia. The line-up was complimented by three great Australian vocalists who helped broaden the appeal of the band...Marcia Hines , Kerrie Biddell and the late, great Ricky May.
The Daly/Wilson Big Band is an important part of Australian music history and leaves behind a legacy of half a dozen albums and indelible memories of sensational live shows.
Ed also toured Vietnam three times during the war entertaining the troops with the ABC Dance Band. In 1993 he received the Vietnam Logistic Support medal for his services during the conflict. He has worked with some of the biggest names in showbiz - Frank Sinatra, Sammi Davis jnr, Liza Minelli, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Tom Jones to name a few. Ed was an integral member of the orchestras for major television shows including the Don Lane show, Geoff Harvey’s band at channel 9 and Tommy Tycho's band at channel 7.....and is still one of the most sought after session trombonists in Australia.
In the eighties Ed headed north to Queensland where he played in numerous club bands until his return to Sydney in 1987 when he joined the NSW Police Band as musical arranger. Ed also spent a year writing new arrangements for all the army bands around Australia.
Realising that most school bands in Australia were only playing American arrangements Ed formed his own publishing company with his wife, Esther, in 1990. He would eventually supply these bands with his own music. Ed & Esther now publish and sell directly to schools all over Australia. Ed Wilson’s arrangements have become an important thread in the growing musical culture for young musicians in Oz and elsewhere around the world.
The Ed Wilson Big Band has released a couple if CDs, '' Up the pace'' an album that he both composed and arranged called ''Song for Joel'' (dedicated to Joel Corrigan), a mix of Ed’s originals plus a couple of carefully selected standards.
The idea of combining his musical skills with his flare for humour resulted in a unique ensemble which he dubbed the ''Wacky big band''. The band was influenced by American musician Spike Jones and his off the wall approach to big band music in the 40's and 50's. The “Wackies” recorded a live album...Jeff Duff was the vocalist with Wacky.
2018 was an exciting year with the release of a new Big Band CD called SWING THAT MUSIC, featuring Emma Pask and Tom Burlinson singing all the favourite Ed Wilson vocal arrangements. Followed by a SWING THAT MUSIC concert at the State Theatre in Sydney featuring Ed and the singers.
Ed Wilson has transcended music genres and stylized fads...no pigeon hole required for this boy he just makes wonderful music for everyone! Indeed one of Australia’s great music icons.