Ken Wild attended the University of Hawaii 1970 – 1972, studying bass with Armand Russell, but left before graduating to go on the road with Seawind. Professional experience with performers such as Sammy Davis Jr. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Barbara McNair and others.
Ken also became a very active studio musician starting in 1976, working in TV, film, and
Dave Wild plays piano and occasionally soprano saxophone (best characterized by borrowing Ogden Nash’s description of the oboe, as “an ill wind that nobody blows good”). The Dave Wild Trio/Quartet performs somewhat regularly around Waco (see the CenTex jazz page for a schedule, or look at an excerpt from my iPhone at Dave’s Calendar). Several years ago we put together a CD called Wild Sides, featuring bassist/producer (and close relative) Ken Wild, plus Ralph Humphrey, drums and Larry Williams, saxophones, recorded by Gary Denton at Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys, along with one track recorded with my Waco rhythm section of Jeff Horton, bass and Charles Burleson, drums. I’ve been contributing arrangements to the Temple Jazz Orchestra (based at Temple College in, where else, Temple), where I’ve been known to teach the odd student or two. TJO’s first CD, Soft Lights, Sweet Music, which features liner notes, a chart and the occasional piano solo by yours truly, was released early in 2001. TJO has since released four more CDs, all including yours truly—two CDs from smoking concerts by TJO and Bill Watrous, another hot set with arranger/composer/saxophonist/pianist (whew) Gordon Goodwin,, and a fourth with all-original material (including two Wild charts). That’s usually me behind the piano in the Waco Jazz Orchestra as well. And I’m occasionally visible in the Denton area in association with one of UNT’s many
Dave Wild on piano
Ken Wild bass
Rob Lockart sax
Larry Koonse guitar
Ralph Humphrey drums