Howard Wiley emerged on the Bay Area music scene at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back. A highly accomplished saxophonist who regularly works with the likes of Marcus Shelby, Faye Carrol, and Lavay Smith, Wiley is a true musician’s musician, with a vast repertoire under his belt and a firm belief in what swings and what, well, doesn’t quite live
up to his standards. In addition to keeping a busy performance schedule, Wiley is an active educator, leading workshops and mentoring young musicians throughout the Bay.
His most recent works have stemmed from the music of the Angola State Penitentiary, with Wiley composing two albums of material for a “soul chamber ensemble” that feature his pieces inspired by the spirituals and work songs that were sung by the inmates of the prison in the early 1900s.
Wiley will be in the trio format on Friday, May 24th at Duende for his first performance with SF Offside, joined by longtime collaborators Marcus Shelby on bass and Sly Randolph on drums. This stripped down format will allow listeners to hear Wiley in an unfiltered environment, with his tone, melodies and rhythmic prowess on full display. Meet the leader of this powerhouse trio, meet Howard Wiley: