Gini Wilson - Pianist

Gini Wilson - Achievement in the Musical Arts 


Known as The Duchess, Gini Wilson is a legendary Bay Area jazz and classical pianist, entertainer and composer. Trained as a concert pianist, she has a long and distinguished career as a chamber jazz musician. 


Gini co-founded and is director of the San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet, her nationally 

recognized concert jazz group  known for its lyrical and innovative jazz performances. For over 30 years, Gini has regularly performed solo or swinging with her trio or quartet at San Francisco’s famous hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, jazz venues, and on the corporate, fund-raising and special events circuit. Her many television and radio projects include regular appearances on NPR’s radio show, “West Coast Live.”


Gini bridges classical and jazz. Her performances are delightful and engaging, In concerts and interviews, she is known for her irreverent sense of humor,  A dazzling entertainer and composer, she wows audiences with her technical skills. Her improvisational style is sophisticated and distinctive. Emotion-drenched chord progressions and effortlessly floating harmonies are a few of the tools she employs to convey her personal musical statements. Each precise execution sounds nothing short of regal.


Gini received her Master of Music in Piano Performance at University of Colorado, then studied and performed as a concert pianist in San Francisco. She fell in love with jazz after hearing Miles Davis and Bill Evans, defected from the classical world and branched out into serious jazz and composition with her quartet. A Mill Valley resident since 1979, Gini has taught piano to over 200 students, stressing a solid classical foundation, yet giving them the freedom to explore and appreciate all music –  from Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Bartok to Bebop and blues.  A truly wonderful teacher and an inspiration to her students, Gini generously shares her knowledge and experience. She is a member of the Music Teachers of America, the Chamber Music of America, and the International Association of Jazz Educators.




The San Francisco Chamberjazz Quartet: Portfolio


Gini Wilson


Gini Wilson: The San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet/SFCJQ

Best of the Vintage

Gini Wilson: Best of the Vintage

The Crossing Point

Gini Wilson: The Crossing Point

Left Coast Local Time

Gini Wilson: Left Coast Local Time