Gini Wilson - Pianist
Gini Wilson, known as The Duchess, is legendary in the Bay area as a brilliant jazz pianist, entertainer, and composer. She is the Director and the Co-Founder, with stellar reedman Steve Heckman, of The San Francisco ChamberJazz Quartet (SFCJQ) This ensemble chamber group includes Pat Klobas on Bass and Ron Marabuto on drums. She has received brilliant reviews for her many albums being played on jazz radio stations nationally and internationally.
Gini’s original music is lyrical and elegant and her original compositions reflect the emotional density of classical music but also include the exciting elements of swinging blues and fiery tangos.
Well known for performing at concerts and festivals with The SFCJQ, Gini performed solo in long steady jazz gigs at Jazz At Pearls, The Fairmont Hotel, The St. Francis Hotel and many San Francisco jazz venues such as Yoshi’s, Moose’s and One Market Restaurant and The Seahorse in Sausalito.
As a composer and music director for documentaries seen on PBS (“Encore for Ruby”) and was a regular on the NPR radio show “West Coast Live”. In concerts and interviews she is also noted for her irreverent sense of humor. She has performed with singers Jackie Ryan, Madeline Eastman, Denise Perrier, and Cami Thompson.
She studied classical piano with Carlo Bussotti, Bruno Eisner and Paul Parmelee (M. Music at University of Colorado) and studied composition with the American master George Crumb before dedicating herself primarily to jazz. As an educator and member of the Music Teachers of America, she teaches and adjudicates both classical and jazz disciplines in Marin County, California.