Stabe Wilson

Soul-stirring saxophonist

on 16 June 2014

Rather than try to label saxophonist Stabe Wilson and his music, it’s best to sit back and enjoy his versatility and appreciate the many influences that have made him such an accomplished musician. Stabe draws inspiration from a wide range of genres, from gospel to jazz to soul to R&B, and when he performs he relies on an AKG microphone to deliver his soul-stirring performances.

The Oakland, California musician began performing at age eleven at his father’s Oakland church. He studied music in college and during that time was a member of the college’s big band under the direction of legendary jazz pianist Bill Bell. His influences run the gamut from traditional jazz saxophonists such as Hank Crawford and Stanley Turrentine, to contemporary artists Kirk Whalum and Everette Harp to blues great B.B. King. He even cites the vocal phrasing of great jazz singers as an influence, including Nancy Wilson, Al Jarreau and gospel artist Daryl Coley.

Stabe has performed with a range of renowned recording artists, including gospel icons Walter Hawkins and Donald Lawrence, Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo and soul greats Will Dowing and Howard Hewitt. And when not performing with established recording artists, Stabe leads the Stabe Wilson Band, offering up a mix of jazz, R&B and blues in the Oakland area, with multiple appearances at Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival, City of Oakland Sunday in the Redwoods Concert Series and the KBLX Stone Soul Concert.

For his performances, Stabe relies on the AKG C519 professional miniature condenser microphone to ensure that the sound of his sax is clean, natural and powerful. Designed specifically for brass and woodwind instruments, the C519 features a tight cardioid polar pattern so it can be used close to stage monitors. 


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