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Reuben Wilson

Born April 9, 1935 in Mounds, Oklahoma, organist/organist Reuben Wilson moved at age five with his family to California, settling in Pasadena, where his school mates included bassist Herb Lewis and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. “Except for a half dozen basic lessons with Austin McCoy,” says Wilson, “I was self-taught as a pianist. But before I could even get seriously involved with the piano, a friend introduced me to the organ, and I knew this was the direction I wanted to take. My original inspiration had been Billy Larkin of the Delegates. Later, I listened to Jimmy Smith and learned a lot from him, of course.

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