Grammy  Winner - Philadelphia-born Keyboardist.  Composer.  Conductor.  Songwriter.  Producer and Arranger

Dexter Wansel

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Dexter Wansel is appearing live at the Jazz Café London on
Thursday 6th February and Friday the 7th February 2020
Having suspended his touring career for much of the last 20 years, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see a living great perform live once again.

A visionary producer in the soul and funk category, Dexter Wansel is the hand behind hundreds of hits by the likes of The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls, whilst helping forge the identity of ‘Philly Soul.’

His productions have been endlessly sampled by popular musicians and perhaps the crowning glory is his 1976 LP Life On Mars which remains one of the most coveted jazz-funk records of all time.

Expect to hear Dexter perform the full extent of his back catalogue including his hits with MFSB, The Jones Girls and The Trammps.
Dexter's Chistmas Single
Christmas Is Love -Dexter Wansel & La’Trese
 
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Produced by Dexter Wansel
Written by Dexter Wansel and Judith Wansel
Lead Vocalist -Philly’s own La’Trese
All Keyboards, Drums, Percussions, Arrangement -Dexter Wansel
Bass -Tony Jones .....from philly
Guitar -Kym Miller of Instant Funk
Lead Flugelhorn -Charles Washington...from philly
The Sounds of Philadelphia has many stories, this is just one of them.

R+B/fusion arranger, musician, composer, conductor, synthesist, A+R Director, Dexter Wansel, began as an errand boy backstage at the uptown theater in Philadelphia from 1959 through 1963. There he met many great artists who encouraged him to pursue music. In junior high school and high school he and his best friend Stanley Clarke had their first bands together.

In 1970 after being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Wansel quietly joined the ranks of great synthesists like Walter Carlos and Dick Hyman, where he began programming the Putney and the Arp 2600V for sessions at Sigma Sound Studios both credited and uncredited. Going to early 70s, Wansel also played keyboards for groups such as instant funk, yellow sunshine, and MFSB. In 1975 Dexter created the moody, space- soul LP ‘Life On Mars’ whose icy ambience and thick, thematic funk is universally credited with having created Neo-Soul...

Dexter Wansel - Discography


Dexter Wansel Stargazer 2016
Dexter Wansel Captured 2012
Dexter Wansel Time Is Slipping Away 2010
Dexter Wansel Digital Groove World 2004

Dexter Wansel - Interview


Dexter Wansel - Book Shortwave


Dexter Wansel Shortwave

Dexter Wansel - Videos


Dexter Wansel - Twitter
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Dexter Wansel

Keyboardist/arranger/producer/recording artist Dexter Wansel can be heard throughout the catalog of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records. His skills can be heard on non-PIR sides like Jermaine Jackson's "Where Are You Now" from his gold LP Let's Get Serious and "Tonight" from Junior's Acquired Taste LP. His frequent songwriting partners were Cynthia Biggs, Bunny Sigler, and T. Life. A synth pioneer, Wansel's first LP arranging assignment was several tracks on Carl Carlton's 1975 LP, I Wanna Be With You, produced by Bunny Sigler. A Biggs/Wansel song, "The Sweetest Pain," a duet between Wansel and Jean Carn, originally a 1979 single from Wansel's Time Is Slipping Away LP, was a popular radio-aired LP from Loose Ends' Zagora LP. Two of Carn's LPs, When I Find You Love (entirely produced by Wansel) and Sweet and Wonderful, and Jean Carn and Happy to Be With You were issued on a two-album single CD by U.K. label Westside Records in early 1999.

Credits

Sounds of Philadelphia
The Jacksons
The Stylistics
Patrice Rushen
The O'Jays
Phyllis Hyman
The Jones Girls
Archie Bell and the Drells'
Evelyn "Champagne" King's
Teddy Pendergrass
Michael Jackson
MFSB
Grover Washington Jr
Jean Carn
Pattie Labelle
George Benson
Billy Paul
Cynthia Biggs
Lou Rawls
McFadden & Whitehead
Marilyn Ashford-Brown
Dexter Wansel Life on Mars
Dexter Wansel The Sweetest Pain
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