'Wilde' for NOLA music culture

May 8, 2013 9:00 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin
aduples@tulane.edu

It doesn’t take much to attract a musician to New Orleans. Just ask guitarist and 2013 graduate George Wilde, who says a quality education from Tulane University and a wealth of opportunities to work on the local music scene made the choice a no-brainer.

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George Wilde

George Wilde, a 2013 graduate, is making strides on the local music scene. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)


As a first-year student, Wilde quickly got into the rhythm of New Orleans music by learning the local hotspots.  One of his favorites became Frenchmen Street, which he frequented on the weekends.

The self-proclaimed jazz and funk enthusiast enrolled in as many music courses as possible while completing those required for a philosophy degree. His only wish today is that the recently implemented Musical Cultures of the Gulf South major had been around when he started.

Through a course called Writing the Profile taught by Tom Sancton came the opportunity to profile Khris Royal, a New Orleans-born reeds player who, at just 24 years old, was preparing to release his first album with his alternative-funk and jazz-fusion band, Dark Matter.

Wilde was in his element.
 
During the last three years, Wilde made a name for himself in the local music community through gigs with his band made up of all Tulane students and through event organizing, which he hopes will blossom into a full-time career.

“I hope to one day be the source for booking bands on a sliding pay scale,” says Wilde. “A lower-cost student jazz trio could be perfect for a small gathering and the cost would be more to hire professionals, of course.”

He’s already begun working toward making his business idea a reality, having booked musicians for events at the Bea Field Alumni House and other places around campus.

To date, Wilde’s resume includes tutoring for Tulane public service partner Roots of Music, an internship with the Trombone Shorty Foundation and an internship-turned-job at the historic Preservation Hall.

 

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