If you’re unfamiliar with Wilmer Wise and his amazing career
check out this great interview from 2005 with Laurie Frink.

“Wilmer Wise’s extraordinarily diverse career clearly demonstrates his
musical open–mindedness. He’s played in big bands with Lee Morgan and
was the principal trumpet player for Marlboro Music Festival and – for
35 years – the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was the first-call guy for
everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Stephen Sondheim, and he is still
playing at the top of his game. Wilmer shows that all these streams of
contemporary music are deeply intertwined; that American music is not
about the differences between genres, but the conversations and
exchanges amongst them. That’s what FONT is all about.”
-Taylor Ho Bynum, Curator