Trombonist Louise Wilson is spending the winter and a good chunk of the spring on the Gulf Coast. This snowbird is making the most of her playing opportunities until she and her husband head back to Colorado in May.
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Afternoon highlights included WiIson's poignant feature on trombonist J. J. Johnson's classic jazz ballad "Lament" and the band's romp, complete with Morgan's vocals, on Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's blues "Wait a Minute Baby."
After studying trombone with Ashley Alexander while growing up in in Los Angeles, Wilson earned a nursing degree, but soon found she was missing her music. So she pursued a jazz performance degree at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth while working as a trauma nurse at a nearby hospital.
While she has been a nurse for about 30 years and now works in hospice care, Wilson says she draws energy from her parallel passion for jazz.
"I can't explain a lot of what comes out of my horn," she says. "Being a nurse and taking care of people, seeing them right before they die, knowing I had a chance to make a difference for them, brings out a lot of emotion in my playing."