Drawing inspiration from every musical genre from gospel to jazz to soul and R&B, Stabe’s vast list of musical influences can best be described as eclectic. His unique style and interpretation of song has been influenced by traditional jazz saxophonists such as Hank Crawford and Stanley Turrentine; contemporary saxophonists Kirk Whalum and Everette Harp; blues great B.B. King; the vocal phrasing of jazz greats Nancy Wilson, Al Jarraeu and gospel artist Daryl Coley, just to name a few.
In addition to his solo work with established recording artists, Stabe also serves as the leader of the Stabe Wilson Band. The Stabe Wilson Band has made multiple appearances at Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival, City of Oakland Sunday in the Redwoods Concert Series and the KBLX Stone Soul Concert. The Stabe Wilson Band’s mix of jazz, R&B and blues styles has made the band the “go-to” band for events hosted by the California Association of Black Lawyers, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Police Department, City of Oakland and City of San Leandro.
Stabe was recently awarded the 2012 Saxophonist of the Year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. He was previously named 1995 Saxophonist of the Year by the National Gospel Academy.
Home Base: San Francisco