Bob Wilber

jazz clarinetist, composer and saxophonist from United States

Robert Sage Wilber (March 15, 1928 – August 4, 2019) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and band leader. He was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, including Bobby Hackett, Benny Goodman, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Eddie Condon.

Bob Wilber
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Bob Wilber at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the late 1970s
Background information
Birth nameRobert Sage Wilber
Born(1928-03-15)March 15, 1928
New York City, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 2019(2019-08-04) (aged 91)
Chipping Campden, England, U.K.
GenresJazz, dixieland
InstrumentsSaxophone, clarinet
Years active1940s–2010s
Associated actsKenny Davern, Dick Hyman, Soprano Summit, World's Greatest Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet

In the late 1960s, he was an original member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and in the early 70s of Soprano Summit, a band which gained wide attention. In the late 1970s, he formed the Bechet Legacy Band.

Wilber died at the age of 91 in Chipping Campden, England on August 4, 2019.[1]


  1. Bebco, Joe (2019-08-06). "Jazz Revival Clarinetist Bob Wilber has Died". The Syncopated Times. Retrieved 2019-08-06.