On Friday night, during a concert at BLU Jazz+, Akron jazz guitarist Dan Wilson announced his Kickstarter campaign for the recording of his sophomore album, Balancing Act.

The album will be the follow-up to his strong 2012 debut To Whom It May Concern. In the years since the release of his debut, Wilson has trotted around the globe several times playing gigs with world-renowned jazz organist, trumpeter and singer Joey DeFrancesco’s groovy organ trio. Wilson is the featured guitarist on DeFrancesco’s latest album, Project Freedom. Wilson also teaches, and has played several area shows with his own bands.

On June 23, he and his band will record two sets at BLU Jazz+ in downtown Akron. Per Kickstarter norms, Wilson has several levels of pledge-amount rewards — from $25 (basic), which nets a copy of the album, to $500 (platinum), which entitles you to lots of cool stuff including a ticket to the first set of the recording night.

Here are a few questions about the Kickstarter project, the venue and the band — all done by email because the life of a young, traveling, employed jazz musician is busy as hell, y’all!

Q: Why go the Kickstarter route?

A: The record industry is not like it used to be. Virtually no major record labels are willing to take a chance on an emerging artist. If you didn’t establish your name before the year 2000, you’re pretty much on your own. That’s not all bad though. It comes with a great degree of responsibility, but it gives you 100 percent autonomy.

Q: “To Whom It May Concern” was a confident-sounding studio effort. Why go the live route for album No. 2?

A: I feel like we can’t really get the full scope and power of music until we experience it live. So much of music today is programmed, scrubbed, compressed, and sanitized to the point where it loses the humanity. I think that’s why there is a real movement to go back to vinyl. Even on the greatest recordings, we can hear tiny inconsistencies, and though we can’t always identify them, they add a certain classic sound. To hear Marvin Gaye sing Distant Lover live and hear the response from the audience when his voice cracks on the word “Please!” My God. I get the chills every time.

Writer’s note: If you love soul, yet have somehow never heard Marvin Gaye’s live rendition of Distant Lover from the Marvin Gaye Live album (recorded in my beautiful hometown of Oakland, Calif.), get thee to iTunes and experience a grown man seducing an entire coliseum.

Q: Why was BLU the choice spot for the live recording?

A: The music scene in Akron is experiencing a resurgence, and BLU has played a huge part in that. Nearly every city has world-class musicians, but not all of them have a real outlet for their abilities. BLU has been instrumental (pun intended) in allowing jazz musicians to express their art form by actually investing in them. They are very intentional about announcing each band, and setting the stage for the music. I’ve played clubs where the owner expects the musician to be the entertainer, social media marketing expert, bartender (exaggeration), etc. That can be a real drag.

Q: How has touring with Joey D. informed your playing/writing and the tunes that will comprise “Balancing Act”?

A: I’ve been globe-trotting with Joey for two years now. It has really helped me to realize the importance of maintaining a high level of musicianship. When I compose or arrange a tune now, I think of tiny details that I’ve picked up from Joey, like transitioning from a 2 feel to 4/4 [time]. This is one of the most intense moments in a tune. Jason [Brown] usually starts off [drumming] on brushes, and we start off kind of quiet. Joey states the melody and plays more sparse ideas. By the time the third chorus comes around, Jason has transitioned to sticks and does a roll that lasts for half a chorus. We call that “The Stampede.” When we start swinging in 4/4, it feels like the music is going to cause an explosion. Kinda crazy.

Q: Trombonist Sam Blakeslee [who leads a big band that frequents BLU] is a pretty well known and respected commodity on the local scene. Who are the rest of the guys in the band?

A: The drummer, Xavier Breaker, is originally from South Carolina, but he’s living in Chicago. The pianist, Sullivan Fortner, is from New Orleans, and you can hear it all in his playing. I’ve known the bassist, Ivan Taylor, for about 20 years. He’s from Chicago, but we came up in the same church. He started playing guitar about a year before I did. He was actually scary on guitar. I always say if he had kept playing guitar, I would have switched careers.

Q: Might we get to see this band at the Rubber City Jazz Festival in 2017?

A: I’m not sure yet, but it’s a definite possibility.

Q: Hey, are you in one of [multi-Grammy winning jazz bassist extraordinaire] Christian McBride’s bands?

A: I’m going to be playing with one of Christian’s bands, called Tip City, starting April 25. It will be a trio with the brilliant young pianist Emmet Cohen. I’m really looking forward to that, although I have no idea what we’ll be playing.

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