Tom Wilson

The Career of Record Producer Tom Wilson Discussion

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

“Tom Wilson was charismatic, statuesque, and curiously empowering for those in his orbit.” - singer/songwriter Van Dyke Parks

An Evening with Greg Tate and Craig Street

Wednesday February 20

Foster Theater, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Free with RSVP

Tickets go on sale to members and donors on at 10am January 30th, 2019 and will be available to the public at 10am on January 31st, 2019.


Record Producer Tom Wilson worked on some of the most seminal albums and singles of the 1960s by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees including Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin' and 1965 single, "Like a Rolling Stone," Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 debut LP Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., Mothers of Invention Freak Out!, the Animals, the Velvet Underground, featuring Lou Reed and John Cale, and more. Join writer, musician, and critic Greg Tate and Grammy Award-winning producer Craig Street as they discuss the impact, influence, and innovation of Wilson on some of the most recognizable sounds of the 1960s.


Craig Street is a Grammy winning record producer. Born in Oakland, California he has worked as a photographer, a radio programmer, a musician and a plasterer. His production credits include; Meshell Ndegeocello-“Bitter”, k.d.lang-“Drag”, Jimmy Scott-“Heaven”, John Legend- “Once Again”, Cassandra Wilson-“Blue Light ’til Dawn” & “New Moon Daughter”, Norah Jones-“Come Away With Me”, Susana Baca-“Espiritu Vivo”, Bettye LaVette-“Thankful ’n’ Thoughtful”, Chris Whitley-“Dirt Floor”, Madeleine Peyroux-“Standing On The Rooftop”, Chocolate Genius Inc.-“Black Music” and The Gipsy Kings-“Roots.

Among those he has worked with live and in the studio are: Ornette Coleman, Allison Krause, Bill Frisell, Olu Dara, Keb Mo, Tom Verlaine, Geri Allen, Tony Williams, Ivan Julian, Brian Blade, Wendy and Lisa, David Hildalgo, The Canadian Brass, Jimmy Haskell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Greg Leisz, Richard Thompson, Javon Jackson, Roseanne Cash, Jim Keltner, Mark Ribot, Jonathan Wilson, Fred Hopkins, Derek Trucks, Abe Laboriel Jr., Patty Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Jacky Terrasson, David Torn, David Campbell, Patty Griffin, Dr. John, Van Dyke Parks, Pharoah Sanders, Robert Plant, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Charlie Sexton, Lawrence Butch Morris, and T Bone Burnett.

Greg Tate is a writer, musician and cultural provocateur who lives and thrives atop Harlem's Sugar Hill. His books include the acclaimed essay collection Flyboy in The Buttermilk, Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, Midnight Lightning:Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience,Brooklyn Kings/New York City’s Black Bikers (w/photographer MartinDixon) and Everything But The Burden—What White People Are Taking From Black Culture. He is currently finishing work on Beast Mode:Iconic Gods and Monsters of the Bloodthirsty Black Atlantic and Beyond for publication by Farrar,Strauss and Giroux in early 2020. Tate has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia,Yale, Brown, San Francisco State, Princeton University and Williams College. He was a Staff Writer at The Village Voice from 1987 to 2003. His writings on culture and politics have also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone and VIBE.

Since 1999 Tate has led the Conducted Improv big band Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber who tour internationally and have released 19 albums on their own Avant Groidd imprint. The ensemble recently celebrated their 2Oth anniversary of ‘Avant Groidnuss' by releasing a three-volume mixtape series--Our Groiddest Schizznits-- in tandem with concerts at Lincoln Center’s Rubinstein Atrium and Brooklyn Museum.


This event is free with RSVP.