They say it’s your birthday: 88 Keys turns 88 at Fellini’s

Okay, seriously, if you love music, you really have no reason not to come out to Fellini’s #9 on Friday, January 31 for Wiford “88 Keys” Wilson’s birthday celebration. First of all, the dude is turning, you guessed it, 88-years old. Second of all, he’s been playing jazz piano here in Charlottesville for over six decades!

Back in 1947, jazz guitarist Clarence “Dinky” Monroe gave him his nickname because his hands covered the entire keyboard, now that keyboard has been hammered for over 60 years. From way back in World War II  when he was stationed in Europe and put together a “Regimental Revue” that entertained the troops, to sharing the stage in Charlottesville and at UVA with the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie. Seriously, Wilson has kept at it quietly, steadily through all the history and changes that have taken place in the last century and…

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  1. 88 you look AWESOME!! I also remember you when we worked at UVa and sometimes you’d play piano there, too. HAPPY, HAPPY birthday and many more. Wish I could be at Fellinin’s tonight but livin’ in Colorado.

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