Wilen, Barney

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Wilen, Barney Gender: M
Bernard Jean Wilen
born on 4 March 1937 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Nice, France, 43n42, 7e15
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Petitallot
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 13°31' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°52 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°52'


French musician, a tenor saxophonist. He grew up in the USA, recorded with Roy Haynes (1954), and around 1955 appeared at the Club St.-Germain in Paris with Kenny Clarke, J.J. Johnson, Benny Golson, and Bud Powell. After recording with John Lewis in 1956, he worked again with Powell, 1957-1959. Wilen worked along with Miles Davis in the recording of the soundtrack to the film "L’ascenseur Pour L’échafaud," 1957 as well as recording with Milt Jackson, 1958 and Kenny Dorham, 1959. As a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers he worked on the soundtrack of the film "Dangerous Liaisons."

Wilen lived in Africa from 1968 to 1973 and in 1977 returned to Nice. In 1982 he embraced jazz-rock, and experimented with a fusion of jazz and African rhythms; in his later work he favored a bop style that recalls his playing in the late 1950s.

He married on 12 August 1976 and divorced on 6 October 1990.

Died of cancer on 25 May 1996, Aubervilliers, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1954 (Recording with Roy Haynes)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1955 (Club St. Germain appearance)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1956 (Worked with John Lewis)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1957 (Worked two years with Bud Powell)
  • Family : Change residence 1968 (Lived in Africa five years)
  • Family : Change residence 1977 (Moved back to Nice)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1982 (Began working in jazz-rock)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 6 October 1990 (After 14 years)
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Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'jazz' pdf file, p. 158.

Petitallot quotes B.C., Cadran No.32, 7/1996


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (With other musicians)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (USA, Africa, France)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Night club appearances)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Tenor sax)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz (Jazz-rock)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Soundtracks)