Dexter Wansel

Grammy  Winner - Philadelphia-born Keyboardist.  Composer.  Conductor.  Songwriter.  Producer and Arranger

Dexter Wansel Gigs

Dexter Wansel is appearing live at the Jazz Café London on
Thursday 6th February and Friday the 7th February 2020
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Having suspended his touring career for much of the last 20 years, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see a living great perform live once again.

A visionary producer in the soul and funk category, Dexter Wansel is the hand behind hundreds of hits by the likes of The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls, whilst helping forge the identity of ‘Philly Soul.’

His productions have been endlessly sampled by popular musicians and perhaps the crowning glory is his 1976 LP Life On Mars which remains one of the most coveted jazz-funk records of all time.

Expect to hear Dexter perform the full extent of his back catalogue including his hits with MFSB, The Jones Girls and The Trammps.

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Friday, September 2017 29th 8pm

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz

Just in! Teri Woods author of the nationwide best seller and new Hollywood movie 'True To The Game' as well as many other books, will be joining the Dexter Wansel Presents Sounds Of Philadelphia show at Bethesda Jazz And Blues Friday September 29th 8PM. Between sets, Teri will speak about some of her books and the movie. Come have a great evening of music and a meet and greet with Dexter Wansel, his sister author Teri Woods, Marilyn Ashford Brown, Damon Williams, and an all star band under the musical direction of Tom Newman.

7719 Wisconsin Avenue. Bethesda, MD 20814. Tel:240.330.4500

Advance tickets $35.00 at door showtime 8pm
Saturday, May 12th. 2018

By Popular Demand,

Three Sassy Ladies 2018 Returns With Dexter Wansel Bringing  More Music From The Sounds of Philadelphia!  Stay Tuned For More Details...
Saturday, April 23rd 2017

Three Sassy Ladies 2017

With Special Guest, Dexter Wansel Bringing The Sounds Of Philadelphia!
Saturday, April 23rd  At The Bowie Center For The Performing Arts.
Wansel, The  (Life On Mars) Man Was Very Instrumental In Creating The Sounds Of Philadelphia Alongside,  Philadelphia International Records Founders/Producers,  Kenny Gamble & Huff.  He Wrote & Produced Songs For Such Artists, The Jones Girls Nights Over Egypt, Patti LaBelle, If Only You Knew, Phyllis Hyman, Living All Alone, and Teddy Pendergrass, TKO All Of Which He Will Be Performing, Including The Sounds Of McFadden & Whitehead's, Ain't No Stopping Us Now, The O'Jays, Love Train and Teddy Pendergrass just to name a Few.

Dexter Wansel

Keyboardist/arranger/producer/recording artist Dexter Wansel can be heard throughout the catalog of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records. His skills can be heard on non-PIR sides like Jermaine Jackson's "Where Are You Now" from his gold LP Let's Get Serious and "Tonight" from Junior's Acquired Taste LP. His frequent songwriting partners were Cynthia Biggs, Bunny Sigler, and T. Life. A synth pioneer, Wansel's first LP arranging assignment was several tracks on Carl Carlton's 1975 LP, I Wanna Be With You, produced by Bunny Sigler. A Biggs/Wansel song, "The Sweetest Pain," a duet between Wansel and Jean Carn, originally a 1979 single from Wansel's Time Is Slipping Away LP, was a popular radio-aired LP from Loose Ends' Zagora LP. Two of Carn's LPs, When I Find You Love (entirely produced by Wansel) and Sweet and Wonderful, and Jean Carn and Happy to Be With You were issued on a two-album single CD by U.K. label Westside Records in early 1999.


Sounds of Philadelphia
The Jacksons
The Stylistics
Patrice Rushen
The O'Jays
Phyllis Hyman
The Jones Girls
Archie Bell and the Drells'
Evelyn "Champagne" King's
Teddy Pendergrass
Michael Jackson
Grover Washington Jr
Jean Carn
Pattie Labelle
George Benson
Billy Paul
Cynthia Biggs
Lou Rawls
McFadden & Whitehead
Marilyn Ashford-Brown
Dexter Wansel Life on Mars
Dexter Wansel The Sweetest Pain
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