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John Webber, Joe Wilder and Lewis Nash
Joe Wilder (center) in July 2006.

Joseph Benjamin "Joe" Wilder (February 22, 1922 – May 9, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He performed music with people such as Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte and Tony Bennett. He was honored with the NEA Jazz Masters Award by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2008.

Wilder was an African American who was born in Colwyn, Pennsylvania and raised in Philadelphia.

Wilder died from congestive heart failure on May 9, 2014 in New York City. He was 92.

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