Gerald Wilson

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Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
Background information
Birth nameGerald Stanley Wilson
Born(1918-09-04)September 4, 1918
Shelby, Mississippi, USA
OriginShelby, Mississippi
DiedSeptember 8, 2014(2014-09-08) (aged 96)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genresjazz, pop
Occupation(s)Trumpeter, bandleader, composer
InstrumentsTrumpet, piano
Years active1938 - 2014
LabelsCapitol, Pacific, Discovery

Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator. He was from Los Angeles. He began his career since the early 1940s.[1] Wilson was born in Shelby, Mississippi.

Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939, replacing its star trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver. While with Lunceford, he contributed numbers to the band's book, including Hi Spook and Yard-dog Mazurka. Wilson has written arrangements for many other famous artists including Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and many more.

Wilson died on September 8, 2014 from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California at the age of 96.

References[change | change source]

  1. Richard S. Ginell (2011). "Gerald Wilson Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2011.

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