Gerald Wilson (Composer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Gerald Wilson

Gerald Stanley Wilson was an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer, arranger, and educator. Born in Mississippi, he was based in Los Angeles from the early 1940s. In addition to being a band leader, Wilson wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson.

Birth name: Gerald Stanley Wilson
Born: September 4, 1918, Shelby, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: September 8, 2014, Los Angeles
Genres: Jazz, pop
Occupation(s): Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments: Trumpet
Years active: 1938–2014
Labels: Capitol, Pacific Jazz, Discovery, Mack Avenue
Associated acts: Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Lunceford
IMDb: Gerald Wilson’s IMDb

About Gerald Wilson

Multi-faceted musician and educator who blossomed during his time with the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939. His composition “Hi Spook” was influenced by the version of “Caravan” recorded by Duke Ellington.

Before Fame

He wrote arrangements for Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and many others.


He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was highly respected, being named Teacher of the Year at one point.

Family Life

He and his Mexican-American wife Josefina Villasenor Wilson had three daughters, Jeri, Teri, and Nancy Jo, and one son, Anthony.


His composition “Yard-Dog Mazurka” influenced “Intermission Riff,” Stan Kenton‘s classic.

Information related to Gerald Wilson

  • Discovery Records artists
  • Jazz musicians from Mississippi
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra members
  • Cass Technical High School alumni
  • American jazz educators
  • Big band bandleaders
  • African-American jazz musicians
  • American jazz bandleaders
  • American music arrangers
  • American jazz composers
  • American jazz trumpeters

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Latest information about Gerald Wilson updated on September 07, 2020.

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