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|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, composer, bandleader|
|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.
He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was highly respected, being named Teacher of the Year at one point.
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.
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- 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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