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Gerald Wilson

The Gerald Wilson Orchestra 'in the studio' recording 'Before Motown' from the new CD DETROIT

Gerald Stanley Wilson (born September 4, 1918) is an Americanjazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, 8 time Grammy nominee, and educator. He has been based inLos Angeles since the early 1940s. 


Wilson was born in Shelby, Mississippi, and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Wilson joined theJimmie 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," the latter being a big influence onStan Kenton's recording "Intermission Riff." In addition to leading his band, Wilson has written arrangements for others including Sarah VaughanRay CharlesJulie LondonDizzy GillespieElla FitzgeraldBenny CarterLionel HamptonBillie HolidayDinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson to name a few.

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