Jiggs Whigham

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Oliver Haydn Whigham III, 20 August 1943, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Whigham studied extensively as a young man, learning trombone, harmony and composing. In the early 60s he joined the Glenn Miller band led by Ray McKinley, remaining until the middle of the decade. He was then briefly with Stan Kenton before joining Kurt Edelhagen in Germany. Whigham decided to stay on in Germany, freelancing and teaching throughout the 70s and into the early 80s, eventually becoming a member of the faculty of the Cologne Music School. He also recorded The Third Stone with Bill Holman and the West German Radio big band. In the mid- to late 80s Whigham occasionally toured as a single, visiting the UK and recording with Vic Lewis. He also made some appearances in duo with Mundell Lowe. Technically faultless, Whigham exudes power tempered with finesse and is greatly respected by his fellow musicians.

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