Gerald Wilson

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by Gerald Wilson

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4 September 1918, Shelby, Mississippi, USA. After starting out on piano, Wilson switched to trumpet while at Manassas high school. He studied formally at Cass Tech, Detroit, before joining Jimmie Lunceford in 1939, where he had the unenviable job of replacing Sy Oliver. Like Oliver, Wilson’s duties in the Lunceford band not only required him to play trumpet but also to write arrangements. He composed original material for the band, including ‘Hi Spook’ and ‘Yard Dog... Read more

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jazz
big band
cool jazz
trumpet
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