Gerald Wilson

Gerald Wilson was among the great arrangers of jazz, beginning back in the swing era when he worked for the famed Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. He established a distinctive style rich in melodic phrases and tasty rhythms, which stood out among the most stylish jazz arrangements. The impressive list of those artists he worked with is equaled only to that of the list of those who loved and respected him as a gentleman and as a musician. Among his many fans was fellow arranger Sammy Nestico who remarked, “Gerald is a gifted and giving composer who constantly crafts golden music.”  

Interview Date:
March 19, 2004
Date of Birth:
September 4, 1918
Deceased Date:
September 8, 2014
Job Title:
Composer, Musician

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