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Ernie Wilkins

Primary Instrument: Arranger

Born: July 20, 1922 | Died: June 5, 1999    

Ernest Brooks Wilkins Jr. was a jazz arranger and writer who also played tenor saxophone. He might be best known for his work with Count Basie. He also wrote for Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Dizzy Gillespie. In addition to that he was musical director for albums by Cannonball Adderley, Dinah Washington, Oscar Peterson, and Buddy Rich.

In his early career he had played in a military band before joining Earl Hines's last big band. In 1951 he began working with Basie. After 1955 he went free-lance as a jazz arranger and writer of songs as he was much in demand at that time. His success declined in the 1960s, but revived after work with Clark Terry. This led to his touring Europe....
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Awards

1981 Ben Webster Prize
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    Ernie Wilkins In Belgrade With Sextet Gut-Marković

    Sheer Sound
    1984
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    Screaming Mothers

    JVC
    1974
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    Flutes & Reeds

    JVC
    1955
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    Top Brass Featuring Five Trumpets

    JVC
    1955
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    Flutes And Reeds

    JVC
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