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Gerald Wilson

Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Born: September 4, 1918    

Gerald Wilson

Back in 1939, Gerald Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra as a trumpet soloist and an arranger. 66 years later, Wilson is still very active, having long been considered one of the top arrangers, composers and big band leaders in the history of jazz. 86 as of this writing, he has lost none of his enthusiasm, skills or creativity, and still manages to sound quite modern.

Throughout his career, Gerald Wilson has received incredible acclaim, including winning the Downbeat International Critics Poll both as a composer/arranger and for his big band, and winning the Paul Robeson Award, the NEA American Jazz Masters Fellowship, and a pair of American Jazz Awards. He has been elected to the Mississippi Jazz Hall of Fame, has had his life's work archived by the Library of Congress and has earned six Grammy® nominations. But his real legacy is his music itself....
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    Legacy

    Mack Avenue Records
    2011
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    Detroit

    Mack Avenue Records
    2009
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    Monterey Moods

    Mack Avenue Records
    2007
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    In My Time

    Mack Avenue Records
    2006
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    The Artist Selects

    Blue Note Records
    2005
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    In My Time

    Mack Avenue Records
    2005
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    New York, New Sound

    Mack Avenue Records
    2003
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Legacy

Mack Avenue Records (2011)

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Sep09 Gerald Wilson Orchestra!
Catalina Bar and Grill
Hollywood, CA
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“Veteran L.A.-based big-band leader Gerald Wilson, who first played Monterey in 1963, has been commissioned to write special pieces for the festival. This year's theme-and- variations model, “Monterey Moods,” is similar to 1997's ”Theme for Monterey.” In this case, Wilson comes from different arrangemental/compositional angles on a simple 10-measure theme, with accents designed to accommodate the mantra “Mon-ter-ey.” Needless to say, boosterist spirit was in the air, and more than usual, at this 50th bash.” — Josef Woodard, JazzTimes

“The legacy of Gerald Wilson and the Monterey Jazz Festival are closely linked...

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