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Gerald Wiggins

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Born: May 12, 1922 | Died: July 13, 2008    Primary Instrument: Piano

Gerald Wiggins

Gerald Wiggins, born in Harlem, is a jazz pianist and organist. He studied classical, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit. He has worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to Los Angeles where he played music for television and film. He has also worked with singers like Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eartha Kitt. It was Wig that taught Marilyn Monroe how to sing for her movie roles.

He is perhaps best known for his trio, the other two members being Andy Simpkins and Paul Humphrey. He also appeared in an episode of 227 and an episode of Moesha, in both cases playing a pianist....
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Source: Devra Hall

As a Leader

Wiggin’ with Wig
Dig
1956


Reminiscin’ with Wig
Motif
1957


Wiggin’ Out
Hi-Fi Jazz
1960


Relax and Enjoy it!
Contemporary
1961


Memory Lane
Ava
1964


Wig is Here
Black and Blue (Fr)
1974


A Beautiful Friendship
Black and Blue (Fr)
1974


Live at Maybeck Recital Hall
Concord
1990


Soulidarity
Concord
1995


Gerry Wiggins and Friends
Madwig Music
2002


Wiggins & Wiggins
Madwig Music
2007

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