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Detroit Gary Wiggins

Gary Wiggins - on of the last Survivors of traditional Blues Saxophone

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Gary Wiggins nis having a long and successful career as a saxophonist. He is known for his soft tone and his very own soulful warm, energetic and recognizable Style to blow his Lupifaro Tenor Platinum Saxophone and Soprano. He also plays Alto Saxophone.

Gary crossed the globe bringing with him his personal sound and influence to the music of his culture. During a quarter century residing in Europe he has perform countless music festivals, jazz and blues clubs, many private events, television, radio, cinematic film, theater, and public speaking.

He had his first Saxophone at the age of 10 playing at the local Zion Congressional Church of God in Christ at Pastor Winans, head of the “Winans Family”. At the age of 14 years he was member of the Bobo Jenkins Blues Band.... Meanwhile he reached a legendary status, called “The God of Blues”, Paradiese-Bird, or “one of the most important black american Saxophonists living in Europe” by the press... Other famous musicians such as Till Brönner or Tommy Schneller refer to Gary as their inspiration and mentor! (Wikipedia)

He made his first recorded release on 45rpm (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLDU9zVlfgs#t=35) at the age of 17 with his band the Impacs. The Impacs were a backing band for several of the Detroit, Michigan R&B vocal groups. After touring with The Dramatics and performing in such places as the Apollo in Harlem, the T.P. Warner Theater in Washington D.C. and tours through Panama, and the eastern coast of North America, Wiggins headed west and camped in California for five years. During this time he performed with musicians such as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Johnny Heartsman, Roy Brown, Big Mama Thorton, and many other musicians on the West Coast music scene. His second Release was with Jimmy D. Scott “A pair and a spare” 1973, where he also played with Ken Knox (Chairman of the Board)

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Gary “Detroit” Wiggins, saxin the Soul of Jazz & Blues Die Presse (siehe Webseite) bezeichnete ihn bereits als ”Blues Gott”, “Paradiesvogel”, “Magier des Bluesrock”, und immer wieder als “Star des Abends”, denn Gary gilt als “Big Jay McNeelys bester Schüler” und “Ausnahmetalent mit unglaublicher Energie”, der das Publikum zu Standing Ovations und Begeisterungsströmen hinreißt.So zierte er schon mit Ben E. King das Cover eines Blues-Magazins. Im ”Blues Archiev” der University of Mississippi findet man ebenso Material zu ihm, wie in diversen Büchern über die Geschichte des Blues in Europa. Er wurde neben Beny Golsonn als einer von Arnett Cobbs ”beachtenswertesten Schülern” bezeichnet, die Frankfurter Rundschau beschreibt sein Saxophonspiel als “atemberaubend”. Seine einzigartige Spielweise und seine gamouröse Erscheinung machten ihn immer wieder zum Liebling der Musik-Presse in ganz Europa.Auch die internationale Presse zeigt sich beeindruckt: Michigan Chronicle und Chicago Reader empfinden sein Saxophonsoiel als “Ben-Webster-like”

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Berlin

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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