WNCU Pays Tribute to Gerald Wilson

gwilson2Gerald Wilson was a leader of big bands since the early 40s. His complex voicings, hard swinging and bop style arrangements made his big band the ultimate experience for some of the top names in jazz. You will often see noted artists as part of his sections on many recordings.

Wilson started off playing trumpet in the Jimmy Lunceford band and also was a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s band and the Count Basie Orchestra.

In 1961, Wilson, as bandleader, partnered up with the Pacific Jazz recording label and had a string of hits. These bands had some of the most important players living on the west coast, like Harold Land, Teddy Edwards and Joe Pass.

In 2003, Wilson signed with Mack Avenue records and continued to record until his passing. His remarkable arrangements continue to amaze even the most educated musician. Who were always clamoring to be part of the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. At 95 years old, Wilson was still the top bandleader of our time.

WNCU is paying tribute to one of the legends of jazz. Gerald Wilson, bandleader, composer, arranger and trumpeter, our featured artist for December.