Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator. He was from Los Angeles. He began his career since the early 1940s. Wilson was born in Shelby, Mississippi.
|Birth name||Gerald Stanley Wilson|
|Born||September 4, 1918|
Shelby, Mississippi, USA
|Died||September 8, 2014 (aged 96)|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Occupation(s)||Trumpeter, bandleader, composer|
|Years active||1938 - 2014|
|Labels||Capitol, Pacific, Discovery|
|Associated acts||Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, Jimmy Lunceford|
Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939, replacing its star trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver. While with Lunceford, he contributed numbers to the band's book, including Hi Spook and Yard-dog Mazurka. Wilson has written arrangements for many other famous artists including Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Julie London, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and many more.
Wilson died on September 8, 2014 from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California at the age of 96.
- Richard S. Ginell (2011). "Gerald Wilson Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- Mack Avenue Artist Page
- The Legacy of Gerald Wilson - Panel Discussion on Detroit JazzStage - Jazz Extras
- "Twelve Essential Gerald Wilson Recordings" by Jeff Sultanof
- "Track Listing, Personnel & Recording Dates for The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of Gerald Wilson" at Mosaic Records
- Interview by Jason Crane (Part 1) from The Jazz Session Podcast Series
- Interview by Jason Crane (Part 2) from The Jazz Session Podcast Series