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Gerald Wiggins
American pianist

Gerald Wiggins

Gerald Wiggins
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Intro American pianist
Was Musician Pianist Jazz musician
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 12 May 1922, New York City
Death 13 July 2008, Los Angeles (aged 86 years)
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Biography

Gerald Foster Wiggins, Sr. (May 12, 1922 – July 13, 2008) was a jazz pianist and organist.

Early life

Wiggins was born in New York City on May 12, 1922. He studied classical music, but switched to jazz in his teens.

Later life and career

Wiggins began as a professional playing accompaniment to comedian Stepin Fetchit. Wiggins worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. He was in the military from 1944 to 1946. In the 1940s he moved to Los Angeles, where he played music for television and film. He also worked with singers like Lena Horne (1950–51), Kay Starr, and Eartha Kitt. In 1960 his best recording as an organist appeared, Wiggin' Out, known for the quality of its music and fresh, clear sound. He recorded only another LP at the organ with saxophonist Teddy Edwards. "In the 1960s he worked as a music director and vocal coach in film studios."

Wiggins was perhaps best known for his trio, with other members Andy Simpkins and Paul Humphrey, among others. He also appeared in an episode of 227, and an episode of Moesha, in both cases he played a pianist. "He appeared regularly at American jazz parties and festivals and occasionally at Japanese and European festivals and was in demand for recording sessions."

Wiggins died in Los Angeles on July 13, 2008, aged 86.

Playing style

His recordings for Concord Records "demonstrate his firm touch, all-round musicianship, and sense of swing."

Selected discography

As leader/co-leader

  • Wiggin' with Wig (1956) Dig
  • Relax and enjoy it! (1956) Contemporary
  • Collections (Intro, 1957) with Red Norvo, Art Pepper and Joe Morello
  • Reminiscin' with Wig (1957) Fresh Sound
  • The King and I (1957) Challenge
  • Music from "Around the world in 90 days" in modern jazz (1957) Specialty
  • Wiggin' out (1960) Hi-Fi Jazz (as organist)
  • Memory Lane (1964) Ava
  • Wig is here (1977) Black and Blue
  • A beautiful friendship (1977) Black and Blue
  • Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (1990) Concord
  • Soulidarity (1995) Concord

As sideman

With Benny Carter

  • Cosmopolite (Norgran, 1954)

With Buddy Collette

  • Tanganyika (Dig, 1956)
  • Man of Many Parts (Contemporary, 1956)
  • Everybody's Buddy (Challenge, 1957)
  • Porgy & Bess (Interlude 1957 [1959])

With Tal Farlow

  • Autumn In New York (1954; Verve)

With Mel Brown

  • Chicken Fat (Impulse!, 1967)

With Teddy Edwards

  • Heart & Soul (Contemporary, 1962)

With Paul Horn

  • House of Horn (Dot, 1957)

With Illinois Jacquet

  • Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra (Verve, 1956)

With Gerald Wilson

  • Jessica (Trend, 1983)

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