Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:32

A Bandleader To The End-Gerald Wilson: 1928-2014

Only a handful of bandleader-arrangers who successfully transitioned from the Big Band Era of the 30's and 40's to the late 20th and early 21st Century. Many are now gone: Duke Ellington, Nelson Riddle, Billy Strayhorn, Pete Rugolo, Tadd Dameron, Benny Carter, Billy Strayhorn and Gil Evans come to mind. While Quincy Jones remains, last week, on September 8, just four days after his 96th birthday, another giant who straddled those eras passed on: Gerald Wilson: trumpeter, bandleader, composer and arranger extraordinaire. 

Published in Get Rhythm