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Gerald Wiggins

Gerald Wiggins, born in Harlem, is a jazz pianist and organist. He studied classical, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit. He has worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to Los Angeles where he played music for television and film. He has also worked with singers like Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eartha Kitt. It was Wig that taught Marilyn Monroe how to sing for her movie roles. He is perhaps best known for his trio, the other two members being Andy Simpkins and Paul Humphrey

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

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Art Pepper: The Art Pepper Quartet

Read "The Art Pepper Quartet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Omnivore Records has struck up a dandy relationship with Laurie Pepper and the Art Pepper Estate, resulting in an impressive discography, that when coupled with Laurie Pepper's own Widow's Taste Records, has provided fans many hours of previously unreleased music. First released by the label was the 2015 Neon Art Series: Volume 1, Volume 2, and ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerald Wiggins' birthday today! Gerald Wiggins, born in Harlem, is a jazz pianist and organist. He studied classical, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit. He has worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to Los ...

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Live At The Jazz Bakery

Featuring the music of Gerald Wiggins
Duration: 4:27

Featuring {Hassan Shakur}} on bass (also on It's About Time(the new album from drummer and percussionist {{Jacob Melchior}} (Jacob Melchior, 2010)
NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerald Wiggins' birthday today! JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE DAY Gerald WigginsGerald Wiggins, born in Harlem, is a jazz pianist and organist. He studied classical, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit... more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Betty Bryant: No Regrets

Read "No Regrets" reviewed by Dee Dee McNeil

Fondly referred to as the “Cool Miss B," Betty Bryant is a native of Kansas City who relocated to Los Angeles in 1955. One of a thimble full of stalwart female pianists and vocal stylists, Bryant packed the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood in November, 2009 to celebrate the release of her appropriately titled No Regrets ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerald Wiggins

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerald Wiggins' birthday today! JAZZ MUSICIAN OF THE DAY Gerald WigginsGerald Wiggins, born in Harlem, is a jazz pianist and organist. He studied classical, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit... more ...

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It's the Economy, Man!

Read "It's the Economy, Man!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Even though the present (and future) state of the economy here in the States is no laughing matter, there has been at least one tongue-in-cheek article about jazz musicians seeking bailout money from Congress and the Bush administration (still in power when it was written last December). It's presented as a straight “news" story, but musicians' ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Gerald Wiggins Public Memorial Set

Gerald Wiggins Public Memorial Set

Tribute to jazz pianist Gerald Wiggins set for July 28th in Los Angeles A public memorial tribute to jazz pianist Gerald Wiggins is scheduled for 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 28 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. Wiggins died July 13 at age 86. Continue for LA Times Full ...


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