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Gerald Wiggins
Gerasld (* 1922 in New York City) studied classical music, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to comedian Stepin Fetchit. Wiggins worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. 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 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 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 2008.
 
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Discography
Illinois Jacquet And His Orchestra
Clef Records - MG C-676
released 1957
Illinois Jacquet, tenor sax
Harry "Sweets" Edison, trumpet
Irving Ashby, guitar
Carl Perkins, piano
Gerald Wiggins, organ
Curtis Counce, bass
Al Bartee, drums
Wiggin' Out
HiFi Jazz SJ 618
released 1960
Gerald Wiggins, organ
Harold Land, tenor sax
Jackie Mills, drums
Heart And Soul
Original Jazz Classics OJC-17
released 1960
Teddy Edwards, tenor sax
Gerald Wiggins, organ
Leroy Vinnegar, bass
Milt Turner, drums
One For My Baby
Pablo Records 2310-936
recorded December 1988
Joe Pass, guitar
Plas Johnson, tenor sax
Gerald Wiggins, organ, piano
Andy Simpkins, bass
Albert 'Tootie' Heath, drums

 
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