|Birth name||Gerald Foster Wiggins|
|Born||May 12, 1922|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 13, 2008 (aged 86)|
Encino, California, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
Gerald Foster Wiggins, Sr. (May 12, 1922 – July 13, 2008) was a jazz pianist and organist.
Later life and career
Wiggins began as a professional career as a musician accompanying 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 another LP at the organ with saxophonist Teddy Edwards. "In the 1960s he worked as a music director and vocal coach in film studios," including "a lengthy stint as vocal coach for Marilyn Monroe."
Wiggins was known for his trio with 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." Late in his career, Wiggins recorded for Concord Records which according to The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz "demonstrate his firm touch, all-round musicianship, and sense of swing."
- Wiggin' with Wig (Dig, 1956)
- Relax and Enjoy It! (Contemporary, 1956)
- Collections (Intro, 1957) with Red Norvo, Art Pepper and Joe Morello
- Reminiscin' with Wig (Fresh Sound, 1957)
- The King and I ( Challenge, 1957)
- Music from "Around the World in 80 days" in Modern Jazz (Specialty 1958)
- Wiggin' out (Hi-Fi Jazz 1960) – as organist
- Memory Lane (Ava 1964)
- Wig is here (Black and Blue 1977)
- A beautiful friendship (Black and Blue 1977)
- Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Eight (Concord 1990)
- Soulidarity (Concord 1995)
- Gerry Wiggins and friends (Madwig Music 2002)
With Mel Brown
- Chicken Fat (Impulse!, 1967)
With Red Callender
- The Lowest (MetroJazz, 1958)
With Benny Carter
- Aspects (United Artists, 1959)
With Buddy Collette
- Tanganyika (Dig, 1956)
- Man of Many Parts (Contemporary, 1956)
- Everybody's Buddy (Challenge, 1957)
- Porgy & Bess (Interlude 1957 )
With Harry Edison
With Teddy Edwards
- Heart & Soul (as organist) (Contemporary, 1962)
With Tal Farlow
- Autumn In New York (Norgran 1954)
With Paul Horn
- House of Horn (Dot, 1957)
With Illinois Jacquet
- Illinois Jacquet and His Orchestra (Verve, 1956)
With Cal Tjader
- Cal Tjader Quartet (Fantasy, 1956)
With Gerald Wilson
- Jessica (Trend, 1983)
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