The Jazz Session #318: Gerald Wilson (Part 1)

Composer and bandleader Gerald Wilson’s new CD is Legacy (Mack Avenue Records, 2011). This is part one of a two-part conversation. In this episode, Gerald Wilson talks about growing up in the South and listening to music with his brother; his move to Detroit to attend an arts high school; his early days as a professional musician; his time with Jimmie Lunceford and his first arrangements; and the beginning of his time in the Navy. Learn more at

Author: Jason Crane

3 thoughts on “The Jazz Session #318: Gerald Wilson (Part 1)

  1. Jason,
    This interview is quite wonderful, filled with fascinating anecdotes about a time that many jazz listeners know so little about. Like you, I could have listened for another 90 minutes or more.

    Thanks so much,

  2. Jason,

    This was one of my favorite interviews (although you were a little hard-pressed to get a word in) and certainly underscores why I am a member and supporter of the show.

    Keep it up!

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