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The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson$
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Steven Loza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816023

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816023.001.0001

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The Pilgrimage of Youth

The Pilgrimage of Youth

(p.7) Chapter 2 The Pilgrimage of Youth
The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson

Steven Loza

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter details Gerald Wilson's early life and education. Wilson was born in a small town called Shelby in Mississippi. His mother could play the piano, read music, and played for the church. She started all of her children off on the piano, including Gerald. He talks about attending music school in Detroit and eventually joining Cecil Lee's band, which he describes a the best bad in the city. He describes working for writer Milt Buckner and his brother, Ted, a sax player who played with Jimmie Lunceford. Gerald also describes meeting Dizzy Gillespie, who would become his friend. He details working in black nightclubs in the black neighborhoods that blacks were not allowed to go to.

Keywords:   Gerald Wilson, jazz musicians, early life, education

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