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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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New York, Jimmie Lunceford, the Great Lakes, and the First Gerald Wilson Orchestra

New York, Jimmie Lunceford, the Great Lakes, and the First Gerald Wilson Orchestra

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(p.21) Chapter 3 New York, Jimmie Lunceford, the Great Lakes, and the First Gerald Wilson Orchestra
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The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson
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Steven Loza

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816023.003.0003

This chapter focuses on Gerald Wilson's experience with the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra through the formation of his own and first orchestra. He joined Jimmie Lunceford in 1939, and it was Dizzy Gillespie who showed him the ropes around New York. He stayed with Lunceford's band for three years. They would play in all the big places, but they still could not stay in hotels across the country. In 1940, they were supposed to tour Europe. However, they received a letter from the State Department that said they wouldn't be able to leave because there was a war. They also toured the country and made the movie Blues in the Night in 1941.

Keywords:   Gerald Wilson, jazz musicians, Jimmie Lunceford, orchestra, Blues in the Night

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