Ernie Wilkins

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Birthday
20, 1919
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jun 5, 1999 (79)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
20, 1919
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Jun 5, 1999 (79)

About

Jazz composer and arranger who is known for his collaborations with Count Basie. He formed the Almost Big Band in Denmark during his final years.

Before Fame

He started off his musical career by performing with a military band and then played with one of Earl Hines's big bands.

Trivia

His orchestral arrangements on Alice Clark's 1972 album are considered to be legendary.

Family Life

His wife Jenny inspired him to start the Almost Big Band in Copenhagen.

Associated With

Wilkins collaborated with Clark Terry after his first wave of success as a musician.