Gerald Wiggins

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Birthday
12, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 13, 2008 (86)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
12, 1922
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jul 13, 2008 (86)

About

Nicknamed The Wig. He was a flexible and respected jazz artist who was known for his trio with bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Paul Humphrey.

Before Fame

His first professional gig was as an accompanist for pioneering black actor and comedian Stepin Fetchit.

Trivia

His collaborators included Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, and Jimmy Witherspoon.

Family Life

He fathered a son, J.J., who would become a bassist and take the name Hassan Shakur.

Associated With

He appeared in an episode of the sitcom 227 starring Marla Gibbs.

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