A Tribute to Gerald Wilson

Date: 11.14.2014

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Gerald Wilson Orchestra

Soka Performing Arts Center presents

A Tribute to Gerald Wilson

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate Gerald Wilson’s 70-year career as a big band leader with this very special performance. Gerald's son and Grammy Award nominee Anthony Wilson will lead the Gerald Wilson Orchestra along with special guests in remembrance of our friend and jazz master.

Wilson was not only recognized as a great band leader, but also as an arranger, having written arrangements for the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. From time to time, Gerald Wilson seems like one of Los Angeles' better-kept secrets, an unusually skillful, imaginative, and charismatic bandleader who hasn't received his due outside the West Coast. His arrangements have distinctive, often complex voicings and harmonies, rooted in swing and bop, yet always forward-looking and energetic in tone. He likes to play around with structures, which contributes to the restless quality in much of his music, and being a bullfight aficionado, he was one of the first arrangers to make use of Spanish influences. He has been consistently able to attract top-rank musicians to his bands, who play with immaculate precision and brio for the flamboyantly gesticulating maestro.

Gerald Wilson passed away at his home on Monday, 9/8/2014 at the age of 96.

Tickets: $29.00/$25.00 Students and Seniors (62+)

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