4th Annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award: Gerald Wilson Featuring the Anthony Wilson Nonet
LACMA and the Los Angeles Jazz Society proudly present the fourth annual L.A. Jazz Treasure Award to living jazz legend Gerald Wilson. Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939, replacing its star trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver, and contributed numbers to the band's book. In addition to leading his own band, Wilson has written arrangements for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson, to name a few. Wilson also helped lead celebrations of the Monterey Jazz Festival's twentieth and fortieth anniversaries with his specially commissioned works. Honoring his father's legacy, Wilson's son, Anthony, and his Nonet will perform music from Wilson's historic career. Opening the concert will be Max Lesser, the L.A. Jazz Society's Shelly Manne Memorial New Talent Award winner.
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