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Gerald Stanley Wilson (September 4, 1918 – September 8, 2014) was an American jazz trumpeter, big band leader, composer, arranger, and educator.

Wilson was born in Shelby, Mississippi, and went on to graduate from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Wilson joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939, replacing its star trumpeter and arranger Sy Oliver. While with Lunceford, he contributed numbers to the band's book, including Hi Spook and Yard-dog Mazurka, the first being influenced by Ellington's recording of Caravan… read more

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