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Wilson, Herman

Val Wilmer

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2002 |
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Montego Bay, Jamaica, Aug 10, 1929). Jamaican trombonist, composer, and arranger. He started out playing light orchestral music, then joined Sonny Bradshaw’s bop band. In 1951 he traveled to Britain with the pianist Ozzie Da Costa. He worked in Germany for 18 months for the US Special Services and played in London with Tubby Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Dizzy Reece, Sammy Walker, Jiver Hutchinson, and Cab Kaye. After moving to Paris he worked with George Johnson, Peanuts Holland, Don Byas, Pierre Michelot, and Kenny Clarke; he also toured with Bill Coleman (1953–4, 1956). Wilson toured Italy with the European All-Stars (a sextet including Reece, Guy Lafitte, and Wallace Bishop), and on the French Riviera he joined the opera orchestra of the dancer Katherine Dunham. Based in Germany from 1957 to 1959, he was featured on stage and radio there, in Belgium, and in the Netherlands. As a leader he played in Poland, and in Vienna he introduced cool jazz to the city’s cafés and nightclubs. He wrote music for and performed in the film ...

Reference Entry.  392 words. 

Subjects: Jazz ; Contemporary Music

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