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Gerry Wiggins

Gerry Wiggins discusses his time in New York

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Gerry Wiggins discusses his start with jazz and blues

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Gerry Wiggins discusses his time after the army

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Q: “Your youngest days were spent in New York, right?”

A: “New York was, you know, my home. I'm born and raised there. I really didn't get away to the '40s, you know, after the high school. Then I felt kind of adventurous I mean ... I didn't stay in California at first. I was always going back and forth and back and forth because I did a lot of work in Greenwich Village and clubs like Monroe's Uptown House in Harlem and mostly, you know, regular gigs in New York.”