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BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerry Mulligan’s birthday today! Gerry Mulligan grew up in Philadelphia and first learned piano, which he played occasionally. While in his teens, he wrote arrangements for Johnny Warrington’s radio band (1944) and played reed instruments professionally. After moving to New York in 1946, he joined Gene Krupa’s big band as staff arranger, attracting attention with his Disc Jockey Jump (1947)…

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