Gerald Joseph Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996), also known as Jeru, was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though primarily known as one of the leading jazz baritone saxophonists–playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz–Mulligan was also a significant arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. His pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the best cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. Several of his compositions, such as “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Five Brothers”, have become standards.
Gil Evans Miles Davis Chet Baker Lee Konitz Paul Desmond Billy Taylor Ben Webster Duke Ellington Stan Getz Dave Brubeck Bob Brookmeyer Zoot Sims Claude Thornhill Stan Kenton Astor Piazzolla
Gerald Joseph Mulligan
Jazz cool jazz third stream
Musician composer arranger
United States of America