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Gaynair was educated at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, where Joe Harriott , Harold McNair and Don Drummond were his classmates. He played in the clubs of Kingston as a sideman to visitors like George Shearing and Carmen McRae before emigrating to Europe, initially to London. He found most of the work in Germany and settled in the Rhineland. He first played in the quintet of George Maycock . Since 1964 he was a long-time member of Kurt Edelhagen's orchestra , with whom he also recorded. Then he worked for Peter Herbolzheimer .
As a band leader he recorded his first records in 1959 ( Blue Bogey ) and 1960 ( Africa Calling , with Shake Keane and Jeff Clyne , among others ) while staying in England . An LP with the rock jazz group Third Eye followed in 1977; with Ali Haurand, who was involved, as well as Allan Botschinsky and Rob van den Broeck , another album was created in 1982 under his name, Alpharian .
Gaynair also played with Gil Evans , Freddie Hubbard , Shirley Bassey , Manhattan Transfer , Bob Brookmeyer, and Mel Lewis ; He can also be heard on albums by Charly Antolini , Francis Coppieters , Greetje Kauffeld , Rick Kiefer , Horace Parlan ( One for Wilton ), Fatty George and Alan Skidmore . He was also active as a studio musician . A stroke that he suffered during a concert in September 1983 meant that he could no longer work as a saxophonist.
His son Gregory Gaynair is an active pianist.
- Jürgen Wölfer : Jazz in Germany. The encyclopedia. All musicians and record companies from 1920 until today. Hannibal, Höfen 2008, ISBN 978-3-85445-274-4 .
- Review of Africa Calling (English)
- Wilton Gaynair at Discogs (English)
- Alpha Boys School
- Wilton Gaynair at Allmusic (English)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Gaynair, Bogey (nickname)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Jamaican jazz musician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 11, 1927|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Kingston (Jamaica)|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 13, 1995|
|Place of death||Cologne|