"Detroit" Gary Wiggins career started at the age of 17 when he performed with his first band The Impacts which supported many singers from Detroit.
He played at the New York Apollo Theatre as well as at the T.P. Warner Theatre in Washington and toured across the US East Coast and Panama.
After that, he went to California for five years where he worked with legendary musicians like Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Johnny Heartsman, Roy Brown, Screaming J. Hawkins and Big Mama Thornton.
Following a stopover in Hawaii and back in Detroit, Wiggins arrived in Chicago in 1982 where he joined bands such as Lefty Dizz, Sugar Blue, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn and Pocketwatch Paul.
There, he met German pianist Christian Rannenberg with whom he founded the International Blues Duo (IBD), recorded three albums and toured across Europe along with artists such as Angela Brown, Valerie Wellington, Big Jay McNeely, Charlie Musslewhite, Johnny Copeland, Jeanne Carroll.
The International Blues Duo became an integral part of the jazz scene and played on festivals and radio shows.
Gary Wiggins came to Berlin in the early 1990s. Here, he founded the Detroit Gary Wiggins Group which recorded the CD "Time for Saxin'".
Wiggins was also inspired by the swing revival era and founded an orchestra playing music by Arnett Cobb, Red Prysock and other great tenor saxophonists.
In 1995, he performed the show "Saxman And The Ladies" in the Quai du Blues in Paris and became a demanded artist at the Caveau De La Huchette there.
After touring with The Dramatics and performing in such places as the Apollo in Harlem, the T.P. Warner Theater in Washington D.C. and tours through Panama, and the eastern coast of North America, Wiggins headed west and camped in California for five years. During this time he performed with musicians such as Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Johnny Heartsman, Roy Brown, Big Mama Thorton, and many other musicians on the West Coast music scene.
Gary Wiggins has been entertaining European music lovers, with his saxophone, for nearly two decades. Blues, Jazz, Soul, Dance, Slow Dance, Swing Dance, or sit down relax and listen with soft evergreens in the background is what the program can be made of.
Being one of the more colorful characters of the music scene the Saxman, standing tall at almost 2 meters, keeps the tradition and portrays a striking image people want to see, hear, and enjoy.