Roland Wiggins: Philadelphia born; student of Henry Cowell and Vincent Persichetti at Juilliard; theorist; educator (UMass, Amherst, Hampshire College, University of Virginia. Wiggins did a systematic study of statistical tonal tendencies in an effort to gain a general insight into tonal behavior. He is an expert on esoteric music theory, including various synthetic structures (tonal clusters, synthetic scales, strata harmony) and was influential among jazz musicians in the 1960s, 1970s. Wiggins was a thesis advisor to Yusef Lateef and Billy Taylor, teacher to Coltrane (late, around Interstellar Space), Sonny Fortune, Donald Byrd and Kenny Barron. He is a vastly underappreciated and modest fellow, overshadowed by lesser self-promoting educators. If you want to learn a lot about Roland's ideas, you can find a lot of it digested in Yusef Lateef's "Repository of Scale and Melodic Patterns." From:
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