Jiggs Whigham is an internationally acclaimed trombonist, band leader, and educator. This versatile performer was born Oliver Haydn Whigham III but was given the nickname Jiggs by his grandfather. He first came to the attention of critics and fans at 17 as featured soloist and first trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McKinley. He was first and solo trombonist with Stan Kenton and featured soloist with the Kurt Edelhagen Jazz Orchestra at the West German Broadcasting Company in Cologne, Germany in 1965.
In 1966, Whigham was awarded 1st Prize at the first competition for modern jazz in Vienna. Using Bonn, Berlin, and Cape Cod as home bases, he was named professor and head of the jazz department at Cologne University College of Music in 1979, the first appointment of its kind in Germany. In 1995, he was named "Professor for Life" and head of the jazz-popular music department at the "Hanns Eisler" College of Music in Berlin.
From 2000-2001 he was visiting professor at Indiana University. He was bandleader of the Swiss Radio Band and chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Radio Orchestra.
Whigham is currently conductor of the BBC Big Band in Great Britain and artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra. He is active as a soloist, conductor, and educator. During the week of the CWA Conference, Whigham is the visiting Roser Scholar at the College of Music.