Gerald was born in Durban South Africa into a musical family and was introduced to the world of Jazz at a very young age. His father, Noel Stockton, an accomplished arranger and Jazz pianist exposed him to the wonderfully ground breaking sounds of Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie and the like from the moment he could walk.
This indoctrination led Gerald to follow his dream and embark on an ambitious and exciting career in music, which led ultimately to his decision to leave South Africa and emigrate to the USA in order to pursue that dream.
After a lucrative career playing gigs and recording sessions in Johannesburg on bass, trombone and drums, Gerald applied for and was accepted to the University of North Texas, and in 1979 began his pursuit of a B Mus. Degree in Jazz Studies. During his tenure at UNT he was ultimately chosen to play bass in the world-renowned One o’ Clock Lab Band and spent an exciting year playing and recording with that esteemed organization. The G Man is to this day, the only South African to hold that distinct honor. A highlight of his time with the One o’ Clock was a live performance with the world acclaimed sax player, Michael Brecker.
After graduating in 1984, Gerald began a worldwide tour playing bass with singer Andy Williams, which included two command performances for both Presidents Reagan and Bush at the White House.
Stockton finally settled down in Dallas and began what was to become a highly successful career in the local studio and gigging scene. He was hired by TM Communications under the great Tom Merriman and for many years wrote and produced countless Radio and TV Jingles, commercials and documentaries many of which can be heard both nationally and World wide. His production skills include not only midi but extensive use of “live” orchestration as well.
Today the G Man lives in Orlando with his wonderfully loving and supportive wife Avryl and is still actively involved in the local gigging and recording scene. He can occasionally be heard playing live with the house band at Disney’s Grand Floridian and recently completed the music score to a made for TV movie called “Back on Badstreet”.
Gerald has recently released two brand new CD's: “My Gentle Breeze” and "A New Dawn" both of which comprise his original compositions featuring a Who’s-Who of American Jazz legends including Dan Haerle, Pete Brewer, Dan Jordan, Steve Wiest, Michael Waldrop, Pat Coil, Kendall Kay, Bud Guin, Rodney Booth, Ron Jones, Sam Zambito, Avryl Stockton, Abby Holmes, Bruce Cassidy, Keith Jourdan, Dave Butler, Elton Reyes and Phil Kelly.