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That Dizzy Cat - Dizzy Gillespie (1945 - 1948)

Read "That Dizzy Cat - Dizzy Gillespie (1945 - 1948)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Dizzy Gillespie grew up professionally playing in the big bands of Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine and writing for Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. The wartime economy with its shortages and the musician's strike of the early 1940s led Gillespie to focus on small combos for his own projects, including his seminal collaborations with Charlie Parker in 1945—1946. However, Dizzy returned whenever he could to the big band format and by mid-1946 he was fronting the ...

RADIO

The Birth of Bebop (1939 - 1945)

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"By the early 1940s... a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggressive pursuit of instrumental virtuosity, and an increasingly adventurous harmonic language."--Scott Deveaux Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins -the pioneers of Bebop. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Cab Calloway and his Orchestra. “Pickin the Cabbage" from Cab Calloway-- The Chu & Dizzy Years (Hep) 3:23 Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra. “Little ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Dizzy Gillespie: Concert Of The Century

Read "Concert Of The Century" reviewed by Mark E. Gallo

This superb album was recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in November of 1980. All of the principals have passed on, so it's that much more of a treat. Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie fronted the group of Ray Brown (bass), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Hank Jones (piano), Philly Joe Jones (drums) and James Moody (tenor sax and flute), and the few thousand folks in attendance must have been delirious with joy. What a magnificent collection of musical geniuses. The tribute ...

JAZZ RACONTEURS

As Dizzy's World Turns

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Master raconteur, award winning jazz broadcaster and Downbeat contributor, Michael Bourne recounts a series of remarkable stories about Dizzy Gillespie based on experiences that stretch over a couple of decades. Embodying Bobop I happened to be at home in jny: St. Louis when Dizzy Gillespie was playing at this new jazz joint near the baseball park, called The Gourmet Rendezvous, owned by jazz DJ Spider Burks, so I went. I was still relatively new at Downbeat ...

MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

In Praise of Liner Notes

Read "In Praise of Liner Notes" reviewed by Marc Davis

Joni Mitchell was onto something. You don't miss liner notes until you don't have them. I admit: Many liner notes leave me cold, for two reasons. First, they're way too detailed, especially in jazz. Every take has to be scrupulously annotated. Who played third trumpet in that big band? Was that Bird's second or third take? Was that recorded in 1943 or 1944? Phooey. Second, the actual commentary tends to be syrupy. Has anyone ...

REASSESSING

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy’s Big 4

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Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy's Big 4 OJC 1975/2013 Concord Music Group kicked off their Pablo Records 40th anniversary celebration with the releases of John Coltrane: Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo, 1963/2013) and Sarah Vaughan: Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook (Pablo,2013) both supplemented by improved programming. These releases have been followed by additional straight remasters of: Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers (Pablo, 1975/2013), Art Tatum: Solo Masterpieces, Volume 1 (Pablo, 1975/2013), and, now, Dizzy's Big ...

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Dizzy Gillespie: Four Classic Albums

Read "Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was one of the few jazz musicians equally adept (and influential) in small groups and fronting big bands. After the bebop heyday, he spent the fifties equally divided between smaller groups and a larger orchestra. His days as a bebop pioneer and a developer of Afro-Cuban music behind him, he now had a new role: ambassador. The sessions covered by this compilation come from around the time that Gillespie led a crack big band for a State ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dizzy Gillespie: I'm Beboppin Too & The Cool World

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Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big BandI'm BeBoppin' Too Half Note2009 Dizzy GillespieThe Cool WorldPhilips-Verve2009 The legacy of Dizzy Gillespie's pioneering bebop big band could not be served better than by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the successor to the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band that featured Jon Faddis. Since his departure the band ...

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Dizzy Gillespie: Showtime at The Spotlite

Read "Showtime at The Spotlite" reviewed by George Kanzler

Clark Monroe's Uptown House in Harlem was an incubator of bebop, so it wasn't a surprise that Monroe gave Dizzy Gillespie a venue for reviving his big band at the short-lived (1944 to early 1947) 52nd Street club, The Spotlite, in 1946. Two CDs capture two sets toward the end of that historic engagement in June, as recorded by Jerry Newman, the same intrepid fan who recorded gestational bebop after-hours jams at Uptown House and Minton's Playhouse in Harlem earlier ...

PROFILES

Dizzy Gillespie: Bebop Birthday

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The bent trumpet, the beret, the horn-rimmed glasses and ballooning cheeks when he played--these alone are enough to identify trumpeter, bandleader, singer and composer “Dizzy" Gillespie. Born John Birks Gillespie in rural Cheraw, South Carolina on October 21st, 1917, he was the youngest of nine children. His father was a musician, so he was exposed to music and was able to obtain a working knowledge of several instruments--he was playing piano at the age of four, started on trombone at ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Dizzy Gillespie Big Band: Showtime at the Spotlite

Read "Showtime at the Spotlite" reviewed by David Rickert

Dizzy Gillespie's big band fused the intricacies of bebop with the high-powered riffing into a short lived but exciting outfit. This concert, recorded on 52nd Street in 1946, is one of few occasions to hear the trumpeter's band live and in its prime. A word of caution, though: this CD is a result of amateur taping (by Jerry Newman, no less) and the usual limitations occur, although the sound quality is very good and not too distracting. ...

JAZZ ART

John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Dizzy Gillespie

Read "John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Dizzy Gillespie" reviewed by John Taylor

Dizzy Gillespie About John Taylor For me, art and music flow into a creative confluence. Encouraged by my family to draw and play the drums at an early age, I continue to find expression in these art forms.Motivation for a career in art and music developed in the 1960's as I observed theme park caricaturists at work and listened to recordings of the inimitable Buddy Rich. Gifted editorial caricaturist, David Levine, also ...


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