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Dizzy Gillespie


John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark "swollen cheeks", Gillespie admitted to copying the style of trumpeter Roy Eldridge early in his career. He replaced Eldridge in the 'Teddy Hill' Band after Eldridge's departure. He eventually began experimenting and creating his own style which would eventually come to the attention of Mario Bauza, the Godfather of Afro-Cuban jazz who was then a member of the Cap Calloway Orchestra, joining Calloway in 1939, Gillespie was fired after two years when he cut a portion of the Calloway's buttocks with a knife after Calloway accused him of throwing spitballs (the two men later became lifelong friends and often retold this story with great relish until both of their deaths). Although noted for his on and off-stage clowning, Gillespie endured as one of the founding fathers of the Afro-Cuban &/or Latin Hazz tradition


Soul & Salvation

Label: Liberation Hall
Released: 2024
Track listing: Stomped And Wasterd; Pot Licka; Blue Cuchifrito; Turnip Tops; The Fly Flox; Chicken Giblets; Casabah Melon; Clabber Biscuits; Rutabaga Pie; Turkey Fan.


News: Recording

Multi-Cultural AfroBlueGrazz Guitarist Pascal Bokar's 'I Can Tell' Drops Today

Multi-Cultural AfroBlueGrazz Guitarist Pascal Bokar's 'I Can Tell' Drops Today

An award-winning jazz composer, guitarist and vocalist, Dr. Pascal Bokar Thiam presents a global musical banquet from his native France to his Senegalese and Malian roots. Anchored in bebop, he has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Donald Byrd, Donald Bailey and Donald Brown. Pascal is the “father” of the funky, jazzy, bluesy, bluegrass-y, joyous and thoroughly infectious ...


Article: Profile

Benny Jones: Jazz History & More

Read "Benny Jones: Jazz History & More" reviewed by Thomas Cole

I was born and raised in the 6th Ward, which is called Tremé these days but these days I live near the Fairgrounds. My father was in the Eureka Brass Band and was very good friends with bot the Humphrey brothers--Willie and Percy. They had all played in different bands together as well as at Preservation ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cubana Be, Cubana Bop - Play Misty for Me

Read "Cubana Be, Cubana Bop - Play Misty for Me" reviewed by David Brown

This week, we start things off with some Afro-Cuban sounds from Bud Powell, Zaccai Curtis and Dizzy Gillespie. Next, a celebration of the birth of pianist Erroll Garner who would have been 103 today. Large band orchestral works from Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jihye Lee and Count Basie will follow before we check out some African sounds from ...


Article: Album Review

Jared Hall: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Jazz music has proliferated through generations traditionally by means of the oral tradition--meaning that knowledge is passed on by mentors, some by personal connection and others by more casual means. In modern times, this tradition lives alongside the jazz school phenomenon, where classrooms and studios incubate talent, while students inescapably still must pay their dues on ...


Article: Album Review

Kenny Dorham: From 'Round Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador Revisited

Read "From 'Round Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

In his mostly sane and admirable book Black Nationalism and the Revolution In Music (Pathfinder Press, 1970), Frank Kofsky describes Kenny Dorham as “house trained." The calculated insult attempts to conflate Dorham's respect for form and structure with an Uncle Tom outlook on the world. Some might say Dorham would have been justified in following (or, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Francesco Crosara: Jazz Journeys from Rome to Seattle

Read "Francesco Crosara: Jazz Journeys from Rome to Seattle" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines on jazz pianist, composer, and educator Francesco Crosara. Francesco was born and raised in jny: Rome, Italy, where both jazz and classical music came into his life early on, particularly through his mother, the influential jazz singer, broadcaster, and educator Lilian Terry. Lilian presented many of the most important names ...


Article: Album Review

Zaccai Curtis: Cubop Lives!

Read "Cubop Lives!" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Pianist Zaccai Curtis's recent album Cubop Lives! is a vibrant acknowledgement of the rich legacy of bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz offering a compelling blend that respects tradition while infusing it with a contemporary flair. Backed by a scintillating ensemble of top-flight exponents of the style, including bassist Luques Curtis, drummer Willie Martinez III, conguero Camilo Molina ...


Article: Album Review

Bob Mover / Walter Davis Jr.: The Salerno Concert

Read "The Salerno Concert" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Alto saxophonist Bob Mover and pianist Walter Davis Jr. embark on a captivating journey in a 1989 live concert from La Botteghelle, Salerno, Italy, which has now been released by Reel to Real Records. Appropriately entitled The Salerno Concert, it is a testament to their virtuosity and intuitive support. These two adherents of the bebop tradition ...


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