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That Dizzy Cat - Dizzy Gillespie (1945 - 1948)

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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 first of several financially challenging but musically groundbreaking big bands. We are joined in this hour by John D'Earth -trumpet player, composer, recording artist and educator on the performance faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars. "Salt Peanuts" from Bebop Story: Vol. 011, Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Vol. 1 (1945) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 2:11
  • Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars. "Hot House" from Bebop Story: Vol. 011, Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker Vol. 1 (1945) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 5:25
  • Host speaks 8:29
  • Dizzy Gillespie and His All Stars. "Shaw 'Nuff" from Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 11:18
  • Host speaks 14:18
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "A Night in Tunisia" from The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Disc 1) (RCA) 15:00
  • Host speaks 18:05
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Cubana Be" from The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Disc 1) (RCA) 20:15
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Cubana Bop" from The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Disc 1) (RCA) 22:56
  • Host speaks 26:12
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Manteca" from The Norton Jazz Collection (Norton) 29:34
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Algo Bueno (Woody'n You)" from The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (Disc 1) (RCA) 32:32
  • Host speaks 35:32
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Ool-Ya-Koo" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 37:42
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "Oo Bop Sh'Bam" from Showtime at the Spotlite, 52nd Street New York City, June 1946 (Uptown) 43:43
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra. "'Round Midnight" from Showtime at the Spotlite, 52nd Street New York City, June 1946 (Uptown) 47:00
  • Host Outro 53:53

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