Category Archives: Anniversary

DIZZY’s big P.S. to his kinda BOSSA NOVA – 1966

Another fantastic rendition of “No More Blues” (a.k.a. Chega de Saudade) has been broadcasted by BBC2 as part of their “Jazz 625” series in August 1966, featuring Dizzy Gillespie (tp) James Moody (as/ fl) Kenny Baron (p) Christopher White (b) … Continue reading

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THE DIZZY GILLESPIE QUINTET in ITALY, 1960

This is a superb set, presenting everything from, err, plain bebop to latin rhythms and also some fun vocal. Birks was at the peak of his creative powers then, and there was no one on the planet – at this … Continue reading

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JIVIN’ IN BE-BOP (1947)

Jivin’ In Be-Bop (1947) Learn more HERE. Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra: Dave Burns, Dizzy Gillespie, Elmon Wright, Matthew McKay, Ray Orr (tp) Taswell Baird, Bill Shepherd (tb) Howard Johnson, John Brown (as) George “Big Nick” Nicholas, Joe Gayles (ts) … Continue reading

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DIZZY QUOTES & FROGS ;)

Learn more HERE. My favorite quote by John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie: “As a musician you have to keep one foot back in the past and have one foot forward into the future.” This sounds almost like my personal motto: “Forward … Continue reading

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Have A Boppin’ 100th Anniversary, Mr. John Birks Gillespie! — The Story of „How I Met The Great Dizzy Gillespie“

Prologue I hope you didn’t think I was playing with Diz? — That’s absolutely not the case. It was in May 1990 where I met him at first for just the seconds it took to present him a demo-cassette of … Continue reading

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If it weren’t reserved for Pres, it would have been his unique feature: Coolness — HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY, MITCH!

Not many words, just a couple of links for further reading, watching and listening. Enjoy! — One of my favorite films with Bob Mitchum is Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957). — On Robert Mitchum in the Los Angeles Times (August … Continue reading

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Belated Happy 100th Birthday, Harry James!

You’re a great inspiration, nevertheless, you made many of us trumpeters sound like amateurs. There was never, and there will never be another you. Although your label Columbia treated your enormous and hit-loaded recorded output between 1938 & 1954 like … Continue reading

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