Category Archives: Anniversary

BELATED HAPPY 80th ANNIVERSARY BENNY GOODMAN & FRIENDS AT CARNEGIE HALL, January 16, 1938!

While some folks think that all has been said about this significant event in jazz history, here are some things you might not know. One of my fellow bloggers, Mr. Eric Bogart, has detected one of two little details, only … Continue reading

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Update: SONNY ROLLINS’ “AIREGIN” is about “ORIGIN” is about “OXYGEN” is about “NIGERIA”

I guess that headline sums it up what Sonny subconsciously wanted to tell us with “Airegin” which is one of his greatest hits beside “St. Thomas”, “Oleo”, and “Doxy”. Here it is in its initial performance, as played by the … Continue reading

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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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