Category Archives: Bebop

R.I.P. Roy Hargrove (1969 – 2018)

It’s so very sad to learn that Roy Hargrove is gone. He was a real jazz man, a fantastic improvisor who loved to play it rough and risky. He really gave more than 100%, as he said in this video. … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Anniversary, Bebop, Celebration, Dedication, Dizzy Gillespie, It's been a ball!, Jazz History Lecture, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jive, Madness


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

Posted in 1917, Anniversary, Bebop, Celebration, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Kermit, Muppets Show

If you wanna learn something about John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie…

…feel free to watch this documentary from 1990. By the way, the tune at 18:15 is “Oop-Bop-Sh’Bam”. And Diz is eating most of the time 😉

Posted in Bebop, Birthday Party, Celebration, Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings

Bebop trumpeter HOWARD McGHEE: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out”

Trumpeter Howard McGhee, among young jazz adepts unjustly almost forgotten today, was a reliable man if you’re following his steadily flowing recorded output between 1942 & 1948, which were the heydays of the bebop era. And ‘Maggie’, so his nickname … Continue reading

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BREW LITE’s MADHATTAN FOUR on BIRD’s “BIG FOOT” — ‘Live’ @ Litho, October 16, 2010

Feel free to click to enlarge 😉 First a quote from my old blog: Some of countless blues now, “Big Foot”, as broadcasted live from the Royal Roost on December 11, 1948. I was speechless when I heard Charlie’s solo … Continue reading

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