Category Archives: Birthday Party

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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DIZZY GILLESPIE’s “NEW WAVE”, or: THE REAL BIRTH OF BOSSA NOVA

This is Dizzy, ‚live‘ at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1961, giving the real birth to bossa nova, months before Stan Getz’s and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba, and more than a year before the most famous bossa nova album got … 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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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

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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HAPPY 95th ANNIVERSARY, CHARLIE “BIRD” PARKER! ∽ RE: KLACT-OVEESEDS-TENE

PREFACE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT My special thanks goes to Doug Ramsey for having reminded me of Charlie Parker’s 92nd anniversary three years ago. Since I’m not too strong with such dates, I appreciate Doug’s (and everybody’s) reminder(s), and will gladly take the … Continue reading

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IT’s LADY DAY’s DAY TODAY: Happy 100th Anniversary Billie Holiday!

On November 27, 1933 Lady was “RIFFIN’ THE SCOTCH” with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It’s a bitty ditty novelty song, like so many she did during the 1930’s. Anyway, she dusted them odd songs off with her kind of relaxed phrasing; … Continue reading

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