Category Archives: Celebration

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 GILLESPIE & “MANTECA”

Posted in Celebration, coolness, Cubop, Dedication, Dizzy Gillespie, Francy Boland, Free Style, It's been a ball!, Jazz History Lecture, Jazz Standard, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Manteca

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

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

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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