Category Archives: Celebration

30 YEARS AGO (Friday the 13th, 1988): CHET BAKER DIES IN AMSTERDAM — Memories Of A Trumpet Colleague (Update)

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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Update: THE MAIDS OF CADIZ (Les filles de Cadix) – An old French song revisited by Benny Goodman & Miles Davis with Gil Evans

This beautiful melody by French composer Léo Delibes should be the fitting musical preface for the last and late Summer’s versions of “Summertime”. First comes the Benny Goodman Sextet with an almost forgotten interpretation of the song: The Maids Of … Continue reading

Posted in Benny Goodman, Celebration, Dedication, Exoticism, Miles Davis, Poetry, Vielfalt

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

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

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