The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial" | St. Louis Public Radio

The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial"

Sep 17, 2017

Jazz Unlimited for Septemner 17, 2017 will be “The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial.”  Jazz needs a Dizzy Gillespie for his audience communication skills and basic humanity.  We will celebrate his hundredth birthday, which will be in October, with a survey of the music in his career mainly from a time when he was playing at his best technically and imaginatively.  We will hear Dizzy with his own groups and big bands, Cab Calloway, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Jazz At the Philharmonic, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter and the Giants of Jazz Group.  Some of his compositions will be played and sung by Judy Niemack, Jackie and Roy, Ray Brown, Joey Alexander and Oscar Peterson.

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of September 25, 2017.

Here is a version of "Con Alma" played by the Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band in 1968 in France.