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The Music of Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, October 6 will be  “The Music of Dizzy Gillespie.”  Trumpeter, raconteur, composer and sometime vocalist John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was one of the founding fathers of the jazz style known as bebop, a style whose variants remain the main jazz style today.  Bebop influenced many other music genres, including film scoring and bluegrass.  Dizzy also was instrumental in bringing Latin rhythms into jazz.  We will play music recorded between the years 1939 and 1987, along with some of his compositions played by others.  In addition to Gillespie, Woody Herman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, George Shearing, Judy Niemack, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Jackie and Roy, the Ray Brown Trio and Mongo Santamaria will be heard.

The Slide Show contains images of some of the artists heard on tonight's show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of October 21, 2019

Here is a wonderful video of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong playing "Umbrella Man" with Louis Armstrong on the 1959 Timex Jazz Show on CBS.  Dizzy Gillespie & Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl) Junior Mance (p) Sam Jones (b) Lex Humphries (d)

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Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.

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