May 2013 — Great Latin Music
Recorded in Havana in 1985. The trumpet maestros are accompanied by Walter Davis Jr. on the piano and Sayyd Abdul al-Khabbyr on the baritone sax.
23 March 2013 — Jazz on the Tube
Recorded at a time when Diz was fronting his fabled post-war big band featuring jazz greats such as pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson or bassist Ray Brown, this concert film catches the irrepressible trumpeter in top artistic form. In a format that was typical of the day, dancing acts and singers such as Helen Humes or Kenny ‘Pancho’ Hagood were featured alongside the headlining Gillespie Orchestra. More than fifty years have passed, but watching Diz and his men enthusiastically attack bop classics such as Salt Peanuts, Shaw ‘Nuff or Things To Come still makes for wonderful viewing. All clips have been selected from the 1947 ling feature Jivin’ In Be-Bop.
7 January 2013 — Jazz on the Tube
Luciano Pozo González, better known as Chano Pozo was born on January 7, 1915 in Havana, Cuba. He was the first in a long line of Latin percussionists in Dizzy Gillespie‘s various bands. Dizzy’s dozens of Latin-flavored compositions, including the hit song “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo” (both co-written by Pozo), “Fiesta Mojo” and others – have Afro-Cuban drumming derived from the ritual rhythms of West Africa as their rhythmic backbones. Despite a short stint in Dizzy’s band abbreviated by Chano’s early death, Pozo’s influence could be felt in Dizzy’s playing and compositions for decades, which Dizzy acknowledged without hesitation. percussionist. Continue reading
Charlie Parker, alto sax; Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Dick Hyman, piano; Sandy Block, bass; Charles Smith, drums.
28 July 2011 — Jazz on the Tube
Jazzfestival Bern, Switzerland 1985, Dizzy Gillespie (tp), James Moody (ts), Gene Harris (p), Ray Brown (b), Grady Tate (d)
This 1952 performance on columnist Earl Wilson’s television show is the only real performance footage of Parker. Pianist Dick Hyman, bassist Sandy Block and left-handed drummer Charlie Smith back them up on “Hot House.”