Dizzy Gillespie 'Salt Peanuts' and more…

23 March 2013Jazz 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.

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Chano Pozo & Dizzy Gillespie 'Manteca'

7 January 2013Jazz 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