Dizzy Gillespie & Duke Ellington

John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, composer and, occasionally, singer. Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. 5.0/5

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Now I'm gonna go listen to Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis for days.
Duke Ellington at the piano as Dizzy Gillespie (seated behind Ellington) and others swing, 1943.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE JAZZ GREATS WHO WERE FREEMASONS Freemasonry and jazz are strange bedfellows. But in the 1950s, Freemasonry became a support network for musicians and the world’s largest fraternity for African-Americans. Some of the renowned African-American musicians to be inducted into the mysterious world of Freemasonry were Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, WC Handy, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Paul Robeson. Throughout history, Freemasonry has attracted musicians. Mozart is the obvious example. But in 18th-century London, a Lodge was established called the Lodge of the Nine Muses, which attracted a number of European musicians and artists, including J.C. Bach. For musicians and artists who were new to a city, the Masonic Lodge would have accorded them with an opportunity to meet fellow artists and network with people who might be able to give them work or help them find work. The same applied two centuries later, across the Atlantic. Musicians often led an itinerant ...
It's the birthday of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, born in Kansas City, Kansas (1920). He is considered one of the half-dozen greatest jazz musicians, right up there with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Early in his career, he received the nickname of "Yardbird," and then he became known as "Bird." Before Parker's innovations, jazz meant swing, melodies played at dance tempos by musicians in big orchestras who never got to take solos for very long. Late at night, after their big-band jobs were over, Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and other black musicians kept on playing, improvising long lines at blazing speed. Parker used a lot of flatted fifths, and jazz players used the word "bebop" to sing a flatted fifth, but Parker didn't like to use the word for the way he played. "Let's not call it bebop," he said. "Let's just call it music." Parker said: "I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I ...
Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol - Caravan (is now playing
Trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka will lead his Jazz Trio in a performance that will feature the music of jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and others. His trio will also play original compositions from his critically acclaimed albums Into the Night,and Midwest Coast, albums that both charted on the national Jazz Week radio chart reaching as high as the position. Bring your picnics and blankets. In the event of rain, the concert will be at The United Church of Christ, 217 E. Liberty Street, Medina, Ohio 44256 Brought to you in part with generous underwriting from The Medina County Community Fund and The Wolff Family Charitable Trust, The Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Waite and Sons Funeral Home and Lager & Vine Gastropub & Wine Bar, Robert and Cecelia Roman and Ritzman Pharmacy.
IN MEMORIAM: Louie Bellson July 6, 1924 - February 14, 2009 Louie Bellson was born in Rock Falls, Illinois. He was a composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and author. He is also considered one of "The Big Three" drummers along with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Described by Duke Ellington - Verve Records as “not only the world’s greatest drummer...(but also) the world’s greatest musician,” Louie Bellson began playing drums at age three. At 15, he pioneered the double bass drum setup. At 17, he triumphed over 40,000 drummers to win the Gene Krupa drumming contest. Louie performed on more than 200 albums with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie _ Verve Records, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson - Verve Records, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton _ Verve Records, James Brown, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme - Verve Records, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton and his late wife, Pearl Bailey. Louie also had the ...
Tonight at 8pm at the opera house small theater BOGHDADY Big Band CONCERT tunes for Duke Ellington,Astor Piazzola,Chick Corea,Dizzy Gillespie,and others Looking forward to seeing you there
Prepare for a charming evening... With Love will perform music from the Great American Song Book at Tim Noah's Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish on Saturday, June 7th at 7:30 pm. This special ensemble of musicians will share their renditions of compositions and arrangements from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, among others. Prepare to be charmed...
The Village Gate. "New York lost and found" - 3. A Greenwich Village club which left profound traces was the "Village Gate". Very different from "Your Father's Mustache". Renowned for its jazz performances, visiting artists, live recordings and radio shows. But expensive for rookie sailor's - admission charge above more than one beer. Watching the visitors and catching comments from arriving or leaving guests – obviously also another set of visitors. So it happened we just were standing outside the Gate, listening to the music. From Wikipedia: “The Village Gate was a nightclub at the corner of Thompson and Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York. Art D'Lugoff opened the club in 1958, on the ground floor and basement of 158 Bleecker Street. In its heyday, the Village Gate also included an upper-story performance space, known as the Top of the Gate. Throughout its 38 years the Village Gate featured such musicians as John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, ...
Happy Birthday: May 8, 1910 (1981): Mary Lou Williams was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Williams wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred records (in 78, 45, and LP versions). Williams wrote and arranged for such bandleaders as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she was friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.
Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Amad Jamal Trio all at Carnegie Hall in one show, 1952. You could die happy after a concert like that.
Happy Birthday Bobbie Humphrey (1950) Barbara Ann ("Bobbi") Humphrey (born April 25, 1950) is an American jazz flautist and singer who plays fusion, jazz-funk and soul-jazz styles. Bobbi Humphrey has performed for audiences around the world. She was born in Marlin, Texas, and raised in Dallas. Her flute training included classical and jazz styles in high school. She continued her studies at Texas Southern University and Southern Methodist University. Dizzy Gillespie saw Humphrey play at a talent contest at Southern Methodist, and inspired her to pursue a musical career in New York City. She followed his advice, getting her first big break performing at the Apollo Theatre a gig with Duke Ellington. By 1972, she was recording for the Blue Note Jazz label, one of the first female instrumentalists to do so.[1] Humphrey has played with well-known musicians, ranging from Duke Ellington to Lee Morgan. Guitarist George Benson and Humphrey were guest musicians on Humphrey's friend Stevie Wonder's single "Another S ...
"On this day in" 1918, the great Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. She mastered a technique called "scat" in which the singer makes up nonsense syllables to imitate musical instruments: Skee-ba-doobie-do-wah. Though scatting may date back to West Africa, Fitzgerald, along with Louis Armstrong, made it popular in the United States. Ella Fitzgerald first showcased her amazing talents during Amateur Night at Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. The crowds loved Ella, who went on to sing with several groups and many well-known artists such as Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. She made her first recordings in 1935, then went on to record 19 albums from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. In recordings, concerts, and television appearances, Ella Fitzgerald recorded hundreds of songs by great American songwriters such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, and Irving Berlin. Her unmatchable style became nationally recognized and still is.
Happy Birthday, dear Ella! "Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.) She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common - they all loved her."
...sending integrated bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
Best movie quote EVER. "Do your children enjoy jazz music? For I am here to tell you that Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and the whole weed-blowing ginger-colored lot are merely masquerading as musicians and are, in fact, agents of evil. Reefer slows down the smoker's sense of time, allowing him to squeeze in unnecessary grace notes, giving this voodoo music the power to hypnotize white women into indulging in acts of unspeakable degradation. "
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Kenny Burns he went to Northwestern
Teresa Brewer Obituary New York (AP) - Singer Teresa Brewer, who topped the charts in the 1950s with such hits as ''Till I Waltz Again with You'' and performed with jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Wednesday. She was 76. Brewer died at her home in New Rochelle of a neuromuscular disease, family spokesman Bill Munroe said. Her four daughters were at her bedside. Brewer had scores of hits in the 1950s and a burgeoning film career but pared down her public life to raise her children. She re-emerged a decade later to perform with jazz greats Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. ''She was just a wonderful, lovely lady,'' said Munroe, a longtime family friend. ''Her career was always a hobby with her; her family always came first. She always considered her legacy not to be the gold records and the TV appearances, but her loving family.'' Brewer had close to 40 songs that topped the charts, Munroe said, including ''Dancin' with Someone,'' ''Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall,'' ''Rico ...
OK, I'll participate in this, though it's REALLY difficult. Forgive me for tagging some of you! The concept: 13 albums that have influenced and stuck with you over the years, for any reason. They don't need to be the "best" albums ever, just ones that have affected you. Mine should also include MEET THE BEATLES, everything by TOWER OF POWER (particularly the Live "red" album) and many, many more. But this is my visceral list. 1. Don Patterson, FOUR DIMENSIONS 2. Miles Davis, KIND OF BLUE 3. Maynard Ferguson, LIVE AT JIMMY'S 4. Oscar Peterson, NIGHT TRAIN 5. Wes Montgomery/Wynton Kelly, SMOKIN' AT THE HALF NOTE 6. Dizzy Gillespie, Big Band LIVE AT NEWPORT 7. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, NIGHT AT BIRDLAND 8. Larry Young, UNITY 9. John Coltrane, BLUE TRAIN 10. Miles Davis, MILES SMILES 11. Duke Ellington, AT NEWPORT 12. Sonny Rollins, SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS 13. Chuck Mangione, ALIVE Jeff Lashway Mike Clark Jerry Leoni Michael Wolff Pat Bianchi Carmen Intorre Bria Skonberg Hailey Niswanger Steve Johns Ken ...
Black History Month day 17 Quincy Jones Jones, Quincy (Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.), Born 1933– African-American musician, composer, bandleader, and music executive. Jones played trumpet and sang gospel growing up, and studied briefly at Boston's Berklee College of Music (then called Schillinger House). After 1951 he played with Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie and was also an arranger for such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, CountBasie, and his childhood friend Ray Charles. Jones traveled to Paris in 1957, where he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen, became music director for Mercury Records' French division, and briefly (1960–61) led a Big Band. Returning to New York in the early 1960s, Jones became a vice president at Mercury, breaking the executive color barrier there. He also began to compose for films and television, including scores for The Pawnbroker (1965), In Cold Blood (1967), and The Wiz (1978). He coproduced the film The Color Purple (1985) and was ...
BWB..into the 3rd hour with Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Mary Stallings, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Potenza, Michael Buble & Nelly Furtado, Harry James and more. Jazz all the way on BWB. Enjoy
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC December 22nd 1723, Carl Friedrich Abel, composer. 1808, Beethoven's Opus 67: Symphony No. 5 in C minor first performed for Prince Lobkotwitz (1808) 1858, Giacomo Puccini, composer. 1874, Franz Schmidt, composer 1939, Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53. 1941, Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra recorded "Blues in the Night." 1947, Four bands record-Stan Kenton "Interlude:" Dizzy Gillespie "Woody 'n' You:" Duke Ellington "On a Turquoise Cloud:" and Fats Navarro/Dexter Gordon "Index." 1956, Elvis Presley finished the year with 17 hit songs, a record that would stay until the magical year of 1964 when the Beatles had 30.1958, The creation of David Seville, the Chipmunks, made one of the biggest leaps to with "The Chipmunk Song". “The Chipmunk Song” remained in that position for 4 weeks. The Platters moved strongly to with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". 1962, Bob Dylan performed at the Singer's Club in London, his second UK gig.1962, Acker ...
Just wondering when I was sixteen I worked at the American Jazz Festival, at the state Fairgrounds,...I collected autographs of all the Jazz stars in a program book ...I still have the book, there are autographs of just about every legend in jazz, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck , Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Chico Hamilton, plus many other jazz legends just wondering what its worth,.any ideas?
Live performances at clubs, festivals and TV studios from John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and more. - This outstanding DVD series...
Jenkins Orphanage Band . . . gained national recognition as a result of performances in several cities in the Northeast, Midwest and the South. The band made many trips to England where they performed for the Queen on several occasions. . . A number of former band members went on to make a living by playing with outstanding band leaders like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Today the former residents of Jenkins Orphanage are living proof that the programs still work. Former residents have become doctors, lawyers, ministers, musicians, and teachers.
"It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play" - Dizzy Gillespie, Happy Birthday!! And did you know that during the 1964 United States presidential campaign that Dizzy Gillespie, with tongue in cheek, put himself forward as an independent write-in candidate. He promised that if he were elected, the White House would be renamed "The Blues House," and a cabinet composed of Duke Ellington (Secretary of State), Miles Davis (Director of the CIA), Max Roach (Secretary of Defense), Charles Mingus (Secretary of Peace), Ray Charles (Librarian of Congress), Louis Armstrong (Secretary of Agriculture), Mary Lou Williams (Ambassador to the Vatican), Thelonious Monk (Travelling Ambassador) and Malcolm X (Attorney General). He said his running mate would be Phyllis Diller. Campaign buttons had been manufactured years ago by Gillespie's booking agency "for publicity, as a gag", but now proceeds from them went to benefit the Congress of Racial Equality, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther Kin ...
Video Interview (conducted by Ralph Gleason): Earl Hines and Dizzy Gillespie on Duke Ellington
Previously unpublished pictures of Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and more by NYTimes
For all of you music lovers... This is an event you don't want to miss! Uruguayan-born Federico Britos is a 4-time Grammy Award winning jazz and classical composer who has performed with some of the greats (Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman). He's playing in the Miami Tower for FREE. Please come! Hear him live here:
Mike Hardacre's milestones this week is unmissable if you like blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon, great New Orleans trumpet from Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong and Muggsy Spanier. There's a Big Band fest including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Glen Gray, Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. Four great pianists - Art Tatum, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson and Abdullah Ibrahim. There's also the three men who invented modern jazz - Charlie Parker, Bud Powell and Dizzy Gillespie and to cap it all off some great Milt Jackson followed by Freddie Hubbard. Don't miss it - 3pm to 5pm this afternoon or listen again through wcrfm.com
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On this day in 1967, The Doors appeared at The Paramount Theatre Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Paramount became an early home of rock ‘n’ roll, with Alan Freed’s rock ‘n’ roll shows playing at the theater. It also helped introduce Brooklyn to jazz, with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.
So sorry to have neglected you hunters. We were talked into chaperoning our school's prom. What we saw there forced us to have drinks afterwards, if not to forget then only to cope with the images we saw. Here is a new clue for you. We can't wait to see everyone this Sunday! After finding my permanent home in 1934, I hosted such names as Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald. Who am I?
  Trumpeter, author, columnist   In 2013, Michel Laplace celebrated 50 years of attendance of the universe 'jazz '. But he already had love for “classical music" five years earlier (the famous opera singer Robert Massard is a friend of the family). And he made a detour to the rock'n roll (1961-63). On the side of concerts, he switched from Gene Vincent (1963) to Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Buck Clayton, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins (1966), Louis Armstrong (1967), Count Basie, Mahalia Jackson, Pharoah Sanders (1968), Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald (1969)...He therefore had to devote his life to music, also having an interest (without jurisdiction) for painting and no taste for poetry (an exception: Charles Trenet).   Doctor in medicine, he assumed from 1977 two activities in parallel: that of hospital radiologist (former head of Department, retired from 2009) and versatile trumpeter (who does not know retirement).   Since 1977, his wife Lisiane Laplace assist in his musical acti ...
* Today in Music History:May 24th * 1968, The Rolling Stones released the single 'Jumpin Jack Flash' in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack." 1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. In 2009 the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington on the reverse side of the coin. 1999, Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collec ...
JAZZ IN DE STUDIO The real music lovers of Trinidad and Tobago are in for a special treat when Pamberi takes the stage at Studio 66, 66 Sixth Street, Barataria, on Sunday, 2nd June, 2013 in a show entitled “Take Five”. Jazz in De Studio, features Pamberi, the San Juan Steelband that has been winning over audiences in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, and especially in Japan, where they have made 19 tours thus far. One of the most musically innovative steelbands in the world, Pamberi is long associated with originality, cutting their teeth with composer Godwin Bowen, then nurturing their own homegrown composers and arrangers, such as musical director, Brian Villafana, arranger Cheo Cato, and Reon Patterson. This is not to say they do not play music by other composers. Pamberi’s repertoire includes, among others, the music of: Andre Tanker, Hugh Masakela, Lord Kitchener, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Merchant, Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Stevie Wonder and William Cep ...
1. Dexter Gordon's homecoming - After 15 years as an expat in Europe, Dexter Gordon returned in 1976 to give a triumphant performance at New York City's Village Vanguard. 2. Ornette Coleman at the 5 Spot - On November 17, 1959, after the release of the audaciously titled "The Shape of Jazz to Come", Ornette Coleman and his band (which included Charlie Haden on Bass) began an extended stint at the 5 Spot club in NYC. Among the notables that came to witness these innovative performances, were Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. 3. Duke Ellington & Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue - During the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, while performing Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, Duke Ellington gave free reign to tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves who obliged with 27 legendary choruses that drove the crowd to heights of ecstatic frenzy. 4. Jazz at Massey Hall - On May 15, 1953, Bud Powell, Max Roach, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker gave a onetime performance at Toronto's Massey Hall th ...
I mentioned I had a date with an orchestra this weekend. The music is a tribute to the Cotton Club. Harlem's Cotton Club was once the jazz hub of the golden age. Black musicians, singers and dancers entertained an all-white clientele in this hot spot of the 1920s and '30s. The likes of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and many other amazing talents found their rhythm and sound welcomed there, with occasional celebrity guest appearances that included Mae West, Irving Berlin, Judy Garland and Al Jolson. This weekend, The Florida Orchestra will re-create this pulsating world in "A Night at the Cotton Club." Jeff Tyzik will conduct an all-star cast featuring trumpeter Byron Stripling, tap dance artist Ted Levy and vocalist Carmen Bradford. The program includes songs such as "Minnie the Moocher," "Dinah," "Bill Bailey," "Stormy Weather," "I Got Rhythm," "St. Louis Blues" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swin ...
VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Zoe K has cancelled her performance at the BJC tomorrow night, Friday 22 Feb 2013, due to severe health reasons. However her bandleader Costa has produced a show worthy of an excellent night out of Live Jazz. In her place sought after vocalist Sarah Ashton works with her group Swingset to express her unique grace, charisma and creative ideas. On Friday evening Swingset will feature some of Brisbane’s brightest emerging musicians, Lee Brackenborough (sax), Lachlan Mckenzie (trumpet) and Andrew Fincher (guitar). Swingset reignites a vast tradition of jazz music, bringing to life the passion and joy of composers and performers such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. Come and experience the fun and vibrancy of Swingset. Your ticket is still valid and we hope that you will come and enjoy the evening - if there are any queries please direct them to infoor phone the office between 9am - 3pm
2.16.13: Sheila Carrington, of the Edina A Better Chance Foundation, came by, and we both talked by phone with Delfeayo Marsalis, coming to town to perform at the Dakota for the group’s fundraiser. Also played music from Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, Chester Thompson, Wes Montgomery, Jay Epstein, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, and a new vocalist from Oakland, Lisa Forkish. 45 of the week: The Chef, by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis on Prestige. Archived until 3.2.13
Photos of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz legends playing at photographer Gjon Mili's studio in the 1940s.
What Is Jazz Music?: Jazz, often called America's classical music, grew out of a mixture of blues, Western Swing and Western Art music. Jazz has been a part of American culture since the turn on the 20th century and has undergone many different changes since its inception. Jazz players such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie have become household names for both their flamboyant playing styles and highly energetic improvisations. Swing jazz was popular during the 1920s and '30s and was performed by larger "Big Band" ensembles, though some small groups performed this music as well. The leading musicians of this time were Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. What is jazz? According Wynton Marsalis jazz is music that swings. According to Pat Metheny jazz is not the music of Kenny G. According to Webster's jazz is characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre. Personally, I prefer t ...
Louis "Sabu" Martinez (July 14, 1930 – January 13, 1979) was an American conguero and percussionist. A prominent player in the Cubop movement in the 1950s, Martinez appeared on many important recordings and live performances during that period. Martinez also recorded several Latin jazz albums, now recognized as classics of the genre.[1] Born in New York City, Martinez made his professional debut in 1941 at age 11. He replaced Chano Pozo in Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra in 1948, and began performing with Benny Goodman's Bebop Orchestra in 1949. Over the next 15 years, Martinez worked with Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, J. J. Johnson, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams, Lionel Hampton, Noro Morales, Marcelino Guerra, Esy Morales, the Lecuona Cuban Boys, Miguelito Valdés, Tito Rodríguez, and the Joe Loco Trio. He also worked with vocalists Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Harry Belafonte.[2] Martinez first recorded with Art Blakey in 1953, and contributed to ...
Little Known Black History Fact 1911 to 1929, when blacks were moving from the racist south to the north, the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado was born. Known for its jazz and entertainment scene, musicians like Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Nat King Cole flocked to the Five Points neighborhood to stay at the Rossonian Hotel and play at Benny Hooper's Casino. Affluent blacks from the south traveled by railroad to Five Points to hear the jazz. During the return trip, travelers threw newspapers out of the train windows to spread the news of progress in the north to blacks in the south. Nicknamed the "Harlem of the West," Five Points of Denver was a self-sufficient black town, with a streetcar and a network of black professionals. The early 1900 homes had electrical wiring, plumbing and garages. But over the years, with civil rights and desegregation under demand, the Five Points neighborhood became a crime-ridden, abandoned area. The Ku Klux Klan held detailed demonstrations t ...
Ray Brown- Grammy Award-winning double-bassist Ray Brown was a leader in defining the modern jazz rhythm section -- in addition to being a first-rate soloist. His unique dynamic and innate sense of swing graced performances by Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson and countless others. Raymond Matthews Brown was born October 13, 1926, in Pittsburgh, PA -- birthplace to many jazz greats. His musical education began with piano lessons, but when he discovered how many pianists there were in his high school, Brown thought of switching to trombone, but could not afford a horn. The school orchestra needed a bass player and had an extra instrument. After graduating, Brown hit the road with several Big Bands, but stories about 52nd Street in pages of Downbeat pushed him to buy a one-way ticket to New York. On his first night in the city, he bumped into a friend from the road, pianist Hank Jones, who introduced him to trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy was looking for a bass player and hir ...
Tuesday, January 15. 2013 PR Giant Dan Edelman Dies at 92 Daniel Edelman, the PR pioneer and founder of the PR giant that bears his name, died this morning of heart failure at the Univ. of Chicago Medical Center, said his wife, Ruth. He was 92. Dan and Ruth Edelman Photo: Richard Shay "Dan died peacefully this morning in Chicago," said a statement from the Edelman family. "Nobody could have fought harder for the past five months." Edelman, a native New Yorker born in Brooklyn, worked PR for Edward Gottlieb & Associates after serving in the Army analyzing German propaganda during World War II, and following stints at CBS Radio and Musicraft Records, where he publicized artists like Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. Gottlieb hired Edelman to work on the hair styling brand Toni, which was a sponsor of a CBS radio show Edelman worked on and wanted a PR rep near its Chicago base. "Since I was the only single man at Gottlieb, I went," Edelman recalled at his 90th birthday party in Chicago in 2010. He later mo ...
Back in July after bookmarking the Dizzy Gillespie videos we've been playing since then, it seemed like this might go on forever. It is certainly the single longest tribute we've given any musician up to this point, but that's only because we're breaking up our tributes to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, et al. The plan now is to have our next Armstrong tribute cover his post Hot Five/Hot Seven recordings from 1929-1933 when he headed to Europe. Then we'll have a lengthy tribute to Charlie Parker, and then back pedal to pick up our Duke Ellington tribute from where we left off with the previous one, picking it up in 1930.
Been in a DEEP Jazz exploration mood lately... Jazz was the dominate music form in America from the 40's until the mid 60's. It wasn't uncommon for an artist to release an album every 6 to 9 months. This predates today's practice of artist releasing mix tapes every six months to get the word out about new material. I also found it fascinating that clubs were the core source of discovering new music. New York was the Mecca. Albums merely exposed the art form to those outside of NY and abroad. Jazz much like hip hop today, morphed in many styles & sizes of the players, from Big Bands playing standards & swing style jazz in the 30's & 40's ie Duke Ellington & Count Basie, which evolved due to economics, down to small knit quintets, quartets & trios, ie Charlie Parker bridged this transition with Dizzy Gillespie. From this period we start to mine some of the art forms greatest names, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gil Evans & Herbie Hancock to name but a few. From here, jazz incorporated the growing rock & R&B m ...
During the 1964 election, Dizzy Gillespie said that if he were elected president, he would make Duke Ellington the secretary of state, Miles Davis the director of the CIA, Max Roach the secretary of defense, Charles Mingus the secretary of peace, Ray Charles the librarian of congress, Mary Lou Williams the ambassador at the Vatican, and Thelonious Monk the Traveling ambassador. He also said he would rename the White House the "Blues House". Now that's a government I can get behind!!
Happy Birthday, John Coltrane and Bruce Springsteen. From Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac: Today is the birthday of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, born in Hamlet, North Carolina (1926). He grew up in a house full of music, and from the time he first picked up a sax at age 13, he seemed to have an innate gift. He made his first recording in 1943, while serving in the Navy during World War II. He was in the Navy band and recorded a tune with four other sailors. During the 1950s, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, but his addiction to heroin made him increasingly unreliable, and though his talent opened many doors, he was soon fired. Miles Davis gave him a chance in 1955; Davis encouraged Coltrane to experiment musically, but he also held him accountable for his drug use. Two years later, Davis was forced to fire him because he hadn't given up heroin, and this seemed to be the final push Coltrane needed to get clean. He embarked on a solo career, and in 1965, he released A Love Supreme, ...
Who would you put on the list of Black entertainers who had their business together? Quincy Jones, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Gigi Gryce, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Bill Cosby, Jerry Butler, Earl Klugh and Ike Turner. These are the names I came up with initially.
Angeles , a tribute to Duke Ellington, a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, Airs of the Opec and Voyagge of the Giraf...
The UK wide expression of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s acclaimed Essentially Ellington High School Big Band programme. Eleven youth jazz orchestras from across the UK learned traditional Big Band charts by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and Dizzy Gillespie. They received on...
Date: Fri, 1897-05-14 Sidney Bechet was born on this date in 1897 in New Orleans. He was an African-American jazz musician and composer. A young and primarily self-taught Bechet was highly influenced by trumpeter Freddie Keppard. In 1917, he moved to Chicago, and two years later traveled to New York and Europe with an orchestra led by Will Marion Cook. While in London, Bechet discovered the soprano saxophone. He enjoyed living in London, but his fondness for the city ended as a result of an assault charge, leading him back to New York where he worked with Duke Ellington and James P. Johnson. A future trip to Russia, Germany, and France resulted in a similar legal encounter: Bechet spent 11 months incarcerated in Paris for a shooting incident. Back in New York, Bechet developed a close working relationship with trumpeter Tommy Ladnier, the two remaining a notable presence on 52nd Street up to the time bebop overtook the scene. But Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie did not entirely smother his career: Bech ...
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