Dizzy Gillespie & Thelonious Monk

John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, composer and, occasionally, singer. Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music. 5.0/5

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Celebrating the centennials of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Friday, 8 December at Southbank Cen…
Lenny Bruce once lived in her apartment. She was pals with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie & knew Allen Ginsberg. Godspeed, Lois Weisberg.
Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerald Wilson backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1963.
Today in history: 1924, saxophonist Charlie Rouse born in DC. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie & Thelonious Monk:
IN MEMORIAM: Art Blakey October 11, 1919 - October 16, 1990 Art Blakey was a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and bandleader and is known, alongside Kenny Clarke and Max Roach, as one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. Blakey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to a single mother, who he lost shortly after his birth. He was subsequently raised with his siblings by a family friend who became a surrogate mother. Blakey received some piano lessons at school and by the time he was in seventh grade, was playing music full-time. At this time, Blakey had begun to take on adult responsibilities, playing the piano to earn money and learning to be a band leader. He switched from piano to drums in the early 1930s and adopted the aggressive swing style of Chick Webb, Big Sid Catlett and Ray Bauduc. Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He worked with bebop legends Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid 19 ...
Jazz Alley hosting Cherry Poppin Daddies?!! This is akin to spitting on the intellectual achievements of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, et al.
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.
It was an honor and privilege to perform tonight at Minton's in Harlem for a private event. It's a jazz club/restaurant where bebop was born and where the foundations of modern jazz were established (one of many). Six students (2 of which were a bassist and a drummer) and I sang/played on the stage where some of jazz's biggest names either played or performed regularly. Names like Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday... And the list goes on. All of these names that I have been either learning about or learning from or both! So grateful for this opportunity provided by my Blues Ensemble teacher, Daniel "Danny" Mixon, an amazing pianist and musician who is also accompanying me in this video. I hope to do many more gigs like this!!! Anyway, I performed "Lullaby of Birdland" by George David Weiss and George Shearing. Hope you guys like it! If it sounds a little muffled it's because a lot of the speakers ar ...
- Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk in Copenhagen, 1971: - Thanks to for the link up.
Born on July 20, 1916 in Bonham, Texas, HENRY CHARLES 'CHARLIE' CHRISTIAN grew up in a family of musicians and played the piano and the guitar amplified. His guitar skills were such que in 1939 he earned a spot playing with Benny Goodman's band and alongside greats like Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. His single-string technique, combined with amplification, Helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument. Christian died at 25, 72 years ago, today, March 2, 1942 from tuberculosis, yet Became a pioneer of electric guitar playing. Reached His influence beyond jazz and swing. In 1990 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. SWING TO BOP (1941) by Charlie Christian
Jazz poetry is a literary genre defined as poetry necessarily informed by jazz music—that is, poetry in which the poet responds to and writes about jazz. Jazz poetry, like the music itself, encompasses a variety of forms, rhythms, and sounds. Beginning with the birth of blues and jazz at the beginning of the twentieth century, jazz poetry is can be seen as a thread that runs through the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat movement, and the Black Arts Movement—and it is still vibrant today. From early blues to free jazz to experimental music, jazz poets use their appreciation for the music as poetic inspiration. Not only the music but the artists make frequent appearances in jazz poetry: Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Bessie Smith, and Lester Young are just some of the muses for jazz poetry. But writing about jazz poetry is, as they say, like dancing about architecture. Perhaps the form can be best u ...
The improvisatory "bebop" style of modern jazz is developed by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
"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 ...
The Evolution Jam Session Hosted by Pianist, Orrin Evans Presented by Revive Music Tuesday, September 17 11:00 until close Innovation. Exploration. Competition. Revolution. The Evolution Jam Session. The Jam Session is the lowest common denominator for any group of artists. One, maybe two words are exchanged. A melody line is plucked out on a piano. Musicians and artists of all kinds clamor to get on stage with their idols and peers. And now, in the style made prominent in the clubs of Harlem with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie, the culture will live on at Zinc Bar every Tuesday at 11:30PM. Come out and experience the mentorship, competition, collaboration, and best of all: the never before heard unique musical enterprises that come of improvisation and innovation. From the most famous musicians, singers, tap dancers to the emerging generation of artists, we invite you to come and experience one of the most essential tools in furthering this generation of music and artis ...
Check how out of it whilst remaining amazing Dizzy is on this (06:30 onwards) - - Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie...
In today's encore selection -- in the dawn of the Atomic Age, the hottest music trend was bebop. Fast and dissonant, it packed returning soldiers into New York's nightclubs on The Street -- 52nd Street. The high priests of this music were Charlie "Bird" Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and their young protege Miles Davis. To those players, the father of this new music was Thelonious Monk, with "'Round Midnight," his angst-laden song filled with all the strange angularities of the new music: "The war officially ended on September 2, 1945. A celebratory mood pervaded the country, including The Street, where the hipsters were usually too cool to care. War-weary New Yorkers were ready to put the past behind them and embrace the promise of peace, prosperity, and productivity. It was the dawn of a new era, the 'American Century,' when the U.S. emerged as the leading global power. Technology became the country's obsession -- the possibilities of space exploration, jet travel, the availability of cheap televisions and hi ...
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Dizzy Gillespie joins Sonny Stitt, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and others in this 1972 Giants of Jazz concert.
Tonight on the jazz score we'll check out the pioneering bebop pianist and composer Bud Powell from 7-9 PM. We'll explore the ways that Powell helped revolutionized jazz in the 40's alongside Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk as well as covers of some of Powell's compositions by Keith Jarrett, Jaki Byard, Monk, Brad Mehldau, and others. Hope you can tune in - Andrew Oliver
  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 ...
Noted for his rich, resonant tone and metronomic precision, Al McKibbon was one of the premier bassists of the early bebop era, supporting giants like Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Thelonio...
This is incredible! Charles Mingus, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Gerry Mulligan, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, and Thelonious Monk all in one picture!
Respect Harlem! It is, to me, the single most important mecca in modern history (outside of Africa). The amount of people who participated in that movement will never be matched in my opinion. From W.E.B. DuBois to Paul Robeson. From Langston Hughes to James Baldwin. From Marcus Garvey (famous picture of him on Lenox in a chariot) to Malcolm X. From Duke Ellington to Count Basie. From Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday. From James Weldon Johnson to Zora Neale Hurston. From Thelonious Monk to Dizzy Gillespie. The list is literally non-stop. There are many runners up around the world. But I'll go with Harlem. Oh and did I mention EVERYONE was funneled through the Apollo? MJ, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson etc. Every legend has touched that stage. I always knew throughout my early career that I had to grace that stage. It was never a question. It was a must! And I did...several times. What a blessing! Respect Harlem.
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 ...
Limited tickets still available on palmerwoods.org. Music of some of the greatest composers of the 20th Century — African ­American legends, including Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, ­Joe Henderson, ­Jackie Mclean and others will be performed by world-renowned musicians: guitarist ­­A. Spencer Barefield, bassist Dave Young, trumpeter Dwight Adams and percussionist Sean Dobbins. FREE concert for children in the afternoon. Space available, concertseries
From Cafe Jazz host Todd Hill: Join us on this chilly evening at 9 for some jazz so cool that it will warm you up! We'll hear from Jackie Mclean, Bill Evans, Karrin Allyson, Thelonious Monk, Frank Wess, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Nancy Wilson, and many more. On our visit to "Chuck's Music Shop," we will hear from Dizzy Gillespie, Anita O'Day, Gene Krupa, The King Cole Trio, and Woody Herman from the personal collection of the late Chuck Simons, an incredibly fine drummer and educator!
Pioneering percussionist, composer, band leader, and drummer Max Roach worked with dozens of jazz greats, including Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and countless others. Roach's mother was a gospel singer in Brooklyn in the late 1920s, and young Max would start his long musical career playing the bugle before moving on to playing drums for gospel groups by age 10. Roach's first big break came when he was just 18, when he was asked to fill in for Duke Ellington’s drummer, Sonny Greer, for a performance at the famed Paramount Theater. Sideman gigs came in droves for Roach, and he scoured the jazz clubs in Manhattan along with his former school mate saxophonist Cecil Payne. It was in the 1940s, however, that Roach and fellow drummer Kenny Clarke would change jazz drumming forever. The pair were a part of early jazz players who drummed in a new musical time pattern that would eventually help shape the style of jazz known as bebop. The loose drumming style allowed for more spac ...
Harlem Tries Again to Rebuild the Union of Jazz and Food Efforts to revive Minton’s Playhouse, on West 118th Street in Harlem, have sputtered throughout the years. OZIER MUHAMMAD/THE New York TIMES By KIA GREGORY Last Updated: 12:37 PM PST This old dive in Harlem has been shuttered for about as long as it had been open. Yet Minton’s Playhouse will always be known as the cradle of bebop, where the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker jammed into the night. Money woes long left the doors locked and the electric blue marquee on West 118th Street dark. But on a recent frigid morning, there were signs of life, a steady beat with far-reaching reverberations: hammering inside by construction workers, and a public hearing notice for a liquor license taped to the window. The applicant is Harlem Jazz Enterprises L.L.C., led by the businessman Richard D. Parsons, who played trumpet growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; headed two Fortune 500 companies; and has always wanted to open ...
Happy December 5th; Art Davis who pioneered the use of two basses in a jazz combo setting and played with likes of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillesp
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!!
Art Blakey (Addullah Ibn Buhaina), famed jazz musician and bandleader, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on this date in 1919. Blakey played with the likes of Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stit, and Thelonious Monk.
He was a self-taught innovator who used the alto saxophone to change the way musicians would forever speak. He was one of the great improvisers in jazz and together with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk, he fashioned a new music called "Bebop."
I have some friends at the Newport Jazz Festival. Recently I came across this passage from Joe Byrd's memoir, white bicycles about the Newport Jazz Festival in 1965. Sign me up for this roster! And economical! / The Jazz Festival line-up spoke of a genre at its peak: Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines, Frank Sinatra (with orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones), Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Illinois Jacquet, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand), Lee Konitz, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Haden, Elvin Jones, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Paul Bley, Memphis Slim, Bud Freeman, Muddy Waters and, bizarrely, in Thursday’s opening night show, Pete Seeger. There were seven concerts spread over the 4 July weekend with tickets at $3.50 to $6. I may have been alone in viewing Carmen McRae as filler, but I never liked her supp ...
It was pure wonderment. On May 31 and June 1, at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago, I heard the Pat Martino trio perform two shows each night. My friend has claimed front row seats (although the legendary club--in Chicago since 1946) did not officially allow it. We came at about 7:00 for the 8:00 show and heard the band doing a sound check. We instantly recognized Pat's pure, clean, rapid lines. While we waited to go in, we spoke with long-time jazz promoter, and jazz snob/curmudgeon, Joe Seagal, who provided to be charming in his own acerbic way. The outer waiting area was filled with posters and tickets from groups that Mr. Seagal had promoted over many years, including Dizzy Gillespie ("He's my man," said Joe), Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and more luminaries. When we were let in, I greeted Pat, who was standing on stage. I mentioned that we can come from Denver and that I had written him a card containing my booklet Are All Religions One. After jogging his memory, he caught on and thanke ...
DC music lovers, Sonny Stitt, jazz sax legend, passed away in DC thirty years ago this summer. An avid disciple of Charlie Parker's, Stitt developed his own style, which influenced John Coltrane and a generation of others. Stitt's name comes up time and again as a bebop/h...ard-bop mainstay, but one can't ignore his blues and ballads, we can conclude Ellington would say Stitt's playing is "beyond category." He played alongside a virtual who’s-who of the most important names in jazz -- Billy Eckstine, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk -- to name just a few. Unlike many of his list-topping contemporaries, Stitt is less of a household name. We're going to try to learn why this is, as we hear more about the man behind the amazing sound -- and, of course, listen to some of his music! This month, we're lucky to have the opportunity to learn more about this great musician from his daughter Katea Stitt, WPFW's longtime Music and Cultural Affairs Coordinator ...
Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966) was jazz pianist whi was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He was the most significant pianist of the style of modern jazz that came to be known as bebop. His greatest influences were fellow jazz pianists Thelonious Monk, who became his close friend, and Art Tatum. Along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Powell was a key player in the development of bebop, and his virtuosity as a pianist led many to call him "the Charlie Parker of the piano". Powell's father was a stride pianist. The family lived in New York City. Powell learned classical piano from an early age; but, by the age of eight, he was interested in jazz, playing his own transcriptions of pianists Art Tatum and Fats Waller. His older brother William played the trumpet; and, by the age of fifteen, Powell was playing in his brother's band. His younger brother Richie and his schoolfriend Elmo Hope were also accomplished pianists who had significant careers. Thelonious M ...
An evening of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and all that jazz: a perfect finale for the day. Good night and good morning mis amores...
Johnny gave me a bunch of old Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie CDs. This is a huge addition to the jazz collection on my iPod. Thank you, son.
-My father, Dimitar Asenov Navorski, see this photograph in Hungarian newspaper . He say he look at photograph for seven days. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...- -Who are they?- -Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Max Kaminsky of them all together. After looking at photograph for seven days, my father has idea. He begin to write letters to club, Lickety Split, Snookie's Sugar Bowl. He ask the nuns to write English. Hundreds letters. And then he wait. He wait month, week, year. My father wait 40 year. And they all sign names. One by one. They all write their name and send it to my father. All but not one. Benny Golson. Saxophone. My father die before Benny Golson write his name and send to my father. So I make him promise. I keep promise. I promise I will go New York, find Benny Golson, have him write name to put in can.- -And you've been living here so you could do this for your father?- -Maybe I think he do it for me. You say you are waiting for something. And I say ...
What do Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and Bebo Valdez have in common? They're all awesome and they're all in Chico and Rita at the Murdock Theatre, April 19, 7pm.
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