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The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band LIVE at The Blue Note!

July 11, 2014

dizzyJohn Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. Most noted for his trademark “swollen cheeks”, Gillespie admitted to copying the style of trumpeter Roy Eldridge early in his career.
Roughly two decades since his death at 75, the irrepressible bebop ambassador lives on through several generations of inheritors, including Freddie Hendrix and Claudio Roditi, members of the trumpet section in this repertory band. Also on the roster are the saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the bassist John Lee, both Gillespie alumni, along with estimable talent like the pianist Cyrus Chestnut and the drummer Lewis Nash. Tonight through Sunday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net; $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

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