Dizzy Gillespie and James Moody
A lovely performance of “No More Blues” by the 1965 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, which is the subject of our Mosaic Set 234, The Verve Philips Dizzy Gillespie Small Group Sessions. Rarely has a small group been so musically precise and loose at the same time. And of course, their improvisational abilities and the clown chemistry between Dizzy and Moody are priceless.
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Dick Hyman: What Really Happened with Bird and Diz
Marc Myers once again brings a deserved spotlight to a jazz master. In this JazzWax interview, he speaks with Dick Hyman, who relates his musical experiences with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Tony Scott and in particular, the famous television broadcast of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. This well known footage, with southpaw drummer Charlie Smith and bassist Sandy Block, has always been looked upon with racial overtones. Ever since I saw this clip some 30 years ago, I never thought there was ever any “bad blood” between columnist Earl Wilson and Bird or Dizzy, and it’s refreshing to see someone who not only was the pianist on this kinescope, but was the bandleader for this Dumont television rarity, set the record straight.
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The Early Years of Jimmy Heath
We’ve been relating in the Gazette the resurgent interest in John Coltrane’s formative years in Philadelphia. Another distnguished musical citizen of that City was saxoophonist and composer Jimmy Heath. In this 2009 JazzWax interview, Marc Myers adroitly elicits Jimmy Heath’s impressions of the jazz world in the late 1940s — especially his first foray into Dizzy Gillespie’s world, from the eyes of youth — albeit highly talented youth.
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Diz on Bird: from the Jazz Review
Peter Blasevick is among those now posting a copy of the Jazz Review from 1961, with a revealing interview by Felix Manskleid with Dizzy Gillespie on Charlie Parker — revealing not just about Bird, but about Diz, too. Check out the interviews in that issue on Basie and Budd Johnson, too. The Jazz Review: arguably a bargain even then, at 50 cents.
(Photo of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, with bassist Tommy Potter left, John Coltrane, right, from pandistellamelo.tumblr.com)Read More