I’m so Dizzy
It was a warm summer night at the Hollywood Bowl, where we were treated to a performance by the late Dizzy Gillespie’s All-star Big Band. The band was formed in 1998, five years after he passed away, to continue the jazz legacy left by the late John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie.
The band is comprised of many Gillespie Alumni including his closest collaborator James Moody, his former musical director Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi, Antonio Hart, Douglas Purviance, and executive director John Lee, Gillespie’s longtime bassist.
With a combination of big band and jazz, the performers played songs from Dizzy’s Business
to perfection under a starry night.
The opening acts performed “Samba del Rio” with Eric Marienthal as well as Herbie Hancok’s “Watermellon Man” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
It really didn’t matter who was on stage as the ambience of just being the Hollywood Bowl is truly a treat.
It was the final night of the Jazz-1 series, which included performances earlier this summer from Pancho Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Sergio Mendes, Boney James, Fourplay, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, and James Cotton.
Now that the Hollywood Bowl season is ending, it is time to prepare for the opening of the LA Philharmonic at the Disney Concert Hall with the introduction to our conductor, Dudamel.
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