Just Because: Dizzy Gillespie, 1987


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In the year of his 70th birthday, Dizzy Gillespie toured extensively in Europe with prominent jazz artists who had played with him in various phases of his career. On February 27, 1987, he gave a concert at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart, Germany. It included a set by his quintet with Sam Rivers, tenor saxophone; Ed Cherry, guitar; John Lee, electric bass; and Ignacio Berroa, drums. It also had a memorable interlude with pianist Hank Jones and Gillespie playing a duet on the trumpeter’s incomparable ballad “Con Alma.” Here, the quintet opens with the Gillespie composition “Tanga.”

The entire concert was carried by ZDF-TV, the German public television service and hosted (in German) by pianist George Gruntz. It also featured Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Gomez and Ed Thigpen. To see and hear the entire hour and 23 minutes, go here.

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This story appears courtesy of Rifftides by Doug Ramsey.
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