THIS WEEK IN NYC: DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STAR BIG BAND AT THE BLUE NOTE THROUGH SUNDAY
Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band will perform at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, May 28th through June 2nd with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. History has produced its share of great artists and great people - John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and smaller Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie's musical ventures. The groups feature some of Dizzy's closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath; veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, vocalist Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Lewis Nash; and musical director John Lee. All of them are bandleaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify Dizzy's style, range, and commitment. There is a $25-$35 cover.
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