January 16, 1987 |
Pablo Records, the Beverly Hills jazz-oriented company formed by Norman Granz in 1973, has been sold to Fantasy Records of Berkeley for an undisclosed sum. "One reason I made the deal is that there are two sides to the record business: One is the creative end, which I love; the other is the business end, such as distribution, which I hate and became tired of," Granz said in a telephone interview from his home in Geneva on Wednesday.
March 1, 1991 |
Looking regal and colorful in his dashiki and fez, Dizzy Gillespie is dominating the bandstand at the Vine Street Bar & Grill. The group he is leading here is not his United Nation Orchestra, but the quintet with which he usually travels. Looking well and evidently rested after a long layoff, the seminal bebopper seemed to be in good shape; long, well-controlled runs issued from his legendary bent horn in the intimate room.
April 21, 1987 |
Any visit to town by Dizzy Gillespie is an occasion as rare and welcome as a rainbow, but his weekend at the Catalina Restaurant was something doubly special, as the capacity crowds clearly recognized. Of the 1986 band, only bassist John Lee remains.
December 14, 1987 |
Leroy (Slam) Stewart, the Big Band bass player known for his novel manner of humming an improvised jazz solo and simultaneously bowing in octave unison on the bass, died Thursday in his Binghamton, N.Y., home. He was 73. A native of Englewood, N.J., he studied at the Boston Conservatory. After working with Peanuts Holland in Buffalo, Stewart met Slim Gailliard at Jock's Place in Harlem in 1937, and they teamed as "Slim and Slam." In 1938, they scored the national hit "Flat Foot Floogee."
June 1, 2013 |
Jean Bach, who told the story behind a celebrated photograph of jazz luminaries in the award-winning 1994 documentary "A Great Day in Harlem," died Monday in New York City at age 94. The hourlong film chronicles an extraordinary moment in jazz history when 57 celebrated artists -- including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Bud Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Mingus and Sonny Rollins --...
October 22, 1993 |
For most of his musical life, pianist-composer Lalo Schifrin, who has played with Dizzy Gillespie and written soundtracks for such films as "Dirty Harry" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," says he's felt like a fish out of water. "I grew up in classical music," says the 61-year-old native of Buenos Aires, whose father was a symphony musician. "But at age 13, I discovered jazz--Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie--and I became a convert.
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July 1, 2013 |
Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, arranger-composer and music director for stars such as Sammy Davis Jr., Anita O'Day, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Rosemary Clooney, has died. He was 91. Smith died of heart failure Saturday at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, publicist Alan Eichler said. At 6 feet 5, with hands that easily spanned the piano keyboard well beyond octaves, Smith was an impressive sight on stage. Playing with a versatility comparable to that of Oscar Peterson and a harmonic richness similar to the work of Bill Evans, he was both a brilliant soloist and an accompanist who was highly praised by the many singers with whom he performed.
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August 6, 2013 |
Keyboardist George Duke, one of the pioneers of the jazz-fusion movement that merged jazz, rock and funk in the late 1960s and 1970s, died Monday in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, his record label announced. He was 67. The Northern California native was one of the leading forces in bringing jazz and rock together, genres that not only were typically separate in the 1950s and early '60s, but whose proponents often were philosophically at odds.
March 9, 2012 |
Drawn with a moody artistry, shaded by its Cuban musical roots, "Chico & Rita" is a buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes. This is definitely animation for grown-ups — its look is voluptuous, sexy and sultry; its Latin-inflected Dizzy Gillespie sound is seductive; and its story of young lovers whose passions are tested is timeless. It all begins in Havana in the pre-Castro years when rich Americans jetted down for entertainment.
January 24, 2000 |
Dizzy Gillespie is a tough act to follow. Correctly known as one of the founding fathers of bebop, he is credited perhaps a bit less than he should be as a first-rate composer, arranger and band leader. Add to that his engaging skills as an entertainer, scat singer and jokester, and a complete picture of Gillespie as one of the consummate 20th century artists emerges.