The Michigan Doily
Thursday, March 24, 1988
By Marc S. Taras
This week's engagement
legendary Dizzy Gillespie wi
the Ann Arbor community
rare opportunities. When th
renowned jazz trumpeter se
the Bird of Paradise for eigh
running from Thursday throe
urday, an unusual and exciti
timate setting is guaranteed.C
sets will welcome audience
ages, providing a rare treat f
one: catching "The Diz" in
scene! And the band ... Hoo
group that includes fiery m
strumentalist Sam Rivers an
John Lee will shake the fou
of any venue.
In a brief article the pr
not what to say, but rather,v
to say- Gillespie has contri
much to the world.
History of Dizzy Gilles
One: Born John Birks Gill
South Carolina in 1917,
raised in a musical home. V
couragement from his fa
amateur musician, the youn
spie began his studies of th
bone at the age of 10. He
mented with other instrume
eventually settled on the trum
At the age of 18, Gillespi
to Philadelphia and took a jobv
Frank Fairfax. In 1937 he replace
less a talent than Roy Eldridge in
Teddy Hill Band, and two years1
with the found himself working with theN
ll afford popular Cab Calloway Orchestra
several had amazing technique by this p
e world and could fly through the up
ts up at register of the trumpet with frigh
It shows ing ease and skill. His depth in
ugh Sat- ory and harmony was extraordina
ngly in- one so young. Check out his e
Opening recordings; Wynton Marsalis
-s of all nothing on young Diz! And
3r every- played with great emotion and ve
n a club The History of Dizzy Gille
-boy! A Part Two: The stage is set f
nulti-in- handful of young visionaries t
d bassist the world on its collective ear.J
ndations Birks Gillespie will be one of th
In 1941 Gillespie meets Cha
oblem is Parker, a.k.a. "Charlie Chan,""
what not Yardbird," or simply, "Bird." Pa
buted so would pilot a young crew into
new musical frontier: be-bop. It
pie Part a hectic, exceedingly fast, and pr
espie in iously complex musical langu
he was Be-bop had a radical new logic
With en- was embraced by some and dismi
ther, an by others. The changes came fast
Lg Gille- furious, confounding lesser lig
le trom- and separating the musical menf
experi- the boys. Along with Bird, thep
nts, and ciple architects of this new so
npet. were Thelonious Monk, Ke
e moved Clarke, and Dizzy Gillespie.
with There was a new milieu. And
d no Dizzy was at the hub. New music.
a the New language. New fashion. A new
later way of life. With his hip jive-talk,
very beret, specs, and goatee, Diz was the
. He quintessential hipster. With his bel-
oint lowing cheeks and horn bent toward
)per heaven, he was the quintessential
iten- bopper; the inspiration to a genera-
the- tion of players, including a youngster
ry in who would later hold down the
ary trumpet chair with Parker's band:
had Miles Davis.
he By the end of the '40s bop had re-
rve. defined modern music. Dizzy had led
espie numerous bands of his own and be-
or a came an acknowledged giant in the
n set world of music. He has continued to
John experiment and grow over the past 40
hem. years- leading orchestras and small
arlie groups that are in demand all over the
"The world. He was one of the pioneers in
arker merging Afro-Cuban influences with
was Gillespie was last in Ann Arbor
ecar- in the spring of '86 when the city's
age. chapter of Jazz for Life was born. He
that didn't hesitate to aid this fine organi-
ssed zation which offers jazz music as a
t and medium for raising funds for local
ghts, organizations benefitting children in
from need. What could be finer than jazz
prin- helping kids!
Fund Now Gillespie is returning to Ann
enny Arbor in high style; bringing a world
class band that includes Sam Rivers
on sax and piano, Ed Cherry on gui-
tar, bassist John Lee, and drummer
Ignacio Berroa. There's plenty to say
about these performers, too. They are
really too much. This show would be
worth attending if only to see Sam
Rivers. Here is a completely original
voice from the Coltrane generation
and the opportunity to see him chair
with Dizzy should not be missed.
Really. Volumes could be written
about Rivers; he is another bad cat.
However, talk is cheap. And this
show isn't. But my goodness! What
you get for that "four-ple fin!" Dizzy
Gillespie and Sam Rivers in a club
the size of your living room. The
proof is in the hearing the reward
comes with listening and reflection.
At 71, Gillespie hasn't got time to
slow down. No way. He's hiring
Sam Rivers! He knows that this is
the music of life itself.
Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:30
nightly with an additional late show
at 11:30 Friday and Saturday. The
7:30 shows are open to all ages with
9:30 and 11:30 shows open to those
21 and over only. Tickets are $20 and
are available at the Bird of Paradise,
207 S. Ashley, in advance and the
night of the show. For more infor-
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