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Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor, (212) 721 6500

Through Sunday (January 29)

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, Jazz at Lincoln Center honors this founding father of modern jazz – who was also, like Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, as great an entertainer as he was a musician – with a week of diverse shows and sets. The main event is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, under the direction of trombonist Vincent Gardner, playing Gillespie’s big band masterpieces like “Things to Come.” (Rose Theater, Thursday January 26, Friday January 27, Saturday January 28) In the Appel Room, bassist Henriquez explores “The Latin Side of Dizzy Gillespie” with an all-star group including several notable Latin musicians, among them percussionist Pedrito Martinez and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana. And in Dizzy’s – the club named after the Great Gillespie himself – at least three trumpeters will play Dizzy’s music and sing his praises, Riley Mulherkar (Thursday January 26), Bruce Harris (Friday January 27 to Sunday January 29, 7:30PM shows), and Theo Croker (Friday January 27 to Sunday January 29, 9:30PM shows).

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR, and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)