The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All-Stars are one of the legacy bands of one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All Stars play the Blue Note
The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All-Stars play the Blue Note Jazz Festival at The Blue Note in Greenwich Village, NYC on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8 & 10:30pm. Tickets $35
Dizzy reconnected jazz with its Latin roots in 1947 when he asked Machito’s arranger Mario Bauzá for a conga player. Bauzá introduced Chano Pozo who co-wrote Gillespie classics Manteca and Tin Tin Deo. Congas now seem a standard part of the jazz story, but it was Dizzy who brought them into mainstream jazz.
Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All Stars
In 1975, Machito’s son Mario Grillo (Machito Jr.) joined his legendary father in Dizzy’s band to record “Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods” with arrangements by Chico O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill’s father). That is the foundation for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience or All Stars.
When Dizzy passed away, his longtime bassist John Lee got the naming rights and leads the various Dizzy Gillespie orchestras.