Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All-Stars play The Blue Note

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 Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the founders of bebop, modern jazz, and Latin jazz. The roots of jazz are Creole, so it was always Latin.

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.


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