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Newly produced interview with Dizzy Gillespie.
(Published: September 29, 2010)

Soulandjazz.com Presents:
Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran
Episode 2: Dizzy Gillespie

Music Additions Remixed & Reproduced by J. Scott Fugate, "The Jazz Evangelist"

Here it is:

Here's the story:
Back in the mid-80's on National Public Radio (NPR) in America, a show ran called Sidran On Record. Presented by Ben Sidran, a musician, author, lecturer and journalist, the show featured interviews with the great and the good from the world of Jazz. Miles, Dizzy, Herbie and Grover were amongst 60 interviews that ran over the course of 5 years. Many of the legends featured are sadly no longer with us, but the recordings are, and several years back Ben released these as part of a wonderful, 24 CD box set called Talking Jazz - bringing to life a golden period of entertainment and understanding as we learn about the masters, their thoughts and their works. Whilst this may seem like an advert for this prestigious box set, it isn't really. Promise. We've been in touch with Ben and asked for his permission to use these interviews and create our own shows based on his works. Ben gave it two thumbs up and we're delighted to present to you Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran, our most ambitious project to date.

Here's the details:
Episode Two features one of the iconic inventors of Be-Bop - John Birks `Dizzy' Gillespie, in a wonderfully compelling interview with Ben. We're sure you'll know the music, but the spirit and delightful humor of the man will shine through as well, which although makes us sad that he's no longer with us, allows us a chance to celebrate his life, music and anecdotes. It makes for truly compelling listening, but we'd prefer to let you discover the content rather than telling you about it - and potentially spoiling the extraordinary 56 minutes and 10 seconds broadcast.

We really hope you enjoy, so please, tell us your thoughts and your friends as well! Stereo, not stereotypical. If you fancy buying the box set, which includes the full sixty interviews, you can do so on the Talking Jazz web site: http://www.talkingjazz.com/

Here's the PLAYLIST:
Excerpts, solos, and music bed behind the interview
Talking Jazz with Ben Sidran
Episode 2: Dizzy Gillespie

Artist - Track - Album - Year

Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra - Groovin' High - Groovin' High - 1945

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie - Shaw `Nuff (excerpt) - Burnin' Bird - 1945

Charlie Parker - Blowtop Blues - Burnin' Bird - 1947

Charlie Parker's Re-boppers - Ko-Ko (excerpt) - Ken Burn's Jazz - 1945

Dizzy Gillespie & Sarah Vaughan - Ooh Pa Pa Dah (Live / excerpt) - Live Performances By Dizzy Gillespie - 1947

Dizzy Gillespie - Birk's Works (Live / excerpt) - Dizzy Digs Paris - 1953

Dizzy, Bird, Bud Powell, Mingus, & Max Roach - Salt Peanuts - The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall - 1953

Dizzy, Bird, Bud Powell, Mingus, & Max Roach - A Night In Tunisia - The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall - 1953

Dizzy, Bird, Bud Powell, Mingus, & Max Roach - Perdido (excerpt) - The Quintet: Jazz At Massey Hall - 1953

Dizzy Gillespie & Jon Hendricks - Vote Dizzy (Salt Peanuts) - Dizzy For President - 1963

More Information: http://www.soulandjazz.com/category/talking-jazz-with-ben-sidran/episode-2-dizzy-gillespie/

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