Wednesday, August 22, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band
Album:Things To Come
Plenty of jazz musicians have recorded tributes to the pioneers of jazz. There have even been tribute bands like the 70s Charlie Parker tribute band Supersax. This Dizzy Gillespie tribute band was started by trumpeter Jon Faddis in 1997. Faddis plays so much like Gillespie his nickname is Dizzy Jr. He was part of the Charles Mingus tribute band Mingus Dynasty. Faddis started The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Bag Band in 1997 to benefit the Manchester Craftsman's Guild in Pittsburgh. This is a non profit arts centre that serves inner city youth in Pittsburgh. All proceeds from the band's albums and concerts went to the Guild. Things To Come was recorded live at the Manchester Craftsman's Guild in 2000 and the CD was released by Telarc in 2002. Faddis produced, arranged and conducted the concert and of course played trumpet too. Other musicians are Earl Gardner, Greg Gisbert, Claudio Roditi and Terell Stafford on trumpet, Jay Ashby, David Gibson, Slide Hampton and Douglas Purviance on trombone, Antonio Hart on alto sax, Frank Wess on alto sax and flute, Jimmy Heath and James Moody on tenor sax, Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, Renee Rosnes on piano, Marty Ashby on guitar, John Arthur Lee on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums. Some are local Pittsburgh musicians but some are internationally known musicians brought in for the show. Faddis led this band for three albums and left in 2004. It doesn't appear there is a version of the band in existence today. It's a charity CD so jazz fans should check it out. I don't have a video of this band but I do have the real Dizzy Gillespie All Stars performing Manteca. It should give you an idea what to expect from The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band.