Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, New York Voices In Concert

Directed By Slide Hampton

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John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-93) was unforgettable. If you knew him, you have a story about him. And he was productive: He first worked in the trumpet sections of big bands, until he stepped forward and led the small-group revolution, creating fast, intricate new music known as bebop and pioneering Afro-Cuban jazz.

Along the way, Gillespie was a great entertainer: a comedian onstage and off, vivid to audiences around the world. In fact, as he traveled, he didn't even need a passport. He would just put his finger to his lips and blow out his cheeks, and the customs officials would say, "Welcome, Dizzy Gillespie!"

Most relevant to the music on Toast of the Nation, Gillespie led his own big bands — three of them. The first was in the 1940s, the second a decade later, and in the 1980s, he formed the United Nation Orchestra.

Alumni of Gillespie's orchestras and new players convene in the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band, with longtime Gillespie sidemen — musical director Slide Hampton (trombone) and executive director John Lee (bass) — running the show on New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The band dedicated the music to the late trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

Dizzy Gillespie All Stars Set List

  • "Manteca" (Fuller, Gillespie, Gonzales, new arr. Hampton)*
  • "Birk's Works" (Gillespie, arr. Wilkins)*
  • "Una Mas" (Dorham, arr. Heath)
  • "Cool Breeze" (Gillespie, Dameron, Eckstine, arr. Dameron)*
  • Encore
  • "Things to Come" (Fuller, Gillespie, arr. Fuller)*
  • * Compositions from Dizzy Gillespie's '40s and '50s big bands.

New York Voices Set List

  • "No Moon At All" (Music by Redd Evans & Dave Mann, vocal arrangement by Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader, big-band arrangement by Darmon Meader)
  • "Jackie" (Music by Hampton Hawes, lyric by Annie Ross, arranged and orchestrated by Darmon Meader)
  • "Li'l Darlin'" (Written by Neal Hefti, arranged & orchestrated by Darmon Meader)
  • "Sing, Sing, Sing" (Music by Louis Prima, lyrics by Peter Eldridge & Darmon Meader, arranged by Darmon Meader)
  • "For All We Know" (Written by J. Fred Coots & Sam M. Lewis, arranged by Peter Eldridge & Darmon Meader)
  • "'Round Midnight" (Written by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Darmon Meader & Jay Ashby, big-band orchestration by Darmon Meader)
  • "Night in Tunisia" (Written by Dizzy Gillespie, vocal arrangement by Darmon Meader, big-band arrangement by Taisei)

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