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  1. The real "Dynamo B"

    Dizzy Gillespie recorded 2 tunes, "Dynamo A" and "Dynamo B", for Dial in Feb. 5, 1946. Actually, both are 2 takes of what we know now as "Dizzy Atmosphere". On a radio broadcast from Band Box in Mar. 30, 1953, asked by Leonard Feather, Charlie Parker explained like "It(Dynamo A) wasn't 'Dizzy Atmosphere'. It's not the same record at all. This is a thing they recorded in Los Angeles quite a few years ago, it's a satire of the tune 'Lover'..." and played what we know now as "Diggin' Diz" as an example of "Dynamo A" (unfortunately he didn't play "Dynamo B"!). So I guess Bird thought "Diggin' Diz" was the real "Dynamo A". Then, I wonder what was the real "Dynamo B". The Feb. 5, 1946 session produced 8 tunes -- "Confirmation", "Diggin' Diz", "Dynamo A & B" (2 takes of "Dizzy Atmosphere"), 2 takes of "When I grow Too Old To Dream" and 2 takes of "'Round Midnight". So my best guess is "Dynamo B" was actually the working title of "Confirmation". How do you think? Is there any other recording of "Dynamo B"?
  2. “Diggin' Diz”

    I have been trying to verify the first release of “Diggin' Diz" with Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Lucky Thompson (ts) George Handy (p) Arvin Garrison (g) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d) that has an uneven history in jazz discographies. Most claim that is was released on Dial 1004. All of the versions of Dial 1004 that I have listened to are “Diggin' For Diz” that was recorded on the second Dial date, February 7, 1946, with different personnel. The same discographies note that it was also released on Dial LP 207 and Spotlight SPJ-101. I wondered if any forum members own any of the above releases and could verify if “Diggin' Diz” is on a version of Dial 1004, Dial LP 207, or Spotlight SPJ-101? Geoff Wheeler conducted extensive research on Dial. He states on page 120 of his magnum opus on Dial that the date of the first recording session was February 4, 1946, as verified in the Ross Russell Collection.
  3. Hey all, a new Night Lights is up for online listening, profiling the early-period jazz recordings of "Mission: Impossible" composer Lalo Schifrin. It includes two selections from his recordings as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's group, music from his collaborations with Bob Brookmeyer and Paul Horn, and some of his leader dates as well: Jazz Mission Possible: Lalo Schifrin's Early Years
  4. Last week's Night Lights show, Diggin' Diz: A Musical Portrait of Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, put together in honor of the Gillespie centennial, is now archived for online listening. The program includes the rare 1944 broadcast of Gillespie and bassist Oscar Pettiford's quintet performing "A Night In Tunisia."
  5. Los Angeles Jazz Institute West Coast Jazz Heritage Series BEBOP INVADES THE WEST Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s Historic Los Angeles Debut Friday, August 29, 2014 8:30pm Los Angeles Musicians Union Auditorium 817 Vine St., Hollywood featuring Jazz Legends Charles McPherson and Jon Faddis with Charlie Shoemake, Tom Ranier and more In December of 1945 Dizzy Gillespie brought an all star sextet to Hollywood for an 8 week engagement at Billy Berg’s Nightclub. It was a significant event in Los Angeles jazz history which brought the creators of modern jazz to the West Coast. In addition to Bird and Dizzy the group included Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown and Stan Levey. To celebrate this momentous occasion we return to Vine St. to present an incredible all star sextet performing the bebop classics that were introduced to West Coast audiences during that historic engagement. August 29 is also Charlie Parker’s birthday so it will be a double celebration and a night you won’t want to miss. Pre-Concert Dinner/Party Billy Berg’s Revisited 6:00pm Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St. Los Angeles The original building which housed Billy Berg’s still stands and is now Los Balcones Restaurant. We’re having a special pre-concert dinner/party in this historic location which will include a screening of Billy Berg’s home movies from 1945-46 and rare broadcast recordings from the club. The party includes dinner and is only available to the first 50 VIP ticket holders. Tickets: $75 VIP (includes dinner at Los Balcones and preferred concert seating) $40 Concert Only The VIP package will sell out very quickly so call now. Seats are assigned in order received. You can use your credit card to order tickets at (562)200-5477