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Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience

Dizzy Gillespie & Afro Cuban Experience

On tour Spring/ Summer 2020


 Dizzy Gillespie was introduced to Chano Pozo in 1947 by Mario Bauza. They became life-long friends and together developed Afro-Cuban jazz, which became extremely successful, attracting people to dance to its unique rhythms. Gillespie's most famous contributions to Afro-Cuban music are the compositions "Manteca" and "Tin Tin Deo".

Machito's Afro Cubans (formed in 1940) created Cu-Bop and were a major influence on musicians like Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy loved the style so much that, in 1975, he invited Machito Jr. or Mario Grillo, to join his band for the recording of Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods. So it is only fitting for Machito Jr. to join the Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro-Cuban Experience for this concert under the direction of Dizzy's long-time bassist, John Lee. 

The Afro Cuban Experience, a 6-8 piece ensemble led by John Lee, showcase the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies (such as ‘Manteca’ and ‘Tin Tin Deo’) of Gillespie’s oeuvre of Cu-Bop which he developed with Chano Pozo in the 40s and 50s. Their repertoire also explores the broader world of Latin-American music- the tunes that Dizzy would have been playing today.

The musicians are drawn from the high-calibre pool of New York-based talent that frequent the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and All Star groups, such as trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, saxophonist Sharel Cassity, Brazilian pianist / vocalist Abelita Mateus, drummer Tommy Campbell and percussionist Roger Squitero. They perform with energy, verve, and style, putting their own fresh stamp on a well-known genre. The group can perform as various sizes from sextet to octet.





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