Weekend Extra: Dizzy Gillespie & Red Mitchell

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The image to the left captures a moment in a short, happy period in the histories of two major figures in the jazz of the late twentieth century. In 1970 bassist Red Mitchell joined Dizzy Gillespie's quintet for a European tour that included concerts in Holland and France. When I recently visited Mike Longo in New York, he recalled the tour as one of the highlights of his eight years as Gillespie's pianist and music director. Guitarist George Davis and drummer David Lee came to Gillespie's … [Read more...]