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jazz Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt Live at Le Cirque Royal Brussels, 1958

Brussels, 1958

Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt Live at Le Cirque Royal Brussels, 1958

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The year is 1958 and the legendary manager Norman Granz was producing an all-star Jazz At the Philharmonic tour around Europe that featured the veritable jazz stars of the day like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Stitt. The latter two take part in this performance, which took place at Le Cirque Royal in Belgium. Dizzy’s first words, which are designed to settle an already exuberant crown, are simply “asseyez-vous” (sit down). 

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Cast

  • John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie | Bandleader , Trumpeter
  • Sonny Stitt | Bandleader , Alto saxophonist, Tenor/baritone saxophonist
  • Ray Brown | Double bassist
  • Gus Johnson | Drummer
  • Lou Levy | Pianist

Program

  • Benny Golson / John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, Blues After Dark
  • Jimmy McHugh / John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie / Sonny Stitt, On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Jimmy Davis / Roger "Ram" Ramirez / James Sherman / John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie / Sonny Stitt, Loverman
  • Arthur Johnston / Sam Coslow / John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie / Sonny Stitt, Cocktails For Two
  • Lou Donaldson / Sonny Stitt / John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, Blues Walk

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Norman Granz
  • Venue: Le Cirque Royal (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Production date: 1958
  • Recording date: 1958
  • Duration: 31 min
  • Production: © Sonuma — RTBF
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