Dizzy Gillespie

Cab Calloway: Sketches

Cab Calloway vs. Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz writer Gary Giddens and jazz critic/cultural historian Stanley Crouch tell one of the great stories about the rivalry between Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie, both eccentric performers in their own right, when Gillespie played trumpet in Calloway’s band. Cab Calloway: Sketches premieres nationally Monday, February 27 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local […]

Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

About Charlie Parker

“There was one thing he wanted to do. He didn’t worry about anything else — as long as he could play that horn.” – Jay McShann At age eleven, he had just begun to play the saxophone. At age twenty he was leading a revolution in modern jazz music. At thirty-four, he was dead from […]