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Jazz Stories at Massey Hall

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Here at Soundboard, it’s difficult to drop the word ‘jazz’ without referring to a particular night in Massey Hall history: May 15, 1953, the night of what’s come to be known – and, occasionally, the name under which the recording of that night has been released – The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever.
The Quintet, as the band became known, comprised five of jazz’s top talents, gathered for the first and only time: Charlie “Bird” Parker (sax), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Bud Powell (piano), Charles Mingus (bass) and Max Roach (drums). This legendary concert has, in the decades since, done much to remind us that you can’t spell “history” without “story.”
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Today marks 60 years since “the greatest jazz concert ever” and the event and resulting live album, which has many legendary layers, that saw Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach in their one and only live collaboration.

Without any rehearsals or even a sound check, this is the first blast of music where the quintet performed – “Perdido:”

And then listen to Charlie Parker as he explains:

“At this time we would like to play a tune that was composed by my worthy constituent Mr. Dizzy Gillespie in the year of 1942. We sincerely hope that you do enjoy CONTINUE READING >

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