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#CountBasie

CountBasie, nato William Allen Basie (Red Bank, 21 agosto 1904 – Hollywood, 26 aprile 1984), è stato un compositore, pianista, direttore d’orchestra e bandleader statunitense di musica jazz.

William James Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) professionally better known as Count Basie, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By 16 years old, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten’s band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten’s death in 1935.

In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two “split” tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie’s theme songs were “One O’Clock Jump”, developed in 1935 in the early days of his band, and later “April in Paris”.

William Basie, dit Count Basie, né le 21 août 1904 et mort le 26 avril 1984, est un pianiste, organiste et chef d’orchestre de jazz. Son orchestre s’inscrit dans la tradition de Kansas City, ville-berceau du middle jazz orchestral. Il était surnommé la machine à swing.

Son big band représente, avec celui de Duke Ellington, la quintessence du jazz classique dont il a porté la bonne parole pendant 50 ans dans le monde entier. Il a abordé tous les registres, du blues aux succès de Broadway en passant par les grands standards, toujours avec la même ferveur sincère.

Le Count Basie Orchestra aura été un tremplin pour nombre de musiciens majeurs de l’époque comme Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Buck Clayton, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Dicky Wells, Buddy Tate.

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#DizzyGillespie

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (Cheraw, 21 ottobre 1917 – New York, 6 gennaio 1993) è stato un trombettista, pianista e compositore statunitense. Jazzista, fu anche cantante, percussionista e bandleader. Con Charlie Parker fu, negli anni quaranta, uno degli inventori e delle figure chiave del bebop e del jazz moderno.

John BirksDizzyGillespie (/ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.

Allmusic’s Scott Yanow wrote, “Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up copying Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis’s emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy’s style was successfully recreated […] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.”

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic complexity previously unknown in jazz. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks and his light-hearted personality were essential in popularizing bebop.[citation needed]

In the 1940s Gillespie, together with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman

John Birks « Dizzy » Gillespie, né à Cheraw (en) en Caroline du Sud le 21 octobre 1917, mort le 6 janvier 1993 à Englewood, New Jersey, est un trompettiste, compositeur et chef d’orchestre de jazz américain de jazz américain.

Avec Miles Davis et Louis Armstrong, il est considéré comme l’un des trois plus importants trompettistes de l’histoire du jazz, ayant participé à la création du style Bebop et contribué à introduire les rythmes latino-américains dans le jazz.

Dizzy Gillespie se distinguait en particulier par sa trompette au pavillon incliné vers le haut, il jouait parfois avec une sourdine. Ses joues gonflées à bloc comme celles d’un crapaud, ainsi que sa joie de vivre et son humour ravageur sont pour beaucoup dans sa popularité auprès du public. En tant que musicien, il avait une technique époustouflante et une vitesse de jeu impressionnante.

John Birks Gillespie (Cheraw, Carolina del Sur, Estados Unidos, 21 de octubre de 1917 – Englewood, Nueva Jersey, 6 de enero 1993), más conocido como Dizzy Gillespie, fue un trompetista, cantante y compositor estadounidense de jazz

Gillespie, con Charlie Parker, fue una de las figuras más relevantes en el desarrollo del bebop, y del jazz moderno. Fue durante toda su vida un incansable experimentador de música afroamericana, lo que le llevó a experimentar con el jazz afrocubano, colaborando con percusionistas como Chano Pozo, y otros géneros como el calipso, la bossa nova o a colaborar con músicos externos al mundo del jazz, como Stevie Wonder.

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