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Last Call at the Downbeat

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Music Theater

Nov 01, 1942 – Dizzy Gillespie at the Downbeat

In November, 1942, 25-year-old trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is in Philadelphia leading his own quartet at the Downbeat Club. He’s just been fired by big bandleader Lucky Millinder after a stint at the famed Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets – right around the corner. It’s war time, and big band swing is all the rage, but Gillespie has been experimenting a bit with a new approach to music. Something most people don’t even know about yet, something called bebop… he’s anxious to play you a little and tell you a lot about Philadelphia jazz – back in the day.

Artistic Credits

Music - Duane Eubanks
Storyteller - Charlie Rice
Book - Suzanne Cloud
Set Designer - Ryan Long
Videography - Jason Fifield
Choreography - Germaine Ingram


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