Monday, April 5, 2010

Danilo Perez – “Things To Come: 21st Century Dizzy” @ Jazz Standard 4/3/10

This was absolutely fantastic! It was all Dizzy tunes reinterpreted. It was absolutely fantastic. They were all stellar. I loved the percussionist, Jemey Haddad. He had a lots of stuff I never saw before. It was magnificent!

Sunday April 1 - 4
Danilo Perez – “Things To Come: 21st Century Dizzy”
Danilo Perez – piano
David Sanchez – tenor saxophone
Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone
Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, voice
Jamey Haddad – percussion
Ben Street – bass
Adam Cruz – drums
The gifted Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Perez has appeared on our stage many times before. But this engagement promises to be a truly special one: an all-star tribute to the music and spirit of Danilo’s mentor, the legendary Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993). As the youngest member of Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra, Perez learned first–hand how this jazz giant embraced musical and personal collaborations throughout the world. “21st Century Dizzy” features arrangements of both Gillespie favorites and original group compositions, performed by a handpicked band with its collective roots in Afro–Cuban, bebop, Indian, African, and Middle Eastern music. “When the dust settles, the pianist Danilo Perez will be looking like one of the best things that happened to jazz around the turn of the millennium.” (The New York Times)

No comments: