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Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Celebration

Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:00 PM


Join us for a celebration of the late dynamic trumpeter, NEA Jazz Master, and 1990 Kennedy Center Honoree Dizzy Gillespie with a lineup of lively jazz performances from renowned musicians.


$19 - $69

Run Time

Approx. 2 hours


Exactly 100 hundred years to the day of his birth, the Kennedy Center celebrates the late dynamic trumpeter, NEA Jazz Master, and 1990 Kennedy Center Honoree Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), with performances by The Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band; NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Heath, and Jimmy Owens; Terell Stafford, Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut, and Steve Davis with bassist and Dizzy Band Executive Director John Lee; and others to be announced. Known for his virtuoso style and complex improvisations, Gillespie popularized bebop in the 1940s and championed the rich rhythms of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, and Brazilian music found in jazz today.

Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, with no intermission.
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