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Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Featuring a Salute to Dizzy Gillespie by Amy Blades Steward

The 2013 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival w ill open at the Avalon Theater in Easton on Friday, August 3 0 w it h a sk y r o c ke t i ng you ng saxophonist, Sharel Cassity, and close with a command performance by Dee Daniels singing jazz and gospel on Sunday, September 1. In between, an intriguing reunion on Saturday afternoon will bring back the music of Dizzy Gillespie as Festival goers anticipate Monty Alexander’s signature concert on Saturday night, August 31. If it’s Labor Day weekend in Easton, it’s the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. Legendar y jazz pianist Monty Alexander, the Festival’s artistic director and namesake, headlines the Festival on Saturday night, August 31, at 8 p.m. and promises to bring down the house. Festival goers will also not want to miss S at u r d a y a f t e r no on’s c onc e r t , wh ic h of fer s a u n ique g l i mp se i n t o t h e mu s i c o f Jo h n B i r k s “D i z z y ” Gi l le spie ~ one of t he great A merican jazz trumpeters

The Festival features a Salute to Dizzy Gillespie. of all time, bandleader, composer a nd a r r a nger. T he c onc er t on S at u r d ay, A u g u s t 31 at 3 p.m . includes performances by bassist John Lee, who played with Dizzy, and returning percussionist Chuck Re dd, who tou re d w it h h i m i n Africa, as well as renowned jazz artist Greg Gisbert, who will take the master’s turn on the trumpet. L ee was a member of Dizz y ’s var ious bands, including t he Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, the 70th A n n iver sa r y Big Ba nd a nd t he Un ite d Nat ion O r c he s t r a u nt i l


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Tidewater Times August 2013

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