Night in Havana-Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba

Starring: Dizzy Gillespie

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The indisputable founding father of "bebop," Dizzy Gillespie remains one of the most recognizable and popular figures in jazz history. During his heyday in the 1940s, Dizzy was one of the first American jazz musicians to incorporate the electrifying sound of Afro-Cuban rhythms into a big-band setting. Forty years later, the legendary jazz trumpeter was invited to Cuba, the wellspring of his inspiration, to headline the Fifth International Jazz Festival in Havana. The journey, as documented in this star-studded film, was a spiritual and triumphal homecoming for the musical genius.

Featuring outstanding performances with then-rising stars trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, among other celebrated Cuban musicians, director John Holland expertly offers a carefully fleshed-out portrait of a musician "whose robust musical ebullience is matched by an earthly sense of humor" (The New York Times). Among the film's performances, Dizzy delivers speed-of-light bop licks on his Afro-Latin and calypso tinged tunes "A Night in Tunisia" and "Manteca," and is candidly captured as he plays, scats, dances, and jokes, with a joy and exuberance that light up the stage.


Studio New Video Group
SKU 40714247
UPC 767685969137
UPC 14 00767685969137
Format DVD
Release Date 7/26/2005
Jazz Legends
Jazz Musicians
Music (General)
Editors Note
Note Jazz history was irrevocably altered when Dizzy Gillespie helped form the burgeoning "bebop" movement in the 1940s. This film offers a glimpse of a trip to Cuba from the legendary trumpet player, where he provided entertainment for the audience at Havana's Fifth International Jazz Festival. Cuban music provided a great inspiration for Gillespie, so it was a fitting location in which to film the star. With a full band behind him, Gillespie performs a series of songs that draw on the traditions of Cuban music, while some intimate footage captures some priceless offstage moments with the talented musician.
Dizzy Gillespie
Cast & Crew
Dizzy Gillespie - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 96913-7
UPC 00767685969137
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Actor Gillespie,Dizzy
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jazz Times What gives this film its glow is the boundless generosity of Gillespie's spirit.

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