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Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Dizzier and Dizzier

Scott Stroman conducting

Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and director Scott Stroman are joined by renowned pianist Trevor Watkis and award-winning trumpeter Byron Wallen to perform a programme of music by Dizzy Gillespie.

The first half of the performance will feature a small ensemble performing music associated with Kingston-born trumpet player and member of Gillespie’s 1968 orchestra, Dizzy Reece. Curated and led by Trevor Watkis, the first half will also feature Byron Wallen on trumpet.

Described as ‘one of jazz’s best and most under-appreciated trumpeters’, Reece left Jamaica in 1948 to settle in the UK and associated himself with leading musicians throughout the 1950s including Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman. He later moved to the United States to take up a record deal with Blue Note, for whom he recorded four albums. Throughout the rest of his career, he became known for a uniquely blistered yet warm tone on his instrument and shared the stage with Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

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