Sharing The Stage With Your Hero: Dizzy Gillespie & Arturo Sandvoal Play A Night In Tunisia

by chipboaz on May 22, 2017

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There’s a life changing moment that sits in the back of every young jazz musician’s head – an event that could push them into the future in a powerful way; that opportunity to share the stage with their musical hero. There’s no doubt that every young jazz musician has at least one musical hero and they spend a large part of their development balancing hero worship with individual development. Countless hours are spent transcribing, studying, and learning how to play just like their hero; every riff, articulation, ornament, or idea is picked over endlessly. But the time that young jazz musicians have developed into professionals that will take the music into the world, they know the work of their hero intimately and they have a lot of expectations about this idol. So what happens when they share the stage with their role model? Does that person meet their expectations? Do they discover something new? The possibilities are endless.

Today’s video feature brings two important trumpet players together – a worldly legend and a young upstart who share a very special relationship – Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval. Gillespie was certainly a huge influence upon Sandoval, who spent years attempting to study Gillespie recordings, despite the lack of their availability in Cuba. Sandoval was cut off from his hero through the majority of his developmental years, sitting behind an political blockade which left Gillespie in the States. In 1985, Gillespie got the rare opportunity to travel to Cuba, bringing his band in for performances while finding time to collaborate with local musicians. This meant the chance for Sandoval to share the stage with Gillespie, and he certainly did not waste his time on this once in a lifetime event. The two trumpet players play a scorching versions of Gillespie’s Latin Jazz classic “A Night In Tunisia” along with Gillesipe’s band and the stage is on fire – most likely the results that every young jazz musician imagines when thinking about playing with their hero!

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