Friday, April 21, 2006

Recreating Jazz History @ the Atlas

Levine School Jazz Quintet to Recreate Historic Massey Hall Concert

Members of the Levine School of Music’s Jazz Faculty will recreate the historic Massey Hall Concert at 3pm Sunday April 23, 2006 at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE. Tickets are free and can be reserved by calling the Atlas Box Office 202-399-7993.

On that long-ago evening, often called the “greatest Jazz concert ever,” Jazz’s biggest stars aligned to make music and history together. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach performed jazz favorites such as Perdido, Salt Peanuts, All the Things You Are and A Night in Tunisia.

The audience was small due the promoters overlooking the heavyweight boxing championship also happening that same evening. The only surviving account of the concert was a personal recording taped by Charles Mingus and Max Roach which was eventually distributed on the Debut label. The evening was also unusual because Charlie Parker played a borrowed, plastic saxophone. The members Levine School of Music Jazz Faculty who will perform are Chris
Battistone, trumpet, Noah Getz, alto saxophone, Pepe Gonzalez, bass, Bob Sykes, piano and, Tom Teasley, drums. The musicians intend to recreate this historic concert by performing quintet selections played that evening. These tunes are considered jazz standards and are played frequently in concerts throughout the world.

Jen DeMayo

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